Poreč became a good choice for us to spend another several days in Istria. It was an ideal base for us to explore a few hill towns in the more central part of Istria.
You definitely see some similarities in Poreč to the Italian/Venetian architecture and vibe. You hear Italian here as often as you hear Croatian. Poreč is almost 2,000 years old and is set around a harbour. It has a beautiful promenade along its waterfront. Its old town has plenty of charm and is filled with little cafés and inviting little restaurants. It was hard for us to wander through the little alleyways and not be tempted to go into every single café and restaurant. They are all unique and quaint little spaces.
Poreč ended up being a little bit of a surprise for us, similar to Zagreb, we ended up quite enjoying this little town. Sometimes it’s the places you have the least expectation that end up being the great finds.
We were thrilled to discover that we could do some biking again here in Poreč. We took off one morning on rental bikes to discover its beautiful park and coastline.
We even found a love bench ❤️on the way!
I just keep getting drawn to the crystal clear water. This is what the Adriatic sea is famous for and there is plenty of it in this area.
After a fun-filled day of biking its definitely time for happy hour!
We thought this was a pretty cool idea. In the town centre, they have a little park area with benches and they have placed this book house library where people can drop off books. While relaxing at the park adults and children can pick one up, sit down and read for a while and then place it back. Actually, that is exactly the simple rule that is written on the box, “pick a book, read and place it back in the box.”
Poreč must have known we were coming. This week they had their annual wine & gourmet nights . They had wine tastings, gourmet dinners and concerts. We were thrilled to take part in some of the events. We find that as we travel, attending these local events is a great opportunity to experience and discover the community’s interests.
The highlight of the event for us was the wine pairing dinner at Peterokutna kula restaurant. We would absolutely recommend this place while visiting Poreč. The setting of the restaurant is unique. It’s in an old medieval tower and it has seating at various levels of the tower, both inside and out, on patios. The service was exceptional! The cost was unreal for this as well. We had a 3- course meal with the wines which were paired with each service, for 220 kunas per person, so $44.00 CAD!
We were quite happy with our little airbnb apartment in Poreč. It was just a 10-minute walk to the town centre and it had a nice little walk-out patio in the back.
We were able to sit out with la p’tite nappe and enjoy some Istrian delicacies.
Bernard finally got to hang out his laundry on a real long extended clothesline! 😊
Now before we leave we need to make sure we tell people how to pronounce Poreč as we had it all wrong! It is pronounced “Porrage” . We had a few laughs over this one!😊
What we enjoyed about Poreč –
1 Laidback little town.
2. Italian vibe.
3. Great central location to get to most places in Istria.
4. Few tourists this time of year.
5. It’s proximity too Venice (see our previous post on Venice).
What we didn’t find here –
1. Swimming weather. We were hoping to go swimming this week. It was warm but not as high as we were expecting it to be for this time of year. I guess it was a cooler week than usual.