It’s So Easy to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Poreč – Find Out How!

It comes as no surprise that most people planning a short getaway put Istria among top weekend destinations. Whether you want to enjoy nature, taste local delicacies or relax by the sea, this peninsula has it all covered. Poreč, one of its most beautiful towns, offers a variety of options for an ideal weekend on the western coast of Istria.

Below you’ll find carefully selected tips from locals for a couple’s or a family holiday, which you’ll fit into your schedule easily and without much planning.

Walking or cycling – it’s up to you!

If you like outdoor activities and would love to explore the destination on your own, go for a walk or get on the bike. Poreč’s seaside promenade stretches from Materada, one of its northernmost neighbourhoods, to the town of Funtana in the south. It will take you through parks, forests, the old town walls and along the waterfront and nearby beaches. On the way you’ll also find many restaurants and cafés to stop by and enjoy the view. The one-way route is about ten kilometres long, so we suggest renting a bike. You can leave it on a bike station on the other side of the town, or return it to the starting point.

Old town tours and the most stunning sunsets

If you don’t feel like walking or cycling that much, check the old town alleys typical of the Mediterranean, or walk the town’s waterfront to the promenade for a memorable sunset. Be sure to visit the Euphrasian Basilica, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and climb its bell tower. Built in 1520, it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the old town and the sea (P.S. The sunset is truly amazing from above).

An array of activities for families with kids: from adrenaline parks to adventures in the bird world

We know that most parents will be looking for children’s parks and activities to keep their kids entertained while on holiday. In Poreč you can find a few smaller parks or visit a funfair during the summer months, but we definitely recommend the park next to the Nafta-Plin public beach. It’s only a five-minute walk away from the town’s centre, in the pedestrian zone along the forest trail to Brulo. Poreč’s immediate surroundings offer a wide range of attractions: from the Aquacolors waterpark to the Papago bird park in Červar Porat, where you’ll get to see all sorts of birds such as colourful parrots, Bubi the duck and beautiful peacocks. The park is located in a small forest, the trails are shaded from the sun, and there is also a picnic area near the pond, also ideal for a coffee break. Not far away is the Sky Fox adrenaline park for both adults and children: some facilities are only one metre above the ground so that even the youngest ones can get a taste of adventure. Near the park you can try horseback riding or go cart racing. Not bad, right?

Little dinosaur lovers will be thrilled with Dinopark, a theme amusement park with squeaking real-size dinosaurs, located in a forest with waymarked trails. They’ll get a chance to ride a dinosaur during the day show, and have fun on trampolines, carousels and trains. The park also features pygmy goats, rabbits, turtles, snakes and ponies that children can ride. Everything except for food and drinks is included in the ticket price (yes, all train rides are free of charge, just push the button). This place is well worth visiting for at least a couple of hours.

In case of rain, we suggest you to visit the Aquarium in the old town.

Culinary experience to suit everyone’s food cravings

Last but not least, check out our food recommendations! If you enjoy fine dining and discovering new flavours, book a table at the Spinnaker restaurant on the waterfront, known for years for its exceptional seasonal menus that got it the title of Poreč’s best restaurant. A walk through the old town streets will take you to Peterokutna kula, another fine dining restaurant highly praised not only for its food, but also for the view. Or take a boat to the island of Sv. Nikola for a romantic dinner date at the Miramare restaurant, boasting an amazing sea view with unique sunsets.

If you’re up for a delicious snack, visit the Tunaholic fish bar, Burgerija, Asian restaurants Chilly and UMI or some of Poreč’s well-known pastry shops.

Only a ten-minute drive away from Poreč you’ll find supreme vineries such as Franc Arman, Matošević, Damjanić, Veralda, etc. Jump in the car and get ready for exciting wine tastings, you won’t regret it.

Agrolaguna’s shop in Poreč is another great place where you can buy Istrian wines, oils, cheeses, truffles and homemade pasta to take home. It is located within the Agrolaguna factory, the largest producer of oil and wine in Istria.

We hope you’ll find some spare time to follow our tips. However, if you prefer lazing by the pool with a sea view and drinking late morning coffees, just go for it!

Bloggers, journalists, tourist guides, artists, entertainers and all kinds of hospitality experts and enthusiasts have gathered under the ValamArtists handle to lovingly bring you the best out of the Croatian holiday experience. Enjoy the ride!
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