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Image1 Porec Croatia is a town of pleasant sun and warm sea, as well as town of many cultural monuments (Euphrasius Basilica from VI st century, The temple of Neptun, Romanesque house and many others.). It is a town of good wine, ham, cheese, olive oil and more then 70 sports activities. It has 165 tennis courts located near to the sea. There are plenty of well-known bars, night clubs, disco clubs and restaurants.

Plenty camps, hotels, apartments and beaches provides pleasant summer holidays.
Organized tours can take you to Venice, Islands of Briuni, City of Pula etc.

There is no doubt that Porec is the Croatian tourist capital. It has been competing for this title for more than a half of century, since the rise of tourism. In all different actions organized by the Croatian media and National Tourist Organization there is no one else but Porec when it comes to taking the first place. 80 many rewards and certificates which no other Croatian tourist city has. This position is achieved through the mutual efforts of hotels and city authorities. In order to meet its guests properly, during the last few days of winter it is being prepared for the incoming season. The number of residents exceeds the number of tourists during summer months. Porec tourism is more than sun, sea and perfect tourist image. The summer visitors know how to recognize the city that is still keeping its historical values, which can be seen in the historical city center. You can find museums, galleries in the most valuable city pal aces, many of them are the homes for people as they have been centuries ago. Many of our guests probably do not know that they are walking on the streets, built during the Roman times. One part of the city ramparts and towers is still preserved, in the Pentagonal tower there is a restaurant and in the Round tower a pub. Besides Basilica, now it is possible to visit Euphrasius' bishopric, opened in the year 2000 as an architectural monument and the church museum.
The capital of the Croatian tourism has one more face - sports. Many individuals, teams and selections of different sports choose Porec for training. The sports offer satisfies even those most demanding tourist amateurs.

Tourists regularly return to Porec Riviera ten, twenty years in a row to celebrate birthdays and family anniversaries at their favourite tourist resorts and hotels where they are so familiar with the people that serve them that they call them by their first names. What makes this part of the western Istrian coast so special and attractive to tourists that they don't want to change it for another summer or winter destination? On the fifty kilometer coastline from the Mirna River to the deep natural bay of the Lim Canal there is such diversity for those with a sense of adventure to enjoy and explore for years to come. It is here because of the natural beauty, cultural monuments and a half-century of investments in tourism where the elite zone of Croatian tourism evolved.

Image4Porec History | All oft he old city of Porec is a tourist stage; this is a place where you can learn fiom the historical monuments, read from the facades and stone paved streets from the Roman era. The most unique monument is Euphrasius' Basilica, an early Christian cathedral, but there are many other symbols of 2000 years of history of the city. The old heart of the city of Porec is also a great place to have fun. Ancient Decumanus, the main street of the old city, is a perfect promenade during the summer. Even if you haven't planned anything, something will draw your attention: jazz in the ancient stone collection garden or classical music concert in the Basilica, summer cocktails on the ancient Marafor Square, or simply watch the streams of people passing by.

Wherever you go in the old city, everything has a distinctive charm because it pulsates both with ancient and modem times. Some of the streets and squares are the stage of the summer Street art.

Beautiful Porec | In Porec the coastline touches the sea under a green veil of evergreen, which can refresh even the hottest day by its characteristic scent. Around thirty hotels, twenty apartment and bungalow villages, eight classical camps and naturist camps are nested in its rich vegetation. You can choose between tourist resorts in a natural setting or those closer to urban centers, Many will be satisfied with a sun bed and a beach umbrella between the sea and pine wood. Those more adventurous will try a ski-lift, scuba diving with an experienced instructor. When you get tired of physical efforts, satisfy your adventurous spirit with a panoramic flight by plane. Do not wait to get tired of the Porec coast and then set off for the hinterland. You will find a completely different world there a world of pure nature. There are no roads - to reach those places you have to walk or ride a bike. Not less amazing is the Porec underworld. Only recently tourist can peek into one of its parts, Beredine cave, which reveals the harmony of nature's perfect creation in the Karst landscape. For those who think that have discovered all of nature's phenomenon, the Lim Canal will leave them breathless.

At a very first glance a stranger will recognize the Porec Riviera by the picturesque historical urban centers of Porec and small villages Tar and Vabriga, cultured vineyards, olive groves and orchards, which spread to the main regional road. In this part of Istria natural vegetation has been preserved but one can also see the active human touch that makes the natural vegetation look cultured and cared for not wild. It is an ideal place for a pleasant holiday. Ifyou are tired of everyday fast lane life, this climate offers you a chance to be by yourself even when you have company. Get back to the basic pleasures: a just caught fish that will spread a pleasant aroma over your table, enjoy the sea and the sun or the shade of scented woods. Let yourself indulge in the leisure of the Mediterranean.

Activities | Whether you choose to stay at a tourist complex or in a hotel near the city, there are various sports fields nearby and the spring is the best season to experience the Porec region on a bicycle. The scent of flowery Mediterranean fields will lure you, and if you look carefully what the folks are doing in the woods, you might learn to pick wild asparagus, a local specialty. When you get tired of pedalling, you can play tennis or some indoor sports, ride a horse or sail. You have never played boccie, this is the opportunity to learn the sport that is becoming more popular in Europe. Spring is also ideal for trips to other Istrian towns, which are interesting for their cultural and historical heritage.

Surrounding | The peninsula Lanterna covered by thick Mediterranean vegetation is situated close to the villages Tar, Frata and Vabriga. These were once separate parishes but today they are almost one village divided only by the regional road Trieste-Pula. The villages are settled on fertile planes whose residents traditionally grow olive trees and vegetables and go fishing. Olive oil from Tar is world famous for its extra virgin quality. In the parish church of St. Martin in Tar once a week tourists can enjoy chamber music concerts. The green oasis of Lantema offers a holiday for the whole family. The professional staff of Lanterna will take care of entertainment and recreation: tourist feasts and carnivals have become a traditional part of summer. On the west side of the peninsula there is a camp, apartments and villa Lanterna and Hotel Tamaris. The naturist camp and apartments Solaris are on the opposite shore of Lanterna peninsula. The whole tourist resort has a great deal to offer in sports, entertainment and gastronomy. The architecture oftourist apartments of Lanterna is unique, inspired by Mediterranean home-building heritage, blending in perfectly with the green surroundings.

Ulika is one of the best equipped and one of the first naturist camps of the Adriatic. It is surrounded by olive groves that reach the horizon; olive groves that provide the highest quality domestic oil made in the Tar Oil Refinery. The camp can accommodate about 4000 guests who will enjoy the beauty of nature, which in the everyday fast lane life is pushed into oblivion. The bikers and walkers will find this their ideal home and the stretched shore will boost even the toughest land lovers to sail or at least take a boat excursion.
From Ulika on a picturesque route along the sea pass the Bay of St. Martin one gets to Spadici. Hotels Laguna Materada, and Laguna Park along with their bungalows can accommodate more than 2000 guests who won't feel a loss of privacy. The vastness of preserved nature along with the clean sea is one of the main characteristics of this part of the Istrian shore.

The nearest neighbour to the historical part of Porec is a region called Borik with its main point hotel Pical. Comfortable accommodations far enough from the city heat but yet close enough to the city divided only by the sea and a pine forest. The sport center offers a whole range of possibilities, among which about ten tennis courts stand out. An outdoor and an indoor pool will make the first class accommodation complete. A few steps away a beautiful beach, which faces the historical center of Porec can be found. Hotel Pical is intended for other special purposes as well so that the hotel has at its disposal a few congress halls, which could be adjusted for bigger or smaller congresses or meetings. In a well cared for forest-park there are Hotels Zagreb and All inclusive Luna its first neighbours.

Lying on the opposite shore of Venice cross the Adriatic Porec is an interesting neighbour. The first bishop of Porec, a saint, a martyr, Mauro who lived in the 3rd century was the city's protector. Porec didn't just inherit its importance from the past but made its fame greater by high quality tourist development. The first tourists of Porec were noblemen of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. In 1886 Archduchess Stephanie was one of the first visitors and then Archduke Kado Stephan and Karl Ludwig followed. The city's oldest hotel was built in 1910 by F. Klein. At that time the authorities of Porec refused to sell him the land to build a hotel so he bought a piece of sea from Loyd of Trieste, filled it up and built his hotel on the embankment. Hotel Jadran, Parentino, Neptun and Porec followed. On the island of St. Nikola, the green rampart of the city's waterfront stands one of the oldest lighthouses of the Adriatic from 1406. There is also a pseudo classical villa named Isabella, which was transformed into a hotel and the island's newest hotel, Hotel Fortuna, which looks upon the city with its front view. From the historical center the city has spread to the west and the south with new residential complexes and tourist resorts and right along the historical center there is a spacious marina and harbour for tourist ships with a custom's gate. The newest city's hotel Hostin built close to the beach it's air-conditioned and offers basic wellness services.

Places worth seeing |

Image3uphrasius' basilica | This is the most valuable cultural monument in Porec. It was built on the remains of an earlier tri-naval basilica, in the first half of the 6th century, during the period of Bishop Euphrasius, whose name it bears.

Visitors' tours are possible everyday except during religious rituals. It is possible to climb up to the steeple and view Porec and its surroundings.
In the long history of the city of Poreè, one relatively short period of time was to change its destiny for ever. The small provincial town on the margins of the moribund Roman Empire went through a remarkable transformation in the 6th century.
During the full flowering of Justinian's reconquista, Euphrasius, Bishop of Poreè, had a cathedral built on the site of the older city basilica, harmonising it with a series of accompanying buildings that were together to create one of the great architectural complexes of the time.

The taste of Bishop Euphrasius, moulded on the luxury of the east, could never have been satisfied with the state of provincial lethargy that marked Poreè, Istria and most of the tottering Roman Empire.
Undertaking his great architectural enterprises, he was only in part to assimilate his ambitious ideas with the ancient base that he found there, and to a major extent was to bring in architectural and artistic innovations the like of which the West was still unfamiliar with.

These innovations relate to the organisation of space in the Basilica, especially in the eastern part of it, as well as the iconographic programme that the bishop, with the help of the artisans that he brought with him, was to show in the mosaics that cover the walls of the interior. Both before and after Poreè was handed over to Venice, the bishops had a leading place in the city and the wider vicinity; they carried out protracted disputes with the citizens, waging real wars with them.

When, in the 6th century, Bishop Euphrasius started on his great (and great not only architecturally) undertaking, he was not starting from nothing. In the area from which his majestic basilica was to arise, and a series of other buildings alongside it, there were already earlier sacred buildings in existence, dating from the 4th century, probably from immediately after 313. When Christianity was still not recognised, the first communities adapted some existing buildings for their services. Floor mosaics in which there are motifs of tendrils, meanders and pictures of fish that point clearly to their symbolic significance belong to the first oratory.

In the upper part of a square mosaic with a cantharos the names of the donors who had the mosaic made, and the number of feet of area, are written. There are several such examples of names of donors, in the mosaics that have been excavated under the north nave of the Basilica of Euphrasius. From all these floor mosaics and from the inscriptions that have been preserved we are able to follow the phases of the building, adaptations and renovations, in other words, the dynamics of the life of the Christian community in Poreè of the pre-Euphrasian era.

When a new large basilica was built in the 5th century, it developed into the existing sacred buildings. It is a three naved basilica with a rectangular ground plan without an apse; in the eastern part it has a semicircular wall for the priests' stalls, and like other churches in Istria of the 5th century, it developed under the influence of the architecture of the eastern coast of the Adriatic and of the Near East. The local builders combined these influences with the inheritance from the Early Christian age and from Roman profane architecture. The walls were built of naturally broken stones roughly dressed which needed thick applications of stucco and were reinforced with lesenes.
Euphrasius's basilica was only the central part of a larger complex formed by a number of buildings constructed mostly at the same time. The building of the bishop's palace is a larger edifice and has only in parts retained its original appearance. It is located to the north west of the basilica itself, and is linked with its narthex by a narrow corridor.

The entrance into the basilica itself is constituted by the narthex, which was constructed on the site of an earlier street, and the space before the narthex belongs to a fine open atrium with a square basis. Opposite the entrance to the basilica, the baptistery is located.

This octagonal building drives from the pre-Euphrasian time, and is dependent on the architecture of the late classical tradition. The structure of the walls and the wooden roof construction are the work of local builders. In the north eastern corner of the basilica there is a memorial chapel the ground plan of which is somewhat different from those of the other buildings in its immediate vicinity.

The trefoil ground plan of the chapel, in which reliquaries are kept, has an oval antechamber in front of the entrance. Outside, the three semicircular apses of the chapel gained a polygonal shape; considerable restoration works were done on the whole of the building in the 19th century.

If we pass from space to the wall surfaces of Euphrasius's basilica, here too we shall find, in the brilliance of the mosaics, supreme artistic values. We shall also find iconographic innovations used for the first time in the west. In Poreè, the Virgin occupies a central place in the apse, which had previously belonged only to Christ. She sits on a throne and on her knee she holds the baby Jesus, dressed in Roman ceremonial clothing, right hand raised for blessing. On each side of Mary there is an angel leading the throngs that have come to hail her. From Mary's left side come three unnamed martyrs with wreaths in their hands and haloes above their heads.
They too are dressed like angels in Roman ceremonial robes. On the other side behind the angels is Saint Maurus, shown in the same way as the previous three martyrs, but with his name written in with the halo. This saint and bishop of Poreè leads an exceptionally interesting group made up of three living people, three contemporaries: Bishop Euphrasius holding a model of his basilica in his hand, Archdeacon Claudius, Euphrasius's brother, and a boy between them, whom we identify from the legend as the son of the Archdeacon, named, like his uncle, Euphrasius.

In the central part of the apse and in special fields set off by windows are the figures of St Zachary, an angel and St John the Baptist. In the lower part of the arch of triumph there are thirteen round medallions. In the central one is Christ depicted as Agnus Dei, while on each side, six on each, there are images of saints with their names inscribed. For the final part of the mosaic, on the frontal wall of the apse, is a frieze made up of almost identical figures of the Apostles with Christ in their centre.
Christ is depicted as a young king who, sitting on a globe, rules the universe. The Apostles, in a monotone rhythm, symmetrically on each side, frame the central figure of the young ruler. In their hands, covered with mantles, they hold various attributes, and between their round haloes are inscriptions with their names. In the upper zones of the side apses there are also fragments of mosaics that have been preserved with almost identical depictions: a great figure of Christ emerging from stylised clouds placing laurel wreaths on the heads of two martyrs.

Seven centuries after Euphrasius, one new masterpiece was placed in his basilica. In 1277 a great marble ciborium was built, ordered by Otto, Bishop of Poreè. The high canopy is placed on four slender pillars that belonged to the previous ciborium with capitals from the 6th century. The new canopy too is covered with mosaics, and on the frontal side it has the same iconographic motif as already exists on the wall of the apse - the Annunciation. The fact that the figures of Mary and Gabriel are in different spaces, now in triangular sectors above the arch, must have entailed other compositional procedures as well. On the left side is the angel, his arm raised high in greeting, a herald's staff thrown over his shoulder.
He now steps more forcefully, and this is shown by the numerous folds in the robe and the angle of the wings. The space between the angel and Mary, on both sides, is filled with a bent tree. Mary now stands in front of the throne behind which once again buildings go on. The expression of her face, head completely bent in confusion, is followed by the gesture of her right hand, palm opened and raised high. The new time attempts to express psychological states with much more rhetoric.

Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 till 22:00

The Native Museum of Porec | This building is situated in a Baroque palace, Sincic, from the 18th century. On the ground floor there is a collection of stone monuments with Roman scriptures, and an archaeological collection of prehistoric ceramic works. In original Baroque salons on the first and on the second floor, artistic paintings and objects can be found. There is also a special collection of portraits and objects of a family from Kopar, the Carli family, whose last descendent lived in Porec. Woren sculptures, from the early middle ages, make an interesting collection. The museum keeps a historically rich library and documents.

Opening Hours:
In Summer: Daily from 09:00 till 12:00 and 17:00 till 22:00.
In Winter: Daily from 09:00 till 12:00

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