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Istria in Western Croatia: pictures from Poreč.

Poreč in Istria
Zelena Laguna (Green Lagoon) near Poreč in Istria, Croatia.

The town of Poreč is located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula in Croatia.

The area has been inhabited for 2,000 years.
The historical center of the city, once encircled by walls and towers has conserved valuable remains. The Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica that is located in the historic center of Poreč was built in the 6th century. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1997. 

Poreč heritage includes also the Romanic House dating from the 13th century, the House of Two Saints dating from the 15th century, the church Lady of Angels (built in the 18th century) and the baroque interior of the Istrian Parliament (formerly a gothic Franciscan church was built in the 13th century). 

Poreč in Istria: Sveti Nikola Island
The island of Sveti Nikola off Poreč in Istria, Croatia.

The coast of Poreč has been one of the most visited tourist destination in Croatia for many years. Twenty beaches in the area of Poreč have been awarded the Blue Flag. Most of them have rocky sections. The Poreč Aquarium is located in the city center.

Poreč hosts yearly the Giostra festival (a festival of events and knightly games dating from 1745) in September, a Street Art Festival in August, the Dolphin race (sea swimming festival) in September, the Golden Sopela (Mediterranean folklore meeting) in July, and the Poreč Annale (modern art exhibit) in August.

The island of Sveti Nikola lies opposite the Poreč promenade, only a five minute boat ride from the center of Poreč. It is home to the new Valamar Isabella Island Resort 4* (opening May 2015) that is the result of an extensive modernization of the former Fortuna Island Hotel. The island is comprised of two zones: one for guests searching for activities and the other for those looking for relaxation.


 

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