Porec Old Town
Porec Old Town
4.5
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LuckiB
Nuremberg, Germany48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
My boyfriend and myself stayed in Poreč old town in the last week of August 2021. I was super excited to show him around as he never been here before. For me it has been the 4th maybe the 5th time I was visiting the city.
The city was pumping with tourists… I have never seen so many people in general but now that the world is approaching a new wave of Covid I was even more surprised to see how much it’s not required to distance anywhere or wear a mask even when people are going into the souvenir shops. I felt personally not so safe because of that behavior. However since we are vaccinated I went with the flow and tried to enjoy our time…

BUT!

The city has decided to pick quantity over quality on most of it’s platforms. Restaurant don’t even let you book a table anymore because they want to maximize their capacity to an extent that the waiters cannot handle the amount of people pouring into the places anymore and they are tired to give you any attention. It was really sad to see.

What was even more sad and a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT that the once really charming inner town somehow allowed two tasteless discos to open on the beachfront in the heart of the old town… It’s not the party I am against, it’s the shouting House music that was so loud that people could not hear their own voice or enjoy their dinner even ten buildings away from this ridiculous place. Young /teenage drunk foreigners are shouting “Junge” on the promenade at 9 p.m celebrating that they can get drunker a lot cheaper than home.

Is that really necessary? Was that the aim of the city to demolish its old reputation as being an atmospheric Istrian gem of a place and become a cheap copy of the “Ballermann party district” in Palma?!
These places have their own districts normally, outside of the heritages old town where people can take a taxi to and go dancing and partying but it’s definitely should have not been allowed to be opened in the middle of the old town next to all the traditional restaurants and bars where you potentially could listen to real Croatian music and enjoy what the city has to offer!

And the saddest part is that the people of Poreč will really feel this once the people who still respect their home stop coming and what they will end up with is a bunch of out of control people allowing themselves to do things in their city they cannot do at home.

The sea is still beautiful and you can still find corners i.n the old town where you cannot hear this terrible noise.. so three out of five.
Written August 29, 2021
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,635 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 July 2, 2023
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erictiele
Lyon, France5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Strange feeling: beautiful city, beautiful surroundings, but the whole area is badly damaged by mass tourism business. The coast line of all Istria is a vast camp and hotel site, there is not a single beach without jet skis, ski lifts, water parks, etc... Porec's architecture is amazing but not a single house in the old town is anything other than ice cream, candy or souvenir shop, or terrace with expensive poor quality continental food. The local authorities have been intelligent to build huge car parks and an excellent road network to access this tourist pits and consequently have obtained what they wanted: noisy areas packed with tourists giving away euros. We attempted the inner country side, but hardly anything exists for a trail walk or any nature discovery, unless tour operated. If you like Disneyland-like atmosphere it is the right place for you, but avoid if it is about re-discovering stunning Croatia of not so long ago
Written August 6, 2021
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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 May 19, 2023
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John Hicks
Old Basing, UK71 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 May 8, 2024
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Graham S
Tewantin, Australia4,618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A late arrival from Venice had us collapsing on our bed in Eufrazijeva St of Old Town, but when we then looked down on the busy street scene of bars & restaurants from our balcony, we just had to sample some of this wonderful atmosphere.
Porec is full of life. Families out roaming around till late with well behaved kids in tow.
Wandering around is a magical experience.
The history is ancient best illustrated by Eufrazijeva Basilika ... certainly a must visit building. The laneways are all enticing you to explore.
Evenings too are a buzz of partying & music.
Restaurants were close to the best we experienced in all of our 5 week tour of Croatia Montenegro & Bosnia.
Great memories.
Written February 5, 2020
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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 August 5, 2023
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L R
Bury83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A beautiful, clean and interesting town, which we were very lucky to be close to. It has boat trips available, we took a short trip to a nearby island. Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours an shops are all nearby and are very enjoyable.
Written May 20, 2022
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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 May 31, 2023
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John L
Newton Abbot, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 September 26, 2023
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