Friday, September 6, 2013

CROATIA: POREC, ROVINJ AND PULA

We took a catamaran of Venezia Lines at 17 pm to go from Venice to Porec. This catamaran left from San Basilio Station. We bought the tickets at the train station of Venezia in the travel agency Agenzie 365 our first day in Venezia. Tickets cost 72 € each.

We arrived at Porec at 8 pm and went to our accommodation, Arlen Bed and Breakfast, located 15min walk from the center. That day we had dinner at our accomodation with live music. As we walked to our accommodation we realized that Porec is a really lively town in the evening, when the terraces are full of people for dinner.

We spent an intense day in Istria Peninsula visiting Porec, Rovinj and Pula. These are the interesting places we visited in each town:

- Porec

  • Byzantine Basilica of Saint Euphrasia
  • Promenade and marina
  • Old town


- Rovinj

  • Saint Eufemia church
  • Old town
  • Promenade


- Pula

  • Roman amphitheater
  • Arch of the Sergians
  • Roman Forum
  • Temple of Augustus



Porec (Parenzo)


We visited Porec for 3 hours. It is essential to visit the Byzantine Basilica of St. Euphrasia, a World Heritage Site. We walked through the streets of the old town and the promenade too.



Marina and promenade of Porec
Marina and promenade of Porec in Croatia


Gothic palace in Porec
Gothic palace in Porec


Byzantine Basilica of Saint Euphrasia in Porec
Entrance to Byzantine Basilica of Saint Euphrasia, World Heritage Site, in Porec


Byzantine Basilica of Saint Euphrasia in Porec
Mosaic in the tympanum of the entrance to the basilica of Saint Euphrasia in Porec



Byzantine Basilica of Saint Euphrasia in Porec
Inside the basilica of Saint Euphrasia in Porec


Byzantine Basilica of Saint Euphrasia in Porec
Mosaic in the apse of basilica of Saint Euphrasia in Porec


Old town in Porec
Street of the old town of Porec



Trg Slobode in Porec



At 11am we took a bus to Rovinj. It takes about 50min and there is a bus every two hours. We walked along the promenade and walked through the streets of the old town before going up the bell tower of the church of Saint Eufemia to enjoy fantastic views of Rovinj.


Limski Canal



Limski Canal in Croatia
View of Limski Canal from the bus from Porec to Rovinj


Rovinj (Rovigno)



Rovinj in Croatia
Marina and bell tower of Saint Eufemia church in Rovinj


Old town of Rovinj
Main entrance to the old town of Rovinj



Rovinj from Saint Eufemia church
Rovinj from the bell tower of Saint Eufemia church



Old town of Rovinj
Typical buildings of the old town of Rovinj




Old town of Rovinj
Street of the old town in Rovinj



Rovinj in Croatia
Boats docked in the harbor of Rovinj



Rocky beach in Rovinj
Rocky beach in Rovinj




Pula


At 5:30 am we took a bus to Pula. It takes about 45min and there is a bus every hour. We did a night tour and dinner at Pizzeria Jupiter, which the owner of our accomodation, Hostel Sonja, recommend us.



Amphitheater of Pula in Croatia
Amphitheater of Pula in Croatia



Arch of the Sergians in Pula
Arch of the Sergians in Pula



Forum and Town Hall in Pula
Forum and Town Hall in Pula


Temple of Augustus in Pula
Temple of Augustus in Pula


Temple of Augustus in the Forum of Pula
Temple of Augustus in the Forum of Pula


City Hall of Pula
The City Hall of Pula is located in what was an ancient Roman temple



Amphitheater of Pula
Amphitheater of Pula in Croatia lit at night



This was the route we did from Venice to Dubrovnik along the Croatian Coast:



Finally other great cities and countries I have visited are:

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