Poreč, as it is today, was constructed by Romans 2000 years ago. The main streets, Cardo and Decumanus, have saved their original form. The city is situated on the western side of the Istrian peninsula and it has about 20 000 residents. After Pula, it is the second largest city in Istria. Through history, people in this area have made their living as farmers and fishermen. Today tourism is the main source of income. The thing that the city is most famous for is the monument of the Euphrasian Basilica which has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Accommodation in the city:
From the 70’s of the 20th century, Poreč has been the capital city of Croatian tourism. Along 37 km of coast you can find all kinds of accommodation. There are about 30 hotels in the Poreč area with 95 000 beds, 13 camps, nudist camps, 16 apartment complexes, villas, bungalows, family houses and villas with pool. In the summer season the number of people in the Poreč area sometimes grows to 120 000. The most known tourist resorts in the Poreč area are Plava Laguna, Zelena Laguna and Bijela uvala. Private accommodation in Porec can be found in all city parts, including the historical old town centre.
Things to see – sights in Porec:
Taking into consideration that the city dates back to Roman Empire, it is a museum itself. The old town which is situated on a small peninsula has saved its original street system. The most famous cultural monument is the Euphrasian Basilica built in the 6th century.
At the very end of the peninsula there are remains of the Roman square (forum) with two temples, Mars and Neptune which were built in the 1st century. Three of 11 towers are preserved. They were all built in the 15th century for defense against the Ottomans.
From the Gothic period 15 palaces are preserved. The Homeland museum of Poreč is situated in the Sinčić baroque palace from the 18th century. In the museum you can see an archeological collection and Roman monuments, pictures, artistic items, documents and a historical library.
Where to eat in the city:
There are numerous restaurants along the Riviera of Poreč. All of them offer dishes prepared from sea food, but there are also restaurants which offer specialties typical of the continental Istria. These are the most famous specialties of the restaurants in Poreč: sea food which includes fish, squid, shells and crabs in sauce with pasta, as risotto or fish soup, the Istrian pršut which is usually served with cheese and olives, truffles which are famous worldwide and they are prepared with pasta or in omelets. Istrian wines are also very well know. Famous white wines are Istrian malvazija, white and grey Pinnot. Among the red wines there are Merlot, Cabarnet, Borgonja and others.