Istria, Croatia

Poreč ‘Runseeing’ and Waterfront Run

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Poreč is a vibrant and picturesque medieval seaside town halfway up the coast of the Istria peninsula. We’ve designed a short, scenic 4.5 km ‘runseeing’ tour that features Poreč’s marina, seafront promenade, and a jaunt through the streets of the small, historic old town. For a longer run, you can continue further north along the coast.

Start at the Poreč marina, enjoying a couple of jaunts up and down the piers. Then, follow the main waterfront road and path to the Park Olge Ban and a short waterfront path there. You’ll pass the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage List and Europe’s most impressive intact example of Byzantine art. Retrace your steps, and for the return, instead of using he waterfront path the whole way, take Decumanus St., which is the main road passing through the Old Town. The street is paved with 2000 year old stone, and passes the 13th century Romanesque House and the Zuccato Palace. Just past the Neptune Temple, complete the run along the waterfront path back to the marina.

Longer Run: We’ve also mapped a route continuing north along the coast for 3 km to Materada Beach. It’s a combination of road and dedicated coastal path, with some sections right along the water and others a bit away from the coast.

Essentials
  • Poreč tour: 4.5 km (2.8 miles) loop; Longer route: 8.5 km (5.3 miles) out and back
  • 50m (162 feet) for long route
  • Poreč Marina