Poreč, Istria

Explore Poreč’s rich history, soak up the sun on pristine beaches and hit the old town for pure fun

Explore Poreč

one of the Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations

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Poreč, one of Istria’s most renowned tourist destinations, manages to balance the authentic charm of a small coastal town filled with magnificent historical sites, with the perks and exciting features modern and active travellers expect. Spread across 37 km of stunning coastline, Poreč Riviera offers a vast array of accommodation choices from family resorts, camping sites, apartments to villas and lighthouses, all surrounded by untouched nature and beaches suited to every taste.

Sports enthusiasts will love the choice of activities ranging from diving, sailing, water skiing to hiking biking and walking along many well kept trails across the mainland. City of Poreč offers a wealth of amazing historical sites. As you walk down the old Roman streets, turn back the hands of time and step into the Decumanus, the Great Temple or the UNESCO protected Euphrasius’ basilica built in the 6th century and one of the most beautifully preserved works of Byzantium art.

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TOP REASONS TO VISIT POREČ

  • The most comprehensive tourist offering in the region

  • Perfect for active holidays

  • Easily reachable

  • Unique Istrian cuisine

  • UNESCO world heritage site

Culture & history in Poreč

2 B.C. The Roman castrum on the small peninsula (400m long, 200 m wide) was built, which today is the nucleus of the old town.
1 A.D During the rule of Emperor Augustus, the castrum was officially declared a town and a part of the Roman colony of Julia Parentium.
3 A.D. The town had a Christian community and an early Christian church complex, and became an Episcopal centre at the turn of the 3rd and 4th centuries.
476 The fall of the Roman Empire. Afterwards the town had various different rulers, the first being the Ostrogoths.
539 The start of Byzantine rule.
6th century Euphrasius’ Basilica was built.
End of the 6th century The Croats arrived in the Poreč area, and the first long term settlement was built in 620.
After 788 The town was under Frankish rule.
12th century A short period of independence, and then it was governed by the Aquileia Patriarchs.
1267 Poreč becomes a part of the Venetian Republic, who ruled it for more than five centuries.
1354 The town was destroyed by the Genovese.
End of the 16th century and beginning of the 17th century The Black Death came to Poreč and significantly reduced the population.
Second half of the 17th century The town and surroundings areas are inhabited by settlers from south Dalmatia.
End of the 18th century With the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, Poreč falls under the rule of Napoleon, and becomes a part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1814.
1845 The first tourist guide about Poreč is printed with a description and pictures of the town.
From 1861 The centre of the Istrian parliament with schools, administrative and court institutions
1902 The Trieste – Poreč narrow gauge railway line was built, the so called 'Parenzana'.
1910 The first Poreč hotel is built, the Hotel Riviera.
1920 -1943 Poreč is under Italian rule, and was badly damaged by bombing in 1944.
10 September 1943 Together with Istria, Poreč becomes a part of Croatia.
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  • Airport Pula (PUY), Croatia, 52 km from Poreč

  • Airport Franjo Tuđman (ZAG), Zagreb, Croatia, 264 km from Poreč

  • Airporto Ronchi dei Legionari (TRS), Friulia Venezia Giulia, Trieste, Italy, 112 km from Poreč

  • Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Venice, Italy, 220 km from Poreč

  • Brnik Airport (LJU), Ljubljana, Slovenia, 190 km from Poreč

By train

If you have chosen to arrive in Poreč by train, on this page you can find the closest railway station.

  • Pazin, 33 km from Poreč
    + 385 52 624 310

  • Pula, 52 km from Poreč
    + 385 52 541 733

  • Rijeka, 100 km from Poreč
    + 385 51 211 111

  • Kopar, Slovenia, 55 km from Poreč
    + 386 66 31 221

If you are travelling direct within Croatia, you can receive more information on the web page www.hznet.hr.
If you are arriving from Italy, the nearest station is Trieste. Look for more information on the web page www.fs-on-line.it.

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