Porec is a very favorable location on the west coast of the fertile Istrian Peninsula, to the luxury of its vegetation and its mild Mediterranean climate, surrounded by tiny islands and green hills, has been a pleasant human residence for thousands of years. The place was for the first time transformed into an urbane area by the Romans some twenty centuries ago. In the later centuries, all those Gothic, German, Slav, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian constructors and architects continued to further develop the urbane feature of Porec.

The history of Porec can be seen and felt on a number of lovingly preserved sites. The town became famous all over the world because of St. Euphrasius Basilica with its beautiful Byzantine mosaics from the 6th. century. Towards the end of 1997, it entered the UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage list.

The Roman Parentium, and the surrounding region is like a country unto itself, one that is devoted to tourism. Year after year the town wins a national award for tourism in recognition of its efficiency and imagination in developing the only real industry in the region. Porec is the centrepiece of a vast system of tourist resorts that stretch north and south along the Istrian coast. The most scenic are south of the city and the largest is Zelena Laguna, with a full range of facilities and accommodation.

The compact old town on the peninsula is bisected by the Roman Decumanus street, which is lined with shops, shops and more shops. Hotels, travel agencies and excursion boats are on the quay, Obala Marsala Tita, which runs from the small-boat harbour to the tip of the peninsula. The interior of the old town is a pedestrian area. Another commercial area lies east of the old town on the mainland, radiating out from Trg J Rakovca. The bus station is directly opposite the small-boat harbour just outside the old town.

Coordinates: N 45° 13’ 48", E 13° 36’ 00"

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