Looking for a great Porec itinerary? I have visited a few times and listed all the best things to do in Poreč in this blog post.
Poreč is one of the cosiest, most lovely towns in Istria.
Poreč is located by the Adriatic Sea, and it’s home to a promenade with wonderful seafood restaurants, a UNESCO site and a charming Old Town.
It’s a beautiful little town and there’s much to do there, both in terms of history, food and a vivid night scene.
If you’re wondering what to do in Porec, you’ll find out in this blog post. Here are all the best locations you can visit with a suggested Porec itinerary!
Read next: 15 unforgettable things to do in Istria
Porec is a charming coastal town in Istria with a population of around 17,000.
Not far off the coast, the small island of Sveti Nikola adds to the town’s scenic beauty.
The renowned Euphrasius Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Porec’s most important attraction.
Where is Porec?
Porec is located at the western side of the Istria peninsula in Croatia. It sits along the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
To zoom in and out on the Porec map, click the + and – button in the corner.
How to get to Porec
Porec is fairly well connected internationally and from other Croatian towns. You can fly into Pula airport or take busses or the train to Porec.
I always recommend having a rental car in Istria because there are lots of sights and small towns off the path that you can only visit with a car. Plus, the landscape is so beautiful and there’s much to see on the way, both from Ljubljana, Zagreb and Zadar.
You can rent a car from any major city in Croatia, and you’ll get the best deals with Discover Cars.
Where to stay in Porec
Aparthotel Adeo (⭐9.1) Nestled just a short stroll from Aquacolors Water Park and the beach, this hotel is the perfect place to relax in Porec. With its comfy, air-conditioned apartments and cool pool scene with pool bar, you’ve got everything you need for a laid-back vacation. Check availability here.
17 things to do in Porec
1. The UNESCO Byzantine Euphrasian Basilica
Your first stop in the historic town Porec should be the Byzantine Euphrasian Basilica. It’s impressive! The Basilica was built in the 6th century and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.
In the basement you’ll find the remains of several mosaics from ancient times and some of them have a fascinating story.
Maybe you already know this, but in Roman times it wasn’t allowed to be a Christian, so they had to keep it a secret for the Romans.
They decorated their mosaics with a fish symbol (also known as Ichthus), which helped Christians identify one another as believers. You can see one of the oldest remaining fish mosaics on the image below.
2. Basilica bell tower
The basilica also has a 16th-century bell tower that you can climb.
Once you’re up there, you get an absolutely stunning bird’s eye view of Poreč and its beautiful surroundings.
3. Main Square & Church of Our Lady of the Angels
The Trg. Slobode, or Freedom Square, is the heart of Porec. It’s where the cultural events and minor festivals happen, particularly during the summer.
It’s right at the entrance of the old town, next to the Church of Our Lady of the Angels (Gospe od Andela church).
It’s the biggest church in town, dates back to the 18th century, and has beautiful paintings inside.
4. Decumanus – the main street
Decumanus Street is basically the pulse of Porec. It’s a mix of old and new – a Roman-era street lined with cobblestones where you can shop and look at stores.
It starts from Freedom Square, cuts through the old town, and passes by historical sites like the Pentagonal Tower and the Municipal Museum.
5. Park J. Dobrile
Tucked away in the old town of Porec is the J. Dobrile park.
The park has a Roman arch in the middle, adding a touch of ancient charm. There’s also a few restaurants and boutiques around the corner to explore.
6. Neptun’s temple
The Neptune Temple stands tall in the Poreč forum and was built back in the 1st century.
It’s considered the grandest of its kind in Istria, even though just some parts of its walls and foundations are still intact today.
7. Marafor Square
Back in the day, Marafor Square was the city’s hub, packed with government buildings and temples.
Two of these temples, dedicated to Mars and Neptune, have been standing since the 1st century.
You can still see bits of the old temple complex today.
8. Zuccato Palace
Right where Cardo Maximus and Decumanus Maximus cross paths, you’ll find Zuccato Palace. It’s a gothic palace that stands out with its unique Venetian style and decor.
9. Romanesque House
Make sure to pass by the Romanesque House when you’re in the city of Poreč.
This 13th-century building is one of the oldest in the city and it’s hard to miss when you’re wandering around near Marafor square. Back in the day, the first floor was a stable and the upper floor was a living area with a fireplace.
Now, it’s home to a little ethnographic exhibit on the first and second floors.
10. Wander around Porec old town
Take a stroll around the cobblestone streets of Poreč’s Old Town and allow yourself to get lost. The town isn’t huge, but you can easily spend half a day exploring if you’re not rushing.
You can join a walking tour, if you’d like to know all the hidden gems, ancient ruins and the history of Porec. This tour with Viator takes you to the main attractions around the old town and the Euphrasian Basilica.
If you prefer to go at your own pace, You can also walk yourself and stop by some of the quaint cafes and eateries to grab a bite or a drink.
Bacchus Wine Bar, Wine Corner Porec, and Casa Manzolin are some top-notch wine bars.
11. Have lunch at Sv Nikola
I had my first oysters at Sv Nikola, and it was not my last!
Sveti Nikola restaurant is located by the marina and is one of the best restaurants in Porec.
Naturally, its menu is dominated by fish, seafood and Istrian specialty ingredients such as truffles. So, make sure to try some of it – or it all!
12. The Round Tower
Need a coffee break with a twist? The Round Tower has a restaurant inside – perfect for grabbing a quick bite.
But the best part?
Climb up those narrow, curvy steps (they’re a bit steep, so go easy), and you’ll be treated to an amazing view of the town and the peninsula in the distance. Totally worth the climb!
13. Go to the beach
Porec’s beaches are top-notch.
Lots of them even have a Blue Flag – which is like a gold star for being super clean, having great water quality and facilities.
The best spots to take a dip are Pical, Brulo and Porto Busola beaches.
14. Try oysters in the Lim Fjord
So, everyone calls it a “fjord,” but it’s actually a “ria” – basically a flooded river valley that’s connected to the sea. The Lim canal or Lim Fjord is a 10-kilometre-long estuary of the Pazinčica River.
This gorgeous natural spot is just up north from Rovinj, in Istria, which makes it the perfect day trip.
Lim Fjord is famous for its seafood, especially mussels and oysters. The water doesn’t have a lot of salt, which is just perfect for farming these little delights.
15. Aqua Colors Waterpark
If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll want to visit the Aqua Colors Waterpark, one of Croatia’s top-notch waterparks.
This water park boasts 12 awesome slides that’ll keep the fun going all day.
We’re talking about family rafting, a wild ride in a huge funnel, looping rockets, and plenty of slides for the kids. Just keep in mind, most of these water activities are best suited for kids six and older.
16. Dolphins and snorkeling tour
A Panorama, Snorkeling, and Dolphins Tour is like a triple treat – all packed into one awesome adventure that you won’t forget.
You get to check out the coastal views of Vrsar and Porec, snorkel in the crystal-clear water of Lim Fjord, and watch dolphins being their cute, playful selves in the wild.
This is one of the most popular tours in Porec.
17. Porec pub crawl
How about a pub crawl?
Porec is a great place to party, and what better way to get started than with a night out with new friends?
You’ll meet your guide at 10 PM at the first pub, kick off with a shot and a game of beer pong.
After the winners boast, you’ll hit the next pub for more games and fun. The third pub amps up the excitement with a Poreč scavenger hunt, so brace yourself for a wild night!
Porec itinerary FAQ
Is Poreč in Croatia worth seeing?
Yes, Poreč in Croatia is definitely worth seeing.
You can explore its beautiful old town, go to the beach, and go out. Plus, there are plenty of restaurants, shops, and historical sites to visit, too.
Which is nicer Rovinj or Poreč?
I personally prefer Rovinj because it’s one of the most picturesque towns in Istria, but it’s a personal choice.
Rovinj is charming and has a romantic and historic ambiance with an Italian feel. Plus it has twisting city streets and a photogenic harbour.
On the other hand, Poreč is known for its beautiful Basilica and it has a rich history.
Is it worth going to Istria Croatia?
Yes, absolutely! It’s definitely worth going to Istria, Croatia.
The coastal areas, known as Blue Istria, and the hilltop towns, known as Green Istria, are both worth visiting.
Cities like Pula or Porec are not typical European beach resorts; they offer history, culture, and gorgeous beaches.
More posts from Istria you might like
- How to spend two days in Rovinj – my favourite place in Croatia
- How to spend amazing 3 days in Pula
- 14 best beaches in Pula that are waiting for you
- 12 best beaches in Istria you should visit (+ map)
- 10 stunning Istria hilltop towns you have to visit
- 6 insanely cute towns in Istria you should visit
- Istria itinerary: 15 unforgettable things to do in Istria (Croatia)
- Gourmet Food in Istria you just have to eat (and where to find it)