Dear guest, welcome to Poreč, a charming touristy town with rich monumental heritage and history, a jewel among the Adriatic resorts!
You are in a city located on the west coast of Istria, the peninsula of sun and warm Adriatic sea, numerous small bays, world’s most recognized extra-virgin olive oils and wines, the surroundings of natural beauty; the peninsula of history, tourism, entertainment, relax and sport at the same time. Istria provides the ideal conditions for a peaceful rest for couples and as family destination but also more active vacations for party goers, sport enthusiasts, and adrenaline seekers.
Photography enthusiasts can blow everyone with a stunning sunset photo. Enjoy these breathtaking sunsets!
Poreč is most known for Euphrasian Basilica (on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997.) and two tourist resorts Plava Laguna and Zelena Laguna (Blue and Green lagoon) surrounded with pine forests, with beautiful beaches and numerous small bays. Guesthouse Pension Biba is located between these two lagoons in a quiet area surrounded by greenery.
Did you know?… According to selection by the New Your Times, Istria has been classified among 52 places to go for 2017 and by the Huffington Post, Istria is placed on the list of six European secrets.
The best time to visit Poreč and Istria is June till September, time for sun, beach, swimming, water activities and entertainment. Spring and autumn are the best times for hiking, cycling, sightseeing and exploring the rest of Istria. Winter season offers events in the city as Advent in Poreč, New Year’s Eve party, Christmas concerts,..
The surroundings of Poreč are an agricultural area where olive oil and wine are an integral part of the culture of living.
Did you know?… Istrian Olive oils and wines are often rewarded. Awards by Flos Olei (Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and World’s 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010-2015), Wine enthusiast (10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015), European best destinations (10 Best European Wine Destinations 2016),..
What to do and what to see?
We invite you to discover what makes Poreč the excellent travel destination! Here‘s a hint:
Beaches and sun
Most beaches in Poreč have a Blue flag, international award for high sea quality. Small beach shops, restaurants, bars, sport activities, entertainment (playgrounds, mini-golf, bike rental..) will make your day at the beach more comfortable.
We recommend following beaches near the guest house Pension Biba: City beach (Poreč), beach Pical (Pical, 1km north of Poreč), beach Brulo (Plava Laguna resort), beach Bellevue (Plava Laguna resort, „Istarska hiža“ restaurant, ), beach Molindrio & Ski lift (Zelena Laguna resort), beach hotel Parentium (Zelena Laguna resort), beach Lotosi (Zelena Laguna resort), beach hotel Delfin (Zelena Laguna resort). Type of beaches in Poreč: gravel, fine gravel, stone, rocky and concrete beaches shaded by pines.
Poreč old town
Poreč with its Roman street layout, historical buildings, Venetian style houses, cobbled streets (main streets Decumanus Maximus and Cardo Maximus) is the ideal place to dive into the past. Most impressive old buildings are Euphrasian basilica, Round tower, Romanesque house, Pentagonal tower, Marafor Square, Zuccato palace, Roman ruins,…
Did you know?… The remains of the largest ancient temple (The temple of Neptun) from the beginning of the 1st century are located in Poreč (west of the Marafor Square).
Sports and water activities
Poreč is ideal for outdoor activities (tennis, snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing,..). Offer includes a wide range of water and land sports activities and a variety of entertainment facilities. Ski Lift Poreč is a 650-meter long cableway for water skiing located in Zelena Laguna resort.
Must-try foods and drinks, wine roads
Wide offer of restaurants, taverns and country households offering traditional Istrian cuisine. You should try Istrian soup called Maneštra, homemade pasta (njoki, pljukanci, fuži) served with a hen, mushroom or ham, Istrian truffles, asparagus), fresh seafood, Istrian pršut (ham), ombolo (boneless pork loin),.. Visit some of the most beautiful wine cellars in Istria, taste Istrian wines and enjoy views of the Istrian countryside; Visit event Open Wine Cellars Day in Istria (end of May).
Bike and walking trails
Bike trails are an ideal way for discovering Istrian natural beauties. Find your perfect bike or walking path. We recommend walk along the coast or bike ride from Poreč marina to Plava laguna and over the Lagunas (from Plava to Zelena laguna). Just follow marked hiking routes along the coast or create your own path.
Attractions and adventure:
- Aquapark Aquacolors (fun time for the whole family at a water park, 2 km south of Poreč)
- Dino Park (the world of dinosaurs, Funtana, 5 km south of Poreč)
- Aeropark – the Sports Airport Vrsar (panorama flight, 11 km south of Poreč)
- Baredine Cave (Istrian underworld, 10 km north of Poreč)
- Adrenaline park Zip-Line Pazin cave (30 km east of Poreč)
- Aquapark Istralandia (30 km north of Poreč)
Poreč and its central location is a great base to explore the rest of Istria and it’s countryside. Enjoy day trips to picturesque towns (Rovinj, a true must-visit), artistic hilltop medieval villages (Motovun, Grožnjan), coastal towns (Umag, Novigrad, Vrsar, Pula,..), National Park Brijuni (the sightseeing of the island of Veliki Brijun), Lim Fjord (Lim Bay, protected landscape), caves: Baredine (Poreč), Pirate cave (Lim Bay), Feštinsko kraljevstvo (Žminj),..
Did you know?… Part of the 1960s film “The Vikings” was filmed in Lim Bay area. It was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas.
Organized day trips:
- by boat: fish picnic, dolphin watching, a day trip from Poreč to Lim Bay and Rovinj,..
- outside Istria to: Plitvice Lakes (CRO), Venice (IT), Lake Bed (SLO), Postojna Cave (SLO),..
Festivals and events:
Create a connection to local culture and community by visiting: local fisherman and tourists festivals, gastronomic events (Fair of original Istrian agricultural products, Wine nights, Anchovy festival, Mussels festival, Watermelon festival, Istra & Craft Beer Festival, Malvasia wine festival..) and much more.
Poreč Open air festival of life (street music, wall lighting, Istra inspirit,..)
Summer music, dance and performance festivals: Street art festival, Rise Up – Poreč music festival, Mediterranean folklore meeting, Classical music concerts, Jazz in Lap, Concerts in Eurasian basilica, Dance star World tour,..
Historical festival: Giostra, travel to past, the whole city turns up in baroque costume, with knight tournament and much more
Sport festivals: Poreč dolphin swimming marathon, Poreč Major Series International Beach volleyball Tournament; Offshore World Challenge (big game fishing) and Tunalicious Street Food Festival; tennis, football, badminton open tournaments, fencing championship, bike races like Parenzana, Poreč rally,..