Porec is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. Located at the west coast of Istria, this pictoresque coastal town attracts more than 400.000 visitors a year.
Porec can make a perfect base to explore the peninsula, ’cause it has a good balance of nightlife, family activities, sport offer, beaches, and hotels.
1 | Enjoy Porec beaches
Porec has lots of beaches, spreading from Cervar to the northwest to Zelena Laguna Resort to the southeast. The most popular beaches are Pical, Brulo, Porto Busola, and beaches in Zelena Laguna Resort.
Porec coast is mostly rocky, and so are the beaches. But within resorts many beaches are manmade with cemented sunbathing areas, and shingle swimming areas. All Porec beaches offer lots of space, and the most important lots of shade under the pine trees.
You can spend an entire day at the beach. There are lots of water sports to enjoy, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, boats and jet skis to rent, sand pits and playgrounds for children, bars, restaurants and designated areas for dogs.
2 | Bar hopping
Whether you like to have a glass of wine while watching the sun sets, or you want to dance a night away, Porec has you covered. Town offers a decent choice of bars and clubs, and generally has a very good nightlife.
Popular bars are Tequila, Saint & Sinner, Villa Club, Old Time, and Epoqua.
3 | Explore Porec’s historical sites
Porec old town is located on a small peninsula, surrounded by the sea. To this day, Porec perserved a typical layout of an ancient Roman town. Streets’s layout is symmetrical with two main intersecting streets and Forum: Decumanus Maximus running east to west to the main square – Forum (today Trg Marafor), and Cardo Maximus connecting north and south.
Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica dates back to 4th century, and today it’s UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
Other attractions include Neptun’s Temple, Romanesque and Gothic houses like House of Two Saints, and Zuccatto Palace, round and pentagonal towers, and Istrian Council House.
4 | Baredine Cave
A small underground cave, located near Nova Vas, 5 km of Porec, Baredine Cave is a popular natural site near Porec.A guided visit takes 40 minutes. The path is 300 m long it passes through five chambers and it descends 60 m down to the underground lake. The lowest point of the cave lies at 132 m below the ground.
Cave’s temperature is at 14°C year around. Onsite you’ll also find a parking lot, a reception, a bar serving also simple food, a children playground, and a permanent exhibition of old tractors.
Entrance fee is 60 kn for adults, and 35 Kn for children (6-12). Children below 6 years of age are free of charge.
5 | Dino park
Dinosaur Park is set in an ancient quarry in a village Funtana, half-way between Porec and Vrsar. Thick pine forest surrounding the park ensures good shade, and cool breeze even on hot summer days. With over 1500 m of paths, dozens of life-size electric dinosaurs, variety of amusement rides, and small farm Dino Park is a great place to visit with children.
The admission fee costs 100 Kn for adults, and 80 kn for children. The park is open from April through October, while the show arena within the park works from June through August.
Source: Frank about Croatia