There are many reasons why you will fall in love with Poreč, but the top five will be described a little more below. Falling in love with Poreč doesn't only occur at first glance but also at first breath, first sip, first bite, or even at the first jump into the sea. Poreč is actually a small town in western Croatia that has a lot of history and good people, that make the town look bigger. The sea, people, nature, food, and sunsets are just some of the reasons why you will love this magical place. Let's try to make you fall in love with Poreč. ;)
Poreč is located in Istria County, next to Umag, the westernmost town in Croatia. You can reach Poreč easily from the continent by car/motorbike, and if you want to arrive by plane, the nearby airports are the ones in Pula, Rijeka, Zagreb, and Ljubljana. Once you are in Poreč, you can look for accommodation in one of the high category hotels or maybe in houses in one of the nearby villages, where you will feel the authentic Istrian atmosphere. Take your towel, slippers, sun cream, glasses, and camera; and let's enjoy the town.
Poreč is an old town, all covered with stone. You will feel like you're walking through an open-air museum. Something is interesting on every corner. The basilica, narrow streets with blue or green window shutters, small restaurants, and charming Mediterranean plants make everything even more attractive. Decumanus Street should be avoided if you do not want to enter into the crowd, but every little side street is yours. Getting lost in the old town of Poreč is totally fine and recommendable. The old town of Poreč is actually a small peninsula surrounded on three sides by the beautiful Adriatic Sea. At every moment, the stone streets are enveloped by the sea's scent and the sound of waves.
The nature around Poreč is peaceful, and there is a lovely mixture of aboveground beauties and wonders from below ground. This is why the famous Baredine Cave is a place that you should not bypass during your stay in Poreč. The terrain in the town is mostly flat, so for a tour of the surrounding villages and hills, I definitely recommend a bike as a mean of transportation. To the south of Poreč are the Funtana and Vrsar communes, small places ideal for camping and enjoying the clear sea and pine forests.
The Zelena laguna, Plava laguna, and Parentium beaches are mostly pebbly, but you do not have to grieve for the sandy beaches because you can find them everywhere. The peace and sensations of Poreč you will hardly experience anywhere else. The Adriatic Sea is characterized by high salinity, which makes the scent of the sea more intense. In Poreč, the sun, wind, and water are in perfect harmony. The sun shines almost 250 days a year, a pleasant breeze from the sea always brings serenity and cleanliness, and the water is always clear and clean.
Poreč is a city that has played an essential role in the history of Istria. It also houses one of the many UNESCO protected sites - the Euphrasian Basilica. Its history and appearance are incredible, and the way it's preserved as a whole makes it special. The basilica's bell tower is the most beautiful spot where one can see the charm of Poreč and its surroundings. Views like this always remain in our memories. (Friendly hint: going to the bell tower is a part of the ticket you buy to visit the basilica.)
Sunsets are an inevitable souvenir from every trip. Whenever an opportunity arises, I like to sit and watch that glowing red ball enter the sea or hide behind a mountain. While staying in Poreč, know that the most beautiful places to watch the sunsets are the Jurja Dobrila Park and the harbor, in the southern part of the city. The shining red color scattering across the sea's surface while hearing the sound of waves is one of life's unique experiences.
I just listed five reasons why you will fall in love with Poreč, but the list is much longer. However, the people, nature, rich history, and the clear sea are just some of the things Poreč can use to win you over.
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