Travel Guide Europe Croatia Istria Porec

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Introduction

Porec is a town along the westcoast of Istria in northern Croatia and has about 20,000 inhabitants. Be it beautiful beaches, culinary experiences such as delicious fish or the diverse culture of the small port town of Istria! In addition, Poreč has true natural beauty.

The mild climate and fertile soil make Poreč rich in picturesque landscapes. Poreč is known for the care of its nature. The Natura Histrica, a nature conservation organization, ensures that the natural monuments in Istria are preserved. Therefore, Istria is also rich in beautiful places where nature thrives. Baredine Cave and Brijumi National Park are two of the many places of interest in Poreč, where you can admire the incredible natural beauty of Istria.

Poreč is a diverse city where everyone can find a place to relax. Here you have the opportunity to experience a lot with the family or just to enjoy a romantic trip for two.

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Sights and Activities

Poreč has a lot to offer culturally! Thanks to its turbulent past, Istrian art history is a precious and indelible legacy. A walk through the historic city reveals that many different cultural and stylistic influences of Istria have shaped the city. Not for nothing is Poreč, also called "urban mosaic". The tradition of Istria lives on here until today: Valuable museum collections tell about the bygone era, but also on the streets you will find numerous studios, galleries and exhibition rooms.

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Events and Festivals

  • 24.03.2019 - 24.03.2019 Plava Laguna Half Marathon
  • 10.05.2019 - 12.05.2019 Vinistra

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Weather

Situated on the western coast of Istria and cooled by sea breezes, the local climate is relatively mild and free of oppressive summer heat. The month of July is the hottest, with a maximum air temperature of 30 °C in conditions of low humidity, while January is the coldest with an average of 6 °C. There are more than 2,400 hours of sun a year, an average of more than 10 hours of sunshine during the summer days. Sea temperatures can reach 28 °C, higher than one might expect compared to the coast of southern Croatia where the air temperatures are higher. The average annual rainfall of 920 mm is more or less equally distributed throughout the year, although July and August are very dry. Winds here are Bora, bringing the cold, clear weather from the north in the winter, and the Sirocco warm Mediterranean wind from the south bringing rain. The summer breeze that blows from the sea to the land is called the Maestral.

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Getting There

By Plane

56km from Pula Airport and 122km from Trieste Airport.

By Car

Take exit 4-Visignano-Višnjan from E751. There are highways coming in from Rovinj, Pula, Umag and Rijeka (connecting to the rest of the country).

By Bus

There are regular long-distance buses from major Croatian cities, as well as cities in Italy.

By Boat

Venezia Lines sail from Venice to Poreč during the summer months (April–October). All departures from Venice are at 17:00 - Arrival at Porec 19:30. Return from Porec to Venice at 08:00 and arrival in Venice 10:30.

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Getting Around

Poreč is very small, and it's almost impossible to get lost in the town. There is a bus station, and taxi rank nearby if you are staying at one of the many hotel and apartment complexes out of town. If you enter into the old town, which is to the right from the bus station, you will see a tourist office (logo has blue i). The tourist office will give you a map of the area.

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Eat

In Poreč you can also eat well. In the restaurants you can enjoy local dishes with fish, shellfish and much more. If you're vacationing in Istria, it's worth visiting the all-year-round Konoba Cakula. The restaurant enjoys a very good reputation locally and the value for money is also right. A good insider tip for delicious grilled dishes is the Konoba Aba.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are available in all major cities. They are relatively cheap and reliable. A free Wi-Fi signal can be found virtually in every city and can be found in cafés, restaurants, hotels, some libraries, schools, colleges etc. Mostly it's free, but sometimes a fee is required or you can use it for a limited time only. Internet connections with unlimited downloads costs 178 kn (€24) per month via T-Com and just 99 kn with some other providers like Metronet or Iskon.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Croatia is: 385. To make an international call from Croatia, the code is: 00.

Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile (also operates the Bonbon prepaid brand), Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the country's area is covered. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for 20 kn. There have been promotions in which SIM cards were given avay for free with newspapers (7 kn) and sometimes even literally handed out on the street. GSM phones bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in post offices, grocery stores and kiosks at varying prices.

An alternative to using a mobile phone is Calling Cards which can be found in postal offices and kiosks, there are two providers, Dencall and Hitme. You can buy cards from 25 kn.

Post

Hrvatska Posta is the national postal service of Croatia and has pretty fast and reliable service throughout the country and internationally. It takes several days by airmail to other countries in Europe, but over a week to the US for example. They have a direct link to the pricelist, where you can see the prices of sending postcards, letters and parcels both domestically as well as to other countries. Post boxes are yellow in Croatia and the times of collections are indicated on the box. The opening times of post offices vary, but mostly they are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and until 2:00pm on Saturdays, though some might keep shorter or even a longer hours, just ask around. You can buy stamps here, or at newsstands. Prices start at around 10Kn for sending a letter or postcard to neighbouring countries, a few more further away. If you want to send packages internationally, it might be better to check companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS. They are reliable, fast and usually not much more expensive than Croatia's postal service.

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Accommodation in Porec

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