The city of Poreč is situated on the western coast of Istria, a peninsula which belongs to the Republic of Croatia. With its surrounding region, Poreč today has about 17 000 residents. During the summer it hosts more than 70 000 tourists. The small peninsula, where the heart of the old city lies has been inhabited as far back as 6 000 years ago.
After conquering the peninsula two thousand years ago, the inhabitants Histri, and the Romans established on this location their colony called Parentium. During its storming past, Byzants, the Venetian Republic, Napoleon's France, Austrian-Hungarian monarchy, Italy and finally Yugoslavia ruled over the city.
The old city is a cultural monument by itself. There is a sacral complex, the Euphrasian Basilica from VI century. The mosaics that decorate the interior and the forepart of the church fall into a category of the most beautifully preserved works of Byzantium art. UNESCO has classified the whole complex, since 1997, as the world's cultural heritage.
Some distances from Poreč:
- nearest railway station Pazin: 32 km
- nearest airport Pula: 60 km
- nearest sports airport and panorama flight Vrsar: 12 km
- (in km): Rovinj 35, Pula 55, Koper 55, Trieste 70, Rijeka 90, Ljubljana 150, Venice 250, Zagreb 290, Milano 480, München 600, Wien 540, Budapest 600, Prague 800, Frankfurt 950, Amsterdam 1400