Porec Tourist Attractions
Porec is the most popular and well promoted tourist destination in Istria. South of the old town center is a string of hotels and tourist complexes along Plava Laguna and Zelena Laguna, that stretches on for about 6km / 3.5mi. In this area it's possible to arrange for any type of water sport from water skiing to parasailing, or to rent sporting equipment like boats and kayaks.In the old town of Porec, which has won awards for being the "best kept town", visitors will find a traditional old Istrian town. Porec is based on the original Roman layout when the town was known as Colonia Julia Parentium. One of the highlights in the town is the Euphrasius Basilica, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the harbor, where cafés stretch along the promenade, water taxis offer service to the nearby island of St Nicholas (Sv Nikola). The island is popular for its beaches.
The main attraction in the old town of Porec is the Euphrasius Basilica. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 6th Century Byzantine Euphrasius Basilica is known for it beautiful mosaics on gold backgrounds. It was built and named for Bishop Eurphrasius and was constructed in the mid 500s on the small Oratory of St Maurus Martyr, built in the 4th Century. The remains of St Maurus are held in the basilica in a simple sarcophagus which stands on a mosaic floor from the 6th Century. A 13th Century ciborium with marble columns and gold mosaics decorating the upper portion, stands at the front of the church above the steps leading to the altar. The Euphrasius Basilica possesses some religious paintings, which can be found in the 6th Century Bishop's Palace. This area also has ancient stone monuments and Mosaics dating to the 4th Century.During the summer months classical music concerts are held in the Basicilica.
Porec Museum (Sincic Palace)
The Porec Museum is housed in the Baroque Sincic Palace at the east end of the main road of Decumanus. The museum offers displays on the entire history of Porec starting from the Paleolithic Age. The Porec Museum, also referred to as the Regional Museum is, has a particular focus on Roman and early Christian times. Collections include archeological finds from the 3rd Century BC such as pottery fragments, religious icons, choir stalls, religious paintings, furniture displays, and numerous other miscellaneous items. The Porec Museum contains over 2000 pieces in its total collection, and has been in existence since the late 1800s.