Hello incurable travelers
Today I’d like to tell you about the Valamar Gourmet Bloggers, first Italian blog tour organized in Istria by Istria Tourist Board.
I spent four beautiful days – from Friday 30th May to Monday 2nd June – to explore Porec and Rabac, passing through ancient villages like Labin and Motovun.
When we arrived in Porec, we went immediately to the discovery of the Istrian town.
The historic city center, closed to traffic, is located on a peninsula and is built upon the foundation at the time of the Roman Empire, in the urban features are found in a regular geometric distribution, marked the main streets Decumanus and Cardo Maximus, the Roman forum Marafor (deriving from the Latin Maior Forum), from the central square.
Among all the churches Euphrasian Basilica worths a visit, which was built around the middle of the sixth century, the time of Bishop Euphemia whose name it bears, on the foundations of an earlier basilica with three naves. It was declared a historical monument of world importance in 1997 and then recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO.
Anyone wishing to enjoy a spectacular panorama can climb the bell tower and enjoy the view of the city and the blue sea.
Porec shows his past through its towers, the northern part of the fifteenth century, of which the outer walls remained; the pentagonal tower, in gothic style with a Venetian lion proud to embellish it, and finally the round tower, which has been now converted into a club.
The walk continues admiring the buildings erected at various times and with various styles such as the Two Saints house, in Romanesque style and embellished with two stone figures of saints in relief flanking the windows, Romanesque house, characterized by wooden balconies, Gothic house , in flowery Gothic style with the characteristic Venetian double lancet windows and ending with Villa Polesini.
Villa Polesini is a beautiful structure, built in the 19th century is situated on the seafront with beautiful Mediterranean gardens, the ideal place for romantic moments.
Even from a gastronomic point of view Poreč offers many alternatives, from quick snacks to fine dining like the one enjoyed in the restaurant on the seafront with stunning views of the island of St. Nicholas and the port.
The island of St Nikola, accessible with a 5-minute ride in a boat from the port of Porec, is characterized by a Mediterranean grove and beaches with a crystal clear sea.