Attractions in Poreč

 

1 - Decumanus and the old town

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The old town of Poreč, situated on a peninsula, has been inhabited since Roman times. The expansion of the city began around 100 B.C., of which the main features  with the two main streets Decumanus and Cardo Maximus as well as the Forum Romanum (Trg Marafor), have been preserved to this day.

The Decumanus, lined by magnificent palazzi from the Venetian epoch, is the shopping and strolling mile in the old town and with numerous cafés, boutiques and souvenir shops - here beats the heart of Poreč - let yourself drift!

At the end of the Decumanus is the Trg Marafor, the former Roman forum. Here, besides some Roman pavements, the remains of the Mars- and Jupiter-Temple have been preserved.

2 - Euphrasius Basilica

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The certainly most important sight in Poreč can be visited in a parallel street to the Decumanus: Through the gilded entrance portal one enters into the UNESCO world cultural heritage of the Euphrasius basilica from the 6th century.

In addition to valuable mosaics, the basilica has another highlight to offer and this in the truest sense of the word: a fantastic view from the bell tower over the roofs of Poreč.

In the Museum of the Basilica you can admire church treasures, sculptures and mosaics from the 4th and 5th centuries.

The worthwhile entrance fee is 40 Kuna for adults (approx. 5.50 €) and 20 Kuna for children. In summer the basilica is open from 09:00 to 21:00, in low season from 09:00 to 18:00.

3 - Fortress walls

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Until the 18th century, a large part of the old town was surrounded by fortress walls with 11 towers. A part of the city walls and 3 towers are still preserved today, including the pentagonal tower, built in 1447, which today houses the restaurant Kula, and the round tower (Serenisima), built in 1474. This you can climb it, and on its roof terrace there is a bar.

A walk along the well-preserved fortress wall on the northern edge of the peninsula is also worthwhile.

4 - Trg Slobode (Square of Freedom)

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The old town begins at the newly designed Trg Slobode. In summer the square is a popular venue for concerts and cultural events. The late baroque church Gospa od Andela from the 18th century is located directly on the square.

There are also numerous cafés and restaurants where you can watch the hustle and bustle on the square.

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