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Description of Porec

The city of Parenzo or Poreč (in Croatian: Grad Poreč, in Italian Città di Parenzo, in Latin, Parens or Parentium, archaic German: Parenz, Ancient Greek: Pàrenthos, Παρενθος) is a city and municipality on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula, in the county of Istria (Croatia). Porec is a small charming ancient city on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. It was found over 2000 years ago many of the streets in the city still keep original orientation of the narrow ancient Roman roads then the city was called by its Latin name of Castrum. The main site of Porec is its Basilica of Saint Euphrasius that was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.


Its mayor is Edi Štifanić, from the Democratic Assembly of Istria (IDS). It has an area of 139 km2, with a coastline of 37 kilometers long that goes from the river Mirna near Novigrad to Funtana and Vrsar in the south. Its population (in 2001) is 17,460 inhabitants, who live mostly in the outskirts. The population density is 126 inhabitants per km2. Its main monument is the Euphrasian Basilica, from the 6th century, a place declared a World Heritage Site since 1997. Poreč-Parenzo is almost 2,000 years old and spreads around a bay protected from the sea by the small island of San Nicolás (Sveti Nikola).


Poreč  is located on the western coast of Istria and cooled by sea breezes, the local climate is relatively mild and free from the oppressive heat of summer. The month of July is the warmest, with a maximum air temperature of 30 ° C in conditions of low humidity, while January is the coldest with an average temperature of 6 ° C. There are more than 2,400 hours of sunshine per year, an average of more than 10 hours of sunshine during summer days. Sea temperatures can reach 28 ° C, higher than would be expected compared to the coast of southern Croatia while air temperatures are higher. The annual rainfall of 920 mm is more or less distributed regularly throughout the year, although July and August are very dry. The winds here are Bora, bringing the cold and clear weather of the north in the summer, and the warm sirocco of the Mediterranean from the south that brings the rain. The summer breeze that blows from the land to the sea is called the maestral.


Travel Destinations in Porec

In 1844 the Austrian naval company Lloyd opened a tourist line that serves in Porec-Parenzo. The first tourist guide that is described and represented in the city was printed already in 1845. The oldest hotel is the Cote d'Azur, built in 1910. Later came the Porestina and others. Nowadays, the tourist infrastructure is dispersed along the 37 km (23 miles) of coastline, between the Mirna River and the deep Lim Valley. The south houses autonomous centers such as Laguna Plava (Laguna Azul), Laguna Zelena (Laguna Verde), Tivat Uvala (Cala Blanca) and Brulo. To the north, the centers of interest are Materada, Červar, Porat, Ulika and Lanterna. In high season, the area has a temporary population that exceeds 120,000 inhabitants. The heritage of Parenzo can be seen in the historic center of the city, in the museums and galleries housed in the houses and palaces, many of them even private homes. In the off-season, weekend visitors from Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Italy visit the area. Sports complexes are developed and used throughout the year.


Basilica of Saint Euphrasius (Porec)




Embankment of Porec

Embankment of Porec  Embankment of Porec

Embankment of Porec at the Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in a city. Porec Embankment is long enough for morning runs as well as lengthily walks during hours of sunset that are amazing. Historically this part of the town was home to numerous fishermen, traders and sailors. So naturally it was a bad side of town. However in the 19th century all that changed as city government decided to transfer these lands to public service. Wooden shacks and huts were torn down while wide Embankment was built. Additionally new large buildings were constructed facing the Adriatic Sea. Embankment of Porec is the most popular area among local residents as well as international tourists. You can rent a local boat for a short trip around the city. Additionally you can buy fresh fish from the local fishermen in the morning.





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