Porec Old Town

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Porec Old Town
4.5
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LuckiB
Nuremberg, Germany29 contributions
Poreč is not changing into the right direction 😿
Jul 2021 • Couples
My boyfriend and myself stayed in Poreč old town in the last week of August 2021. I was super excited to show him around as he never been here before. For me it has been the 4th maybe the 5th time I was visiting the city.
The city was pumping with tourists… I have never seen so many people in general but now that the world is approaching a new wave of Covid I was even more surprised to see how much it’s not required to distance anywhere or wear a mask even when people are going into the souvenir shops. I felt personally not so safe because of that behavior. However since we are vaccinated I went with the flow and tried to enjoy our time…

BUT!

The city has decided to pick quantity over quality on most of it’s platforms. Restaurant don’t even let you book a table anymore because they want to maximize their capacity to an extent that the waiters cannot handle the amount of people pouring into the places anymore and they are tired to give you any attention. It was really sad to see.

What was even more sad and a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT that the once really charming inner town somehow allowed two tasteless discos to open on the beachfront in the heart of the old town… It’s not the party I am against, it’s the shouting House music that was so loud that people could not hear their own voice or enjoy their dinner even ten buildings away from this ridiculous place. Young /teenage drunk foreigners are shouting “Junge” on the promenade at 9 p.m celebrating that they can get drunker a lot cheaper than home.

Is that really necessary? Was that the aim of the city to demolish its old reputation as being an atmospheric Istrian gem of a place and become a cheap copy of the “Ballermann party district” in Palma?!
These places have their own districts normally, outside of the heritages old town where people can take a taxi to and go dancing and partying but it’s definitely should have not been allowed to be opened in the middle of the old town next to all the traditional restaurants and bars where you potentially could listen to real Croatian music and enjoy what the city has to offer!

And the saddest part is that the people of Poreč will really feel this once the people who still respect their home stop coming and what they will end up with is a bunch of out of control people allowing themselves to do things in their city they cannot do at home.

The sea is still beautiful and you can still find corners i.n the old town where you cannot hear this terrible noise.. so three out of five.
Written 29 August 2021
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traveladdictions
Belgium223 contributions
Must visit
Aug 2021 • Couples
Great Little village with nice restaurants and lots of fun shops. Our favorite on the istrian coast.
Written 8 August 2021
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erictiele
Lyon, France5 contributions
what a shame
Aug 2021
Strange feeling: beautiful city, beautiful surroundings, but the whole area is badly damaged by mass tourism business. The coast line of all Istria is a vast camp and hotel site, there is not a single beach without jet skis, ski lifts, water parks, etc... Porec's architecture is amazing but not a single house in the old town is anything other than ice cream, candy or souvenir shop, or terrace with expensive poor quality continental food. The local authorities have been intelligent to build huge car parks and an excellent road network to access this tourist pits and consequently have obtained what they wanted: noisy areas packed with tourists giving away euros. We attempted the inner country side, but hardly anything exists for a trail walk or any nature discovery, unless tour operated. If you like Disneyland-like atmosphere it is the right place for you, but avoid if it is about re-discovering stunning Croatia of not so long ago
Written 6 August 2021
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pengemex
Budapest, Hungary1,286 contributions
Cute town but now very quiet
Jan 2021 • Family
Very nice streets, cute buildings, atmosphere of history, nice seaside. Of course it was very quiet now due to the combination if winter and virus.
Written 10 January 2021
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,415 contributions
Lovely little coastal town
Nov 2020
Lovely little coastal town (one of many in Croatia, no doubt). Great time of year to go if you don't care about shopping or eating in restaurants but rather just strolling through the alleyways or along the Adriatic because it's pretty much a ghost town.
Written 29 November 2020
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Linda London
London, UK12 contributions
Nice
Sep 2020 • Friends
Nice town with history but abandoned
I dont like open shop ON THE waterfront by the sea China open shop Awful
Written 25 September 2020
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Deni
Piestany, Slovakia38 contributions
Nice city.
Aug 2020 • Family
Nice city. It was 15min from our hotel. For those who don’t want to go there on foot, there is a noddy train for 50HRK (~6,80€). There are many restaurants, narrow streets with little souvenir shops and beautiful seaside with lighthouse view. There are many boats and yachts in the seaport. We were amazed.
Written 5 September 2020
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Axel H
Onsala, Sweden20 contributions
Nice old town
Sep 2020 • Couples
Poreč old town with it's Basilika (on the Unesco world heritage list), was a pleasant acquaintance. Don't miss the local market next to the large parkingarea outside old town.
Written 4 September 2020
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XTOS
Miami, FL482 contributions
Incredible 2,000 year old city with a storied history full of architectural gems!
Aug 2020 • Solo
Absolutely incredible ancient city! Bold traces of Roman, Early Christian, Medieval, Venetian, Gothic, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, and Croatian architecture and history. A Unesco World Heritage City with precious mosaics and architectural gems. The same basic street plan remains from the original Roman layout 2,000 years ago. Decumanus is the main street. Ruins pf a 2,000 year old Roman Temple sits stoic yet unassumingly and abandoned on the northwestern edge of the old town peninsula. Understated beauty and mystery surrounds the old town. Especially late at night. 3 of the original watchtowers and a portion of the defensive walls remaim from the Venetian times, when the entire city was heavily fortified. There is undoubtedlt countless archaelogical treasures buried under this old city. They’ve started excavating a very small section. Hopefully there will be more to come. Check out the Lapidarium Jazz Club/Cafe and old archeological museum to get a glimpse of some of the unearthed treasures. Highly recommended.
Written 31 August 2020
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Amina A
London, UK59 contributions
Nice place to visit
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited Porec during August 2020 whilst in the midst of coronavirus. The little city was packed to the rafters even then so I can only assume outside of these coronavirus times this place must be absolutely heaving.
Parking seemed to be an issue with not many spaces available in the car park we wanted. There are several car parks dotted around all with different pricing based on the proximity to the main areas.

Lovely and lively little shopping streets, all cobbled stoned and clean. Plenty of restaurants and food outlets if you fancy a quick bite or a nice leisurely meal serving a variety of meals like steak, fish dishes, pizza. Unfortunately for us, with the amount of people crammed in we weren't comfortable to eat in any and instead opted for a nice quite pizzeria closer to where we were staying.
The shopping area also had clothes shops, drugstores (superdrug style), bakeries, little juice bars where you could grab a juice and continue on, jewellery and art stores, and also many little shops selling souvenirs of the country.
The beachfront at Porec was clean with no litter to be found anywhere which was impressive. You could take a tour to see the dolphins or even a tour to a tiny island which has on it just a hotel but is apparently a lovely place to swim. We didn't get a chance to do this as we got there late and there wasn't a boat available. Best thing to do is book in advance. Overall it was a lovely day out but just a few too many people.
Written 21 August 2020
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