48 hours in Porec

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Porec, a tourist hotspot at the west coast of Istria, can be an interesting weekend getaway for anybody longing for some sea, sun and simple joys of life. The one rule I’ve followed while writing this post is to add only those things and places that require no car to be used. 

Porec Guide: Day One

12.00 Arrival
Within 5 hours drive from major European hubs, Porec is perfectly located for a weekend break, away from big cities. On the other hand, the closets airport with loads of low cost airlines flying in are Trieste, Treviso and Venice airport. You can also arrive in style with a boat connecting Venice and Porec (the boat service run from April to October).

Valamar Riviera Hotel and Residence in Porec

Valamar Riviera: Residence Parentino

14.00 Hotel Check-in

For your stay choose one of the hotels conveniently located at Porec seaside promenade in the old town Porec. Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence is a 105-room hotel decorated in naval style. More intimate than Valamar Riviera Hotel, hotel Mauro is a 21-room hotel with nice outdoor terrace.

Hotel Mauro Porec

Hotel Mauro

A 74-room Grand Hotel Palazzo is as close to the waterfront as it gets. And for a cheaper option opt for hotel Jadran, a 2-star hotel at Porec waterfront.

Grand Hotel Palazzo Porec

Grand Hotel Palazzo

15.00 Explore Porec Old Town

Get lost in old town’s maze of narrow winding cobblestone streets and alleyways. Enjoy delightful architecture, venetian style houses, cozy cafes and souvenir shops. You probably don’t want to miss Unesco protected Basilica dating back from 4th century. Stop at Porec Heritage Museum. The museum was founded back in 1884., it is housed in the baroque palace. It contains many artifacts witnessing the tradition of living in this area through the centuries.

Old Town Porec

Beautiful Houses in the Old Town

17.00 Aperitif

After a long stroll in the old town, stop for a well-earned break in one of numerous bars. Frank’ suggestion is Epoca Bar at waterfront promenade. If you love a glass of bubbles, order a glass of dry sparkling wine and watch the world go by. Aperitif comes with a complementary bowl of olives and some chips. Epoca bar overlooks Porec yacht dock.

Bar Epoca in Porec

Waterfront Bar Epoca

19.00 Dinner

For dinner head for one of the town’s popular restaurants. Avoid tourist traps with high prices and mediocre food. Frank would suggest dining by the water, at waterfront promenade. St. Nicola is the waterfront restaurant very popular among yachting clientele. It is a fine dining spot with really good food and extensive wine list, but it is also the most pricy restaurant in Porec.

Restaurant St. Nicola in Porec

Restaurant St. Nicola

Another option is restaurant Divino, just next to St. Nicola. Similar in style with a waterfront terrace and classy dining option, it is a notch bellow St. Nicola. But it is also more affordable, with prix-fixe three course menus on offer.

Waterfront Restaurant Divino in Porec

Waterfront Restaurant Divino

22.00 Late night fun

For late evening, you’ll be the best off parking yourself at Tequila. Unpretentious beach bar at beach just bellow hotel Zagreb. If you are more into house mood, head for Porec old town and dance a night away either at Saint & Sinner bar or at Villa Club.

Porec Guide: Day Two

9.00 Breakfast

Hotels offer breakfasts, but if you are in a mood to wander, head for one of Porec breakfast bistros. At the busy street, just above the church, there is an Alter Cafe, french style brasserie, offering excellent choice of patisserie and sandwiches as well as excellent selection of coffee and tea.

11.00 Be active

Depending on your taste you can either rent a bike, or enjoy water activities. Or do both. Rent a bicycle for an afternoon. Take one of Porec cycling paths and enjoy the ride. Cycle by the sea, through pine forest and olive groves to Zelena Laguna Resort. If you are in a mood for more cycling, just continue to the village Funtana, and off to Agrolaguna vineyards. This is a beautiful bicycle trail passing literally through the vineyards.

Cycling in Porec

Cycling on numerous Porec cycling trails

Sea aficionados can head to Zelena Laguna for some fun under the sun. Ski lift can be a great place to spend your afternoon. Porec ski lift offers water skiing with two speeds: 30 km/ hour and 58 km/ hour. With its 5 kickers and sliders and night skiing, it is the ultimate water activity in Porec.

Porec Skilift

Ski lift

If you are in a low activity pace, take a 5-minute boat to St. Nicola Island for some swimming and sunbathing, or simply rent a boat for a day and discover numerous Porec beaches.

17.00 Wine and/ or olive oil tasting tour

Late afternoon you should dedicate for one of numerous Porec wineries or olive oil mills. Istrian wines, especially its genuine sort malvasia, are of the exceptional quality. They are light, fruity and easy to drink. Istrian malvasia is a trendy wine you don’t want to miss.

Wine and Olive oil tastings

Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Room at Agrolaguna

As much as Istrian wine is great, Istrian olive oil is one of the best in the world. It is maybe less known than its spanish and italian counterparts, but nevertheless it is excellent. In Porec there is a big producer – Agrolaguna, with whom you can arrange wine and olive oil tasting.

20.00 Dinner

One of the hidden and less known Porec restaurant is a restaurant Hrast. This restaurant is away from the main drag of restaurants on Porec seaside promenade but is worth seeking out. It has a superb terrace right above the water.

Restaurant Hrast Porec

Restaurant Hrast Superb Waterfront Terrace

22.00 Late night out

Head to Marafor Square for a cocktail, glass of wine or schnapps shots. There is a handful of bars, with outside terraces and good vibe. If you are in the mood to dance the night away, head for Byblos, town’s popular disco and night club located in Zelena Laguna Resort. There is a regular transfer service from and to the town.

Porec Marafor Square

Porec Square With Numerous Cocktail Bars

Porec Guide: Day 3

10.00 Breakfast

Another breakfast spot is Porec Tea & Coffee House. A lovely little bistro tucked away in a side street, close to Porec green market. As it names says, it offers wide variety of teas and coffees, as well as cakes and simple dishes.

This would be Frank’s suggestion for your 48 hours in Porec.

About Frank G

Frank G. is a four-time expatriate Canadian currently living in Croatia. Together with his girlfriend, he blogs about Croatia at Frank About Croatia. If you would like to connect, send him an e-mail, or find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

Comments

  1. Looks to be a weekend with lots of programs, but relaxing at the same time. Culture, activities, relax and fun, all included in the same weekend! Sounds great!

  2. Looks to be a weekend with lots of programs but relaxing at the same time. Culture, activity, relax and fun, all included in the same weekend!

  3. This looks like an awesome 48 hours! I keep adding things to my Croatia list :)

  4. I love a good 2-3 day review/48 hours in …. it really puts the location into perspective and gives you a good idea of what to do, sometimes when you visit a new location its hard to see and do all the things you want to do, it snice to have a plan. The restaurant Hrast has spectacular views over the waterfront!

    • Thanks for stopping by Samantha! Porec is so close to Italy, Sloveia and Austria that many visitors come for a weekend break.

  5. Oh the ski lift looks amazingly fun! That might be a main reason for a visit to Porec from this girl. And the wine and olive oil tasting sounds delicious. Seems like a perfect two-day getaway, thanks for sharing.

  6. I really enjoy reading these 2-3 day reviews because it really puts a location into perspective in terms of what you can and can’t realistically see during that duration. Given that whenever we visit a city, it is usually for only 24-48 hours, we are always on the lookout for such a review.

    The restaurant Hrast looks really inviting with spectacular views over the waterfront! After a long day of exploring, this looks like a perfect setting.

    • Thanks, Chris! It’s true that most of people work from Monday to Friday, and beside main yearly vacation, majority takes few days off to travel somewhere. Glad you liked this kind of reviews.

  7. Excellent review and I love the way your wrote the review like an itinerary. Porec has so much to offer and I feel especially drawn to the architecture and the beautiful views of the sea. Plus, the ski lift sounds like a whole lot of fun!!

    • Thanks, Constance! Glad you like the format of the post. And yes, ski lift is so much fun. Porec has lots of Venetian architecture. The downtown is really cute.

  8. Brilliant way to spend two days. Having just been there a few weeks ago I can see that this Porec is so much different to going in winter. I’ll have to be sure to make it back when the weather warms up a little, so I can sit by the seaside and eat my lunch.

    • Thanks, SJ! April to November is pretty OK for a weekend break. Winter not much so. But hopefully you’ll be back to experience the better side of Porec :)

  9. Love the idea for the post! Great to give visitors a good overview of what they can do if they only have a couple days. I think if I was only staying for a couple days I’d end up postponing my flight cause Porec looks gorgeous.

  10. The more I read and see about Croatia, the more I want to visit there! Great photos and review! :D

  11. Looks lovely and colourful, beautiful architecture in the old town. And as usual, you are making me hungry with your foodie suggestions :-)

  12. Jon Dunn says:

    Great review, Frank, but in terms of access you mention only Italian airports.
    Low cost airline Ryanair flies from London to Pula, which is only an hour by bus from Poreč.

  13. Looks to be like the amazing race, jumping from one location to the next, ha

  14. Sea, wine and food. Sound perfect!

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