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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.


Top tourist destination in Istria

Perfect for active holidays

Easily reachable

Unique Istrian cuisine

UNESCO world heritage site

Valamar Jazz Festival

Beaches in Poreč

Oliva Beach

Surrounded by scented pines, Oliva Beach has long been a favourite with swimmers and sunbathers in Croatia. The lovely Blue Flag beach is found on the tranquil island of Sveti Nikola, home to the Valamar Fortuna Island and the Isabella Castle hotels, just a short boat ride from Poreč promenade.

Borik Beach

A delightful dappled stroll through the pine forest leads to Borik Beach located below Valamar’s Pical and Zagreb Hotels. An idyllic spot for sunbathing, Borik Beach offers wonderful views along Istria’s coast. Nearby Poreč town can be reached via a charming coastal walk.

Brulo Beach

With a choice of sunbathing areas, Brulo Beach is a relaxing beauty spot 200 metres from the Valamar Diamant, Valamar Crystal and Valamar Rubin hotels. Backed by a lush forest, this Blue Flag beach is ideally located for a spot of sun worshipping before a gentle stroll into the historic heart of Poreč.

Donji Špadići Beach

Close to the Valamar Pinia Hotel and Pinia Residence, the Blue Flag Donji Špadići Beach offers the choice of stretching out on soft grass at the edge of the forest, relaxing on a sun deck or sunbathing on the pebble beach. A tourist train from the beach provides a fun way to journey into Poreč.

Crnika Beach

Only 100 metres from Lanterna Apartments, Crnika Beach is a shining example of Istria’s picturesque beaches. With stunning views of historic Poreč, this 300-metre-long beach is a serene location to simply lie in the sun or swim in the crystal waters of the Adriatic.


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.


The fall of the Roman Empire. Afterwards the town had various different rulers, the first being the Ostrogoths.


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.


Poreč becomes a part of the Venetian Republic, who ruled it for more than five centuries.


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.


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


The Trieste – Poreč narrow gauge railway line was built, the so called 'Parenzana'.


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.

Poreč: What to do / What to see?


Indulgence and fun

Festivals, cultural events and nightlife of Poreč

Poreč is renowned for its rich cultural life including jazz concerts and festivals such as Jazz at the Lapidarium and Valamar Jazz festival, classical concerts at the Euphrasius’ Basilica, folklore concerts and events, museum and gallery exhibitions, Street and Art Festival, as well as a string of nightclubs and discos in and around the city.

Restaurant, food and wine offer in Poreč

Culinary delights in Poreč are as vibrant as its cultural life offering a string of lively cafés, bistros, taverns and restaurants serving a unique blend of authentic recipes and new concepts in the Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you opt for one of fresh seafood dishes succulent scampi, truffles, frittatas or homemade pasta, make sure you air it with great Istrian wines.

Featured restaurants

A la carte restaurant Spinnaker

Valamar Riviera Hotel, Poreč promenade

Gourmet Spinnaker restaurant serves favourite Croatian and international dishes paired with exquisite wines.

A la carte restaurant Valeta

Valamar Club Tamaris, Poreč

Valeta restaurant combines haute cuisine and great service offering a splendid dining experience.

Must try local food

Istrian prosciutto

One of Poreč’s most famed delicacies is Istrian prosciutto, cured ham that has been salted, seasoned with spices and smoked over a hearth. In Croatia it’s commonly enjoyed as an appetiser, cut into wafer-thin slices and served with cheese, olives and smoked sausages.

Fuži with truffles

Connoisseurs must try one of Croatia’s most treasured gastronomic delights - the Istrian truffle. A popular way to enjoy them in Poreč is in the delicious Fuži with truffles, a sublime sauce of truffles and prosciutto ham poured over traditional homemade pasta and topped with grated goat’s cheese.

Savoury scampi stew

In Croatia a classic way to sample the flavours of the fruits of the Adriatic and Istria in the same bowl is to enjoy a savoury scampi stew. Also known as scampi buzara, this Poreč speciality combines garlic, olive oil, white wine, parsley and tomatoes with succulent Adriatic prawns.

Istrian manestra

Istrian manestra is one of the most well-known specialties of Istrian cuisine. This Croatian stew is made from a combination of three vegetables. Potatoes and beans are always included but the third ingredient depends on the season and might be corn, fennel, chickpea or cabbage.


Embrace a truly sweet custom popular in the cafes of Poreč with a plate of cukerančići to round off the perfect meal. These little Istrian pastries are delicious, especially when accompanied by a glass of Istria’s golden, aromatic dessert wine, Muškat.

Sports and recreation

Biking in Poreč

Poreč is a true biking destination. With a favourable climate allowing you to enjoy biking all year long it is great for both pro athletes and nature enthusiasts. Well marked trails stretch along the seashore, rural hinterland,

Mediterranean forests and the old town quarters offering you exciting and versatile biking experiences. When

on the old town quarter trail, stop by the stunning Euphrasian Basilica and soak in the rich history of the city. Adventure seekers will love the biking trails that lead to the mysterious Baredine Caves while those looking

for a challenge should try out the biking trail which was used during the second stage of the world renowned

Giro d'Italia or join one of many races organised in and around the city of Poreč.

Bike trails

The trail of St Michael Under Ground

Welcome to the trail where once passed the glorious Via Flavia, a Roman military road used by the Romans when they travelled from Trieste to Poreč and Pula. Begin cycling in Kaštelir, a picturesque town inhabited since prehistory, which later became a Roman fortification and a medieval citadel before taking in the beautiful rival towns of Labinci. Cycle south to the remains of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Michael and the legend of 'the saint under ground'. From here the trail continues to the fascinating Baredine Cave and finally back to your starting point in Kaštelir.

Euphrasiana Trail

Cycle through along the Euphrasiana Trail, starting in the old quarter Poreč with its stunning Roman Forum and famous Euphrasian Basilica. The route then meanders past fairytale landscapes to the 9th century fortified town of St. Lovreč and through a succession of picturesque Istrian villages.

St Mauro trail

The St. Mauro Trail is a stunning two-hour circular route suitable for the whole family, following the stunning coastline of Poreč. Along the way you'll encounter the historical highlights of old Poreč, pedal alongside beautiful bays, past lush vineyards and olive groves and the famous astronomical observatory at Višnjan.

The 15th stage of the 87th giro d` Italia

The 15th stage of the 87th Giro d’ Italia starts in Poreč, the capital of Croatian tourism, before heading past the fertile olive fields of Tar to Novigrad, a small picturesque town protected by medieval walls and then on to the popular tourist town of Umag before ending at the border crossing of Plovanija.