With its 2000 years old history, placed in harbour and protected from open sea with small island of St. Nicholas, Porec is probably one of the most beautiful coastal cities in western part of Croatian peninsula Istria. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Porec officially became a city during the rule of Roman emperor Augustus in 1st century. The major landmark in old part of town is the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. It was important city in that part of Croatia; in 1267 became a part of Republic of Venice; between 1805 and 1814, Porec was part of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy; in 19th century became capital of Istria, with its own schools, administrative and judiciary offices and the seat of the regional Parliament; in 1944, the city was bombed by the Allies 34 times, damaging 75% of the city, but the most important places seemed to stay intact :happy:
Our hotel, Fortuna, was placed in a small island of St. Nicholas, just 5 minutes by boat from a harbour. Nice place with clean beaches, park, old hotel Castle Isabella, small lighthouse and enormous number of gulls – which was not always a pleasure, especially early in the morning. But except that small casual annoyance, place was quiet: sound of waves and coastal insects; warm sea and smell of salt and lavender; rabits…. I don`t know how they appeared there, but small colony of gray rabits is wandering around, mostly undisturbed by residents of two hotels.
In a city, old part looks like most of the Adriatic cities: narrow streets, made mostly of stone bricks, with numerous shops and restaurants. A town is dedicated to tourists from all over Europe, mostly English but also from Germany, Italy, Russia,… I am not sure how it looks like in a main tourist season, but now it was possible to find a small shady place to enjoy delicious food or just to have a cup of coffee; or
a bottle a glass of excellent red wine :wine:
I know one person will critisize me for taking this photo (she says it`s amateur 😛 ) but I will finish this post with a sunset seen from island.
Night swimming in very warm sea is just…
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