Porec is on the western coast of Istria facing the Adriatic Sea and we have a choice of villas within easy reach. Porec is rich in history and culture with the Roman and Venetian empires both leaving their mark. You can experience it with a visit to the Byzantine UNESCO protected Euphrasian Basilica or simply by walking through the Old Town streets to admire the many historic buildings. On hot summer nights, join the party in the numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs where you can try traditional cuisine or the latest cocktails. Around Porec there is an abundance of activities with plenty of walking and cycling trails to take you into the surrounding countryside and Blue Flag beaches to explore.
Local Markets and Shopping
In the centre of Porec, there are plenty of shops for food, wine and crafts. You can also find supermarkets here for a large shop to stock your villa. The surrounding villages have smaller shops for bread, milk and other daily essentials.
Bars and restaurants
Food and wine are particularly celebrated in Porec, as in the rest of Istria. The ingredients come fresh from the land and sea while the style of cooking is influenced by the proximity to Italy as well as peasant traditions. Find a restaurant on the seafront and sample some freshly prepared fish. Truffles are found locally and used to flavour freshly made pasta. The wines are worth trying too and you’ll find a choice of bars in Porec. In the surrounding towns, visit a konoba, the traditional restaurants to sample some authentic cuisine. You’ll also find simple pizzerias and cafes for a quick meal.
Porec has many pebble beaches and bays dotted along its coastline - ideal for sunbathing or taking a dip in the Adriatic Sea. Two you shouldn’t miss are Funtana Polidor Beach to the south of Porec and Lanterna Beach to the north. Most beaches in Porec have their own snack bars and cafes, so you can spend the day relaxing on these glorious coastal spots. Nearby Vsar has several Blue Flag beaches, backed by pine trees and with sunbeds and parasols for hire, 25 minutes' drive away from Porec. The beautiful coastline around Istria is not just popular with sunbathers, it’s a big draw for divers too.
Holidays in Croatia offer plenty attractions for children ranging from the Aquapark Istralandia and Aquacolours, both 20 minutes’ drive from Porec, and open from June to mid-September. There is a fully equipped karting circuit in Porec. Only 10 minutes’ drive from Porec is Dinopark Funtana, a dinosaur themed park with rides and moving model dinosaurs, great fun for younger children. Hop aboard a boat to explore the islands where hidden coves and secluded swimming spots await you.
Places of Interest
The mountains of Istria provide a playground for outdoor enthusiasts in Croatia. The hiking trails in the Ucka and Cicarija mountains are particularly good, and adventure-seekers head to Vranjska Draga Canyon every year. Try wine tasting in one of the many local vineyards and pick up a bottle or two to enjoy at your villa. You can sample Istrian life in the villages and small towns including the well-known village of Motovun. Perched high on a hilltop, you can expect striking Venetian architecture, stunning views over the Mirna Valley and a selection of restaurants in the cobbled streets and charming main square.