Frank has decided to introduce to you some of Porec beaches. He will be writing the series of articles on Croatia beaches, and since he lives in Porec, he decided first to report on Porec beaches. Porec is a tourist settlement on the west coast of Istria, and west coast of Istria in general doesn’t have the nicest beaches. So what Frank will be describing as Porec beaches, is mostly coastline in Porec suitable for swimming . Beaches are somewhere else, but once you get used to Porec beaches, you learn also to like them and to appreciate them for their own qualities. Space, shadow, to mention just a few.
Already said, Porec beaches are not really nice. They are mostly rocky or cemented. And in some resorts and campsites in Porec, you can find pebble beaches artificially made with pebbles from rivers. Good enough, but nowhere close to natural pebble beaches of Makarska Riviera – the nicest Croatia beaches in Frank’s opinion.
Coastal strip, south from Porec town to Zelena Laguna resort, is more than 5 km long, and basically you can swim anywhere in between. The first area is called Porec Town Beach. There are lots of trees and shadow, big children playground, bars and restaurants on or near Porec Town Beach, as well as facilities for disabled (ramp for wheelchairs). It is five minutes walk from the town, and it is definitely Porec beach that Frank has never swam at.
Next is Brulo Beach. This is a Porec beach near hotels Diamant, Rubin, Crystal and Mediteran. As at the Porec Town Beach, Brulo beach in Porec is partly rocky, and partly cemented, and it is surrounded by pine, cedar and oak trees. There are bars and restaurants at the beach as well as facilities for disabled. There are rental facilities, sport center, volleyball court, tennis courts, and a mini golf.
In Zelena Laguna Resort there are many popular swimming areas. Frank’s favorite is Hotel Delfin Beach. This Porec beach offers plenty of space for everyone. Frank has never felt crowded there, and yet it is located in front of the biggest hotel in Porec – hotel Delfin – featuring 793 rooms. Think that average Porec hotel has 230 rooms. Yes, hotel Delfin is three times bigger than average Porec hotel. Amazing! Delfin Beach has pebble parts, cemented parts and rocky parts. Just decide what’s your kind of beach and park yourself on that one .
Frank mostly stay in the shadow of pine trees, just above beach volleyball. It is always entertaining to watch people playing. Delfin beach has one beach bar mostly for young with laud music playing and fancy tables and chairs. There is also a beach bistro offering simple dishes at fair prices (pizza, pasta, french fries, mussels, and alike). Beside beach volleyball, there is a jet ski rental, speed boat rental, banana ride, and parasailing. You can rent deck chairs. There are also showers at the beach – Frank loves to take a cold shower after swimming in the sea. Also very important, there is always enough place to park your car. And it is in the woods, and always in the shadow .
Going North from Porec, toward Pical, Luna and Materada Hotel, the are many Porec beaches as well. The first one is Pical Beach. Many locals swim at this beach. Frank must admit that since he has been in Porec, they did a lot to make Pical Beach look attractive. There is a nice pebble beach at one part, children playground with big wooden ship, rental facilities, bars and restaurants. One of Porec popular night spots – Tequila Bar – is at Pical Beach. It is a Porec summer hotspot with live music and really good atmosphere. Very popular among locals.
Next one is Luna Beach. Not really interesting, at least not for Frank. It is well made for guests of hotel Luna, with large grass covered area and deck chairs for hotel guests.
Next in line is Materada Beach. It is cemented beach with sand covered bottom. This is beach where Frank used to go a lot when he was living close by (only by convenience). There are bars and restaurants, pedalo rentals, showers.
After Materada Beach, and Materada hotel, there is a strip of coast that is called Porto Busola. These are wild Porec beaches (no showers, no deck chairs, not attended, no toilets, elf oil barrels as garbage bins, etc…). This beach is really popular among locals. Don’t ask why, as the coastline is really ugly. The beach is rocky, entrance to the sea mostly difficult. Frank’s guess is that locals appreciate the idea of this Porec beach not being touristy at all, it has lots of shadow, and there are places where you can make BBQ. There is a little mooring spot for small, recreational boats, and one bar. Frank goes there sometimes on his bicycle to have a drink by the sea.
There are many more Porec beaches, but hopefully Frank gave you some idea on what to expect from beaches in Porec. He might decide to cover other Porec beaches in another post someday. For those who like swimming there is a swimming marathon every september in Porec, and it is called Porec Delfin.