Pocket-sized beaches, a history-packed old town, and a lively party scene – holidays to Porec showcase them all.
Porec touches down right in the middle of the Istrian Riviera, easing out along a wriggling coastline of pebble beaches and thick forests. It’s the old town that’s the show-stealer, though. Bundled into a pretty peninsula, it’s stacked with Venetian houses, Roman ruins, and Byzantine churches – as well as a big dollop of boutiques, bars and clubs. Boats potter between the marina and the islands just offshore. And if you’ve got your sights set further afield, ferries make a beeline to Italy.
Blue Flag beaches
Around 20 Blue Flag beaches gather around Porec. The beach in town is the most popular of the lot, reeling in families with its watersports centre and bars. And trundling south along the coast is a tourist train that passes rocky coastlines and coves en route to Porec’s southernmost tip. Whichever of the 20 beaches you end up at, there’s a theme of polished pebbles, glassy waters, and hand-carved sunbathing platforms.
Sveti Nikola and Venice
For A-class views right across Porec, hop on a boat to Sveti Nikola. This island is dotted with rocky beaches and peaceful pine forests, and it’s about a 20-minute trip from the marina. Signs along the waterfront advertise daytrips to places like the eight-island-strong Brijuni National Park. There’s also a daily ferry to Italy – it nips straight across the Istrian Sea to Venice in less than three hours.
Daytrips to Rovinj and Pula
The Istrian Riviera is ripe with historic towns. Pula and Rovinj should top your to-do list – they’re both an hour’s drive away from Porec. Southerly Pula has Roman roots, clinching around a near-pristine amphitheatre that stages live music and shows in the summer. Rovinj is about 15 minutes closer to Pula, and here all eyes are on the twin fishing harbours and the higgledy-piggledy old town. The surrounding countryside is a knockout, too – it’s all olive grove blankets and ducking-and-diving hills.