For our first weekend in Italy, we hopped over to Croatia to take in some sites and culture. Starting in Porec, we took a boat tour and were able to explore some of the other incredibly charming port cities on the Istrian Coast.
Top Sites and Activities
Boat Tour down the coast of Croatia
Starting in Porec, there are many different boat tours you can take that stop at different port cities down the coast. I highly recommend this! It’s an all day trip, with many different stops and lunch included on the boat. Fresh mackerel? Don’t mind if I do! The port cities we visited were as follows:
This port city is a small fishing village with some souvenir shops and restaurants lining the waterfront. Hike up the hill to see the town church, as well as for stunning views of the coastline.
Reminiscent of Venice (it was once part of the Roman Empire) but with it’s own distinct style and charm, this port town is one to fall in love with.
Explore it’s narrow, cobbled streets as you meander up to the church on the hill for stunning views and a beautiful resting point.
Restaurants and shopping are plentiful here. We happened upon a farmers market and bought the most amazing tasting plums I have ever had. I would visit Croatia again, if only to come to Rovinj.
Where to Dine
I know, weird name, but I had some ravioli here that ranks on my top 3 meals. Ravioli with prosciutto and cheese curd. It was simply divine.
Situated right on the waterfront, with terrific views and top notch service.
Where to Stay
Grand Hotel Palazzo
Located right downtown, the Grand Hotel Palazzo is a charming place to stay close to shopping and dining in Porec. The lobby is adorned with beautiful Murano glass chandeliers, and the staff is friendly and helpful.
– The currency in Croatia is Kuna. Some of the street vendors take Euros, however most of the restaurants and store fronts only accept Kuna. Be sure to have your currency changed before you travel!
– The cobbled streets in Rovinj are incredibly slick, and the streets are very hilly. Be sure to wear shoes with good traction to avoid slipping.
All pictures are by Zenadia Design.