Poreč: lovely seaside town with a Roman past

My first stop-off in Croatia was Poreč, half-way down the peninsula of Istria. It was busy with tourists, some of whom had come for the Beach Volleyball tournament taking place this week. But there were other, more ancient, things to see too.


The Roman Forum is small and tucked away in a corner of the town; nearby were the ruins of a Temple of Neptune, all without much fanfare or any notices explaining them. Much more popular and impressive, however, is the Euphrasian Basilica, dating from the 6th century, named after a famous bishop in these parts. It has great mosaics outside in the yard, a bell-tower with views, a fish mosaic in a small room, and various other parts such as an atrium, oratory, baptistery and such like.


Overall, the town has a very pleasant atmosphere, and is worth a stop-off. Next, by bus, Pula.

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