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PoreČ – a city with a thousand-year history

Poreč developed on a small symmetrical peninsula long before the arrival of the Histrians, an Illyrian tribe. Today the centre of the old city is located on this small peninsula. With the arrival of the Histrians the area surrounding the present-day city was settled, and thanks to a naturally protected harbour the construction of a harbour-centre was enabled and Poreč could develop unhindered. Preserved records by Ancient Greek historians and geographers from the 6th and 4th centuries BC mention a small fishing village, and archaeological findings tell us of the homes of the people of the time. A Roman settlement was constructed around the 2nd century BC which, with the natural harbour, developed into a military fort over time. The silhouette of a city is visible in the geometrically symmetrical placement of the streets. The City of Poreč has preserved this appearance with the main streets Cardo Maximus and Decumanus as well as the centrally located Forum. Poreč was granted city or municipio status, during the first half of the 1st century and was granted the name Colonia Iulia Parentium.

During Roman rule in the area of Poreč, in the 3rd century the first bishop of Poreč, Bishop Mavar, was a victim of one of the Christian persecutions. After a cruel martyr's death the Bishop was declared a saint and the City's patron.

Since then and until the present day Poreč has maintained its status as a diocese. In the 4th century an early Christian cathedral was built at the place where Bishop Mavar suffered his martyrdom. One hundred years later it was renovated and in the 6th century Bishop Euphrasius ordered the construction of a basilica - this basilica is today considered a famous building and is a true architectural treasure. Since 1998 it has been an UNESCO protected site.

City of Poreč

Fast Facts about Poreč
Population 17,000 inhabitants
Area 142 km², 37 km long shoreline
History 2,000 years old
Time zone CET (UTC+1), Summer: CEST (UTC+2)

Exciting Events & Festivals

All year round Poreč's 'stage' abounds with musical notes and rhythmic dance movements. In the open, in shops, in the narrow streets of the old city or in the mystery of Euphrasiana and hidden galleries, discover the wealth of diverse events.

Must See Events

Summer terraces of hotels and restaurants are hosts to various entertainers almost every night as they entice you to demonstrate your dancing skills while lounge and beach bars by the sea offer additional refreshment during hot summer nights.

  • Giostra, Poreč’s historical festival
  • Street Art Festival in Poreč
  • The Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč
  • Zlatna sopela (The Golden Sopela)
  • The Poreč Old town
  • Jazz in the Lapidarium