Poreč - Červar Porat
Poreč, the leading tourist centre of Istria, is located in the middle of the western Istria coast and is well known as a destination of sports and entertainment with rich cultural and historical heritage.

Except for the mentioned characteristics, Poreč is also known for its orderly clean environment, beautiful well-ordered promenades along the sea, various facilities for various tastes and a great variety of accommodation, such as hotels, camps and vacation apartments in Poreč.


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A testimony of a long history of Poreč, with its beginning in the age of the Roman Empire (Roman name for Poreč was Collonia Iulia Parentium) is the old city centre, where there are to this day preserved streets Decumanus and Cardo Maximus, the remains of a Roman temple next to Square Marafor (Forvm Romanum), well preserved Romanesque house, many Gothic palaces of which the most famous are "Lion’s palace" and "Zuccato palace", and the most famous monument in Poreč that, since 1997, has been a part of the World cultural and historical heritage under UNESCO protection – the Euphrasian Basilica, built in a period between 4th and 6th century in Byzantine style.

Except from tourist and cultural, Poreč also has its sports and entertainment side, provided by numerous bars, night clubs, restaurants, and top discotheque Byblos, that is a host to world renowned DJs every summer, enriching hot summer nights in Poreč.

Poreč offers a great variety of sports, like tennis, beach volleyball, football, horse riding, cycling, hiking and water sports that will enrich every visitor’s vacation. To the ones that wish for the adrenalin rush, Poreč offers an excellent go kart track not far from Červar, Paintball, water skiing on ski lift, jet ski rides and other sports for all active vacation enthusiasts.

The convenient location of Poreč enables its guests to visit other significant localities in its immediate vicinity; one of the most beautiful cities of the world – Venice, Brijuni National Park, the cave of Baredine, the Pula Arena, the Pazin pit and Lim channel.

Červar Porat is a tourist apartment settlement built at the end of the ‘70s, and it is only 4 km north of Poreč. Červar has the population of 700 and it is situated on the sea shore encircled by a crystal blue sea. The settlement perks up during summer months owing to many tourists that stay there, along with house and apartment owners who spend their vacation with their families there. Pine tree woods and long rows of olive trees and grape vine spreading along the whole coast will provide a Mediterranean atmosphere that is so unique and specific to Istria.

Červar is an ideal place for a family vacation thanks to exceptional peace and quiet, the vegetation surrounding it and light traffic within the settlement. In a bay at the centre of the settlement there is a well visited marina with many vessels.

Young and cheerful will find something for themselves in Červar – intimate "wild" beaches for swimming and sunbathing away from inquisitive looks, a pizzeria, restaurant and a cafe, and only a 5 minute drive away there is an excellent go kart track with various go kart vehicles at your disposal, but also with off-road buggies.

The beach is pebbly, combined with naturally formed sea rocks and soft grass areas – suitable for the swimmers of all ages and skills. There is also a water slide at the beach.

Sporting facilities in the settlement include: clay tennis court, miniature golf, table tennis and beach canoe and bicycle rentals.

Advice:

Rent a motor boat for a whole day and find numerous hidden coves and secluded little beaches, admire the reflection of the sun on the glassy sea surface, swim in seclusion away from the summer throng and inquisitive looks.

Cycling enthusiasts will love the fact that Červar Porat and Poreč are linked by an undemanding cycling trail (part clay, part tarmac) that makes bicycle excursions to this pearl of Istria possible.
Sport & Outdoor
  • Go Kart "Istra kart"
    Only a 5 minute drive away from Červar there is a leading go kart track in Istria, "Istra karting" (http://istra-kart.arta.hr) with a great selection of go karts, but also buggies and quads for driving on specially designed off-road tracks.
  • Diving center "Poreč"
    Diving center “Poreč” is located on the “Jedro” beach only about 10 minutes walk from Poreč towards Plava and Zelena Laguna (blue and green lagoon). Learn the basics of diving under professional instructor’s supervision and discover all the beauties of the Poreč sea bed – plant and animal life, underwater caves or shipwrecks sunk long ago.
  • Cycling trails
    Poreč, thanks to its gentle landscape, is an ideal starting point for numerous cycling trails that are in the surrounding area. Alongside the trails olive orchards, vineyards, cultivated forest parks and thick intact Mediterranean vegetation are following in succession, with the sea always near by. The trails leading into the inland enable visits to authentic Istria taverns and wine cellars with refreshments and a chance to taste indigenous homemade products. 
  • Ski Lift
    In Zelena Laguna, a tourist settlement 5 km from Poreč, in Molindrio bay, there is a ski lift for water skiing – Ski Lift Poreč. It is open every year from the start of April until the end of November and it offers fun on water for amateurs and professionals.
What to visit
  • The Cave of Baredine
    Open in 1995, Baredine is the first speleological site adjusted for tourist purposes, also a geomorphologic monument of nature. 
  • The Eufphrasian Basilica
    “Basilica”, as the citizens of Poreč simply call it, is the most significant and the most precious cultural and historical monument of Poreč, and it is the best preserved monument of the early Byzantine art of the Mediterranean. In the year 1997 in was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The building of the Basilica started in the 4th century, and it ended in the 6th century, during the period of Bishop Euphrasius and emperor Justinian I.
  • Romanesque House
    Situated in a close vicinity of Square Marafor, Romanesque house is one of the symbols of Poreč. It was built in the 13th century and it represents a true example of a folk house of that age, which had a stable on the ground floor and stone steps that led to the first floor where a big room with a fireplace was. The front of the house is dominated by a Romanesque biphora and a wooden balcony.
  • Poreč Towers
    Along with partially preserved medieval bulwarks, Poreč is also adorned by three Towers that use to protect three entrances to the old city centre: the Northern, the Pentagonal and the Southern Tower. All three towers were built in the 15th century as an additional defense against the Ottoman Empire. Today, the towers are famous sights of Poreč, also used as catering establishments, the southern as a cafe and the pentagonal as a fine restaurant. 
For gourmands
  • Istrian maneštra
    Istrian maneštra is a traditional thick soup made of potatoes, beans, cured pork, bacon and garlic, to which, depending on the season, sweet corn, barley, sauerkraut (jota) or fresh aromatic fennel (anis) is added. During the centuries it was one of the main dishes of an Istrian peasant, and nowadays it is the favorite dish of Istrian guests, the fans of traditional peasant cuisine. It is served in typical taverns of Istria and agritourism households.

     
  • Lim channel oysters
     Lim channel, commonly known as “Lim fjord” is a deep bay cut into Istrian mainland between Vrsar and Rovinj. Because of the numerous underground fresh water tributaries, the water in Lim channel is brackish, which is ideal for a successful shellfish and high quality fish farming. In the channel there are a few restaurants that serve fresh oysters just taken out of the sea.
  • Istrian prosciutto
    Istrian prosciutto is a cured meat product that is even today made in a traditional way using ham of pigs fed exclusively with organic food, and there is practically no mass production of it. Prosciutto is dry-cured by north-eastern wind and is served thinly sliced (only by hand!) along with some sheep cheese, olives and pickled vegetables. For its exquisite taste and small amounts of it, prosciutto is even today by the people of Istria considered to be a great delicacy that is kept aside and served to special guests on special occasions. 
  • Gnochi with game meat
    Gnocchi is one of the most favorite Istrian dishes made by mixing wheat flour with boiled potatoes in equal amounts, one domestic egg and a hint of salt. The dough prepared in such way is then boiled and served with goulash, most commonly venison, and some parmesan to taste. Gnocchi are usually served as a hors d’oeuvre, but sometimes also as a main course.
  • Tartufi
    Istria, especially Motovun forest below the town of Motovun, is one of the habitats of the top quality white truffle, and besides white, there are also some species of the black truffle, which are used in fine taverns and restaurants throughout the year. Truffles are usually served freshly grated with noodles or a nice piece of beef.
For memory
  • Kažun of Istria
    Kažun, a small field shelter built in drystone technique, is one of the most distinct symbols of Istria. Its original purpose was to be a tool shed or a shelter from a storm while working the field. They can be found along field pathways all over Istria, but the largest number has been preserved in the southern part, especially in Vodnjan area. Nowadays we can often find new kažun in the yards of new houses, which is their owner’s way of honoring the tradition. Miniature kažun today represents the most genuine souvenir of Istria of a high decorative value.
  • Poreč mosaic
    Poreč – a city of mosaics, got this title because of numerous mosaics found primarily inside the Euphrasian Basilica complex – beautiful apse, Maurus oratory, authentic old floors from the 4th century that until recently have been covered in mud hiding these fantastic mosaics. A replica of the famous fish mosaic from the Euphrasian Basilica can be found in souvenir shops of Poreč. 
  • Traditional istrian house replica
     A typical Istrian house looked the same for centuries – 70 cm thick stone walls, mostly made in drystone technique, house width of only 5 meters with a stable on the ground floor, stairs on the side leading to “baladur” and then to the area where the owners lived. Replicas of these picturesque houses can be sound in many souvenir shops of Poreč.
  • Malvazija - the white wine of Istria
    The Poreč area has throughout centuries been known as a very wine-rich place, so it is not a coincidence that it is a home to some of the leading winemakers who particularly foster the production of indigenous white variety – Istrian malvazija, a wine of exceptional bouquet and freshness, ideal with fish and seafood. In the old town Poreč you can find several wine shops (enoteca) with a great selection of various malvazija wines.