Porec Old Town
Porec Old Town
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  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the high points of our entire trip.
    Porec is a charming seaside town in Istria. Once a Roman colony which after centuries of splendor, was sacked by the Goths and fell into decline. Some Roman remains still can be viewed. In 539 it was conquered by the Byzantines, who founded a bishopric around the year 800. It is during this time when all the Byzantine architecture comes in, namely the Basilica of Euphrasius. And let us not forget the Venetian traces which are easily recognizable in the Gothic-style palaces. I researched where to park. Attempting to keep costs down, we parked at the lot furthest from town at Parking Zatika, located at the entrance of town, near the sport hall Zatika, and town's cemetery. This parking lot was large, and largely empty when we arrived. It was a bit further out of the old town (15 min walk), and was the cheapest parking in Porec. We visited in mid May so Porec was yet not overrun with tourist. The old town still has a typical Roman street layout; it's mostly symmetrical, with two main intersecting streets, the main street being Decumanus Street. Lateral to the two main streets, there is a tangle of alleys and paved alleys, in which it is easy to get lost and turned around as one walks through them looking upwards, in search of the details in the houses and buildings that frame them. As you stroll, admiring all the architecture, make your way down towards the Marafor Square. Back in Roman times, this area was the forum. As we strolled through the Old Town, I had to keep in mind that Porec was heavily bombed during WWII and many building were severely damaged. We knew about the mosaics in the Euphrasian Basilica, but even though I pored over guides for months, we were not prepared for the extent and amazing complex in which the cathedral is located. It is an absolute don’t miss! We spent so much time in the Bishop’s complex and then the rest of this beautiful town, we did not have time to check out the Baredine Cave system as planned. And if you have the time, finish off your visit with a stroll along the Lungomare Porec (Waterfront promenade) that circles the entire old town. Take in the ambience and enjoy the harbor scenery with the historic wall, the countless pastel colored town houses, the fabulous restaurants and cafés and the luxurious yachts.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • John L
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely town in Croatia
    Really enjoyed trip to Porec no cars in town all pedestrianised which was great. Loads of friendly restaurants bars and cafe. Lovely seafront stayed a week and will be back. Was a little expensive but worth it
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • John Hicks
    Old Basing, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Croatia’s jewel in their crown - Porec
    We spent a lovely day wandering through the old town of Porec with open-air cafes and restaurants, fascinating shops (everything on offer from souvenirs and clothes to local liqueurs and the largest selection of plastic ducks ever!). The Basilica was so interesting. The history of the site is fascinating and the relics and architecture make this a visit to this World Heritage centre well worth the small admission fee. Even with slight mobility issues it was manageable to see all the treasures and architectural features open to view. The short rain showers were not a problem as we could either pop into a shop or enjoy a latte under the cover of an open-air cafe. The food in the cafes were excellent and the wide choice in the bakeries were very tempting. Well worth a visit and somewhere to return to another day!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2024
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John Hicks
Old Basing, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We spent a lovely day wandering through the old town of Porec with open-air cafes and restaurants, fascinating shops (everything on offer from souvenirs and clothes to local liqueurs and the largest selection of plastic ducks ever!).
The Basilica was so interesting. The history of the site is fascinating and the relics and architecture make this a visit to this World Heritage centre well worth the small admission fee. Even with slight mobility issues it was manageable to see all the treasures and architectural features open to view.
The short rain showers were not a problem as we could either pop into a shop or enjoy a latte under the cover of an open-air cafe. The food in the cafes were excellent and the wide choice in the bakeries were very tempting.
Well worth a visit and somewhere to return to another day!
Written 8 May 2024
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John L
Newton Abbot, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed trip to Porec no cars in town all pedestrianised which was great. Loads of friendly restaurants bars and cafe. Lovely seafront stayed a week and will be back.

Was a little expensive but worth it
Written 26 September 2023
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Thomas S
Staefa, Switzerland70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A very nice, very old and interesting town. Beautiful located on a half island, historically important.
Written 11 August 2023
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Nicholas D
Lisbon, Portugal40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Maybe I was spoiled because I had been to Rovinj a couple days earlier, but I found Porec to be very disappointing. Its billed as some fantastic historical place, but it feels more like a tourist trap, full of overpriced restaurants and crowds of mostly families, desperately looking for entertainment.
It doesn't feel very historical as what remains of its past has been done over and refurbished. The only exception is the cathedral which doesn't look that old to begin with but still has peeling paint all over it.
Save your money for Rovinj, which is much more charming and picturesque than Porec. Rovinj has fantastic views, enticing swimming spots, wonderful cobblestone streets and more colorful buildings.
Written 5 August 2023
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Porec is a charming seaside town in Istria. Once a Roman colony which after centuries of splendor, was sacked by the Goths and fell into decline. Some Roman remains still can be viewed. In 539 it was conquered by the Byzantines, who founded a bishopric around the year 800. It is during this time when all the Byzantine architecture comes in, namely the Basilica of Euphrasius. And let us not forget the Venetian traces which are easily recognizable in the Gothic-style palaces.

I researched where to park. Attempting to keep costs down, we parked at the lot furthest from town at Parking Zatika, located at the entrance of town, near the sport hall Zatika, and town's cemetery. This parking lot was large, and largely empty when we arrived. It was a bit further out of the old town (15 min walk), and was the cheapest parking in Porec.

We visited in mid May so Porec was yet not overrun with tourist. The old town still has a typical Roman street layout; it's mostly symmetrical, with two main intersecting streets, the main street being Decumanus Street. Lateral to the two main streets, there is a tangle of alleys and paved alleys, in which it is easy to get lost and turned around as one walks through them looking upwards, in search of the details in the houses and buildings that frame them.

As you stroll, admiring all the architecture, make your way down towards the Marafor Square. Back in Roman times, this area was the forum. As we strolled through the Old Town, I had to keep in mind that Porec was heavily bombed during WWII and many building were severely damaged.

We knew about the mosaics in the Euphrasian Basilica, but even though I pored over guides for months, we were not prepared for the extent and amazing complex in which the cathedral is located. It is an absolute don’t miss! We spent so much time in the Bishop’s complex and then the rest of this beautiful town, we did not have time to check out the Baredine Cave system as planned.

And if you have the time, finish off your visit with a stroll along the Lungomare Porec (Waterfront promenade) that circles the entire old town. Take in the ambience and enjoy the harbor scenery with the historic wall, the countless pastel colored town houses, the fabulous restaurants and cafés and the luxurious yachts.
Written 2 July 2023
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Nomad60365309584
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Prices in restaurants are terrible high, in Cotton Club 7 eur for beer. The waiter was full of confidence and on another side a little bit arogant. The fish plate was 32 eur, we thought for two person but was only for one ! We ordered two but stay hungry. Avoid this restaurant.
Written 31 May 2023
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Jim M
Oakville, Canada85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We were attracted by the ancient church and its mosaics. We were not disappointed. Strolling through the old town was very pleasant. Decent paid parking by the harbour and a 15-minute walk to the old town.
Written 22 May 2023
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DebHarlow_Essex
Chelmsford, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely holiday destinations with lovely walks and buildings of historical interest. Since changing to the Euro this resort has however become quite expensive. Ie 30e for a bottle of wine, 4e for a coke. We were fortunate to stay at the Bo Hotel Palazzo. This is a lovely hotel, with the best views across the bay. Even if you are not staying at the hotel definately worth a visit for a drink and dinner. The weather was not good so if you are thinking of visiting Porec I suggest you go in June or July, not May. A definate recommendation is to visit the musique bar to hear the live band Rezime. They were great.
Written 19 May 2023
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Old town Porec is small but very nice. 2-3 hours should be enough to walk thru the most of it. Street parking in the center can be found and it's pretty inexpensive.
Written 24 April 2023
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Chubb
Coventry, UK500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Beautiful town with some lovely little finds and the seafront walk is an absolute delight. There are many shops and coffee shops and bars.
Written 9 November 2022
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