HOW TO REACH US?

Congress Venue:

Valamar Diamant Hotel Poreč
Address: Brulo 1, HR-52440 Poreč, Croatia

GPS coordinates:
latitude: 45° 12’ 50’’ N (45.214019444444446 N)
longitude: 13° 35’ 59’’ E (13.599813888888888E)

Map and directions:
http://www.valamar.com/en/hotels-porec/valamar-diamant-hotel/map-directions

Location:
Valamar Diamant Hotel is only a 10 minute stroll away from the historic centre of Poreč. Surrounded by pine forests and pristine beaches, it offers the right balance of recreation, relaxation and exceptional buffet dining, including dietary meals. The Hotel’s recreational activities are second to none, especially when it comes to biking. It features a sports hall, outdoor pool, heated indoor pool and a wellness and beauty centre.

During summer, guests can relax on nearby Brulo Beach or by the outdoor pool, walk by the sea, or take the tourist train to the centre of town. Guests can work out in our fitness centre with 40 modern machines and then relax in the steam bath, jacuzzi and large pool with geysers and waterfalls in our wellness centre. Whichever type of holiday you choose, our friendly and attentive staff will make sure you have a pleasant stay.

City of Poreč – History:
The ancient town of Poreč, one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations, is located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Its attractive historic centre features the most distinctive monument of Early Byzantine art in the Mediterranean area: the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most impressive sacral buildings on the Adriatic coast.

Poreč developed on a small symmetrical peninsula long before the arrival of the Histrians, an Illyrian tribe. Today the centre of the old city is located on this small peninsula. With the arrival of the Histrians the area surrounding the present-day city was settled, and thanks to a naturally protected harbour the construction of a harbour-centre was enabled and Poreč could develop unhindered. Preserved records by Ancient Greek historians and geographers from the 6th and 4th centuries BC mention a small fishing village, and archaeological findings tell us of the homes of the people of the time.
A Roman settlement was constructed around the 2nd century BC which, with the natural harbour, developed into a military fort over time. The silhouette of a city is visible in the geometrically symmetrical placement of the streets. The City of Poreč has preserved this appearance with the main streets Cardo Maximus and Decumanus as well as the centrally located Forum. Poreč was granted city or municipio status, during the first half of the 1st century and was granted the name Colonia Iulia Parentium.

During Roman rule in the area of Poreč, in the 3rd century the first bishop of Poreč, Bishop Mavar, was a victim of one of the Christian persecutions. After a cruel martyr’s death the Bishop was declared a saint and the City’s patron.
Since then and until the present day Poreč has maintained its status as a diocese. In the 4th century an early Christian cathedral was built at the place where Bishop Mavar suffered his martyrdom. One hundred years later it was renovated and in the 6th century Bishop Euphrasius ordered the construction of a basilica – this basilica is today considered a famous building and is a true architectural treasure. Since 1998 it has been an UNESCO protected site.
Slavs settled in Istria, Poreč and its surrounding area in the 7th century. Poreč had a city-government as early as the 12th century and the first City Statute dates from around the year 1250. The longest ruler in Poreč was the Venetian Republic which ruled for about five hundred years. With the fall of Venice Poreč came under Austrian rule, and quickly after in 1805 came under French administration after Napoleon’s conquest. From 1815 to 1918 Poreč came under Austrian rule once more. The City’s reputation grew when the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy declared Poreč the capital city of Istria and made it the seat of the regional government and the location of the Istrian Parliament.
Up until the middle of the 20th century a number of governments, monarchs and states changed hands. The area of Poreč was ruled by Ostrogoths, was the seat of Frankish rule, Aquileian Patriarchs, the Venetian Republic, Austria, Napoleon’s Illyrians and the Kingdom of Italy. In 1943 Poreč and the rest of Istria were joined to Croatia, a constituent state of Yugoslavia which in 1990 became an independent state.
Euphrasius Basilica is the most valuable cultural monument in Poreč. It was built on the remains of an earlier tri-naval basilica, in the first half of the 6th century, during the period of Bishop Euphrasius, whose name it bears. Visitors’ tours are possible everyday except during religious rituals. It is possible to climb up to the steeple and view Poreč and its surroundings. The complex of the Euphrasian Basilica represents a significant global monument acknowledged by UNESCO organisation in the year 1997.
Poreč, one of Istria’s most renowned tourist destinations, manages to balance the authentic charm of a small coastal town filled with magnificent historical sites, with the perks and exciting features modern and active travellers expect. Spread across 37 km of stunning coastline, Poreč Riviera offers a vast array of accommodation choices from family resorts, camping sites, apartments to villas and lighthouses, all surrounded by untouched nature and beaches suited to every taste.

HOW TO REACH US?

Poreč is located on Istrian western coast, between towns Umag and Novigrad on north, and Rovinj on south. Poreč is easy to reach by car, bus or plane – the motorway network Istrian Ypsilon is developed and of high quality but if you prefer flying to your holiday, the nearest airport is in Pula (about 60 km distance).

BY CAR
Get directions on: http://www.valamar.com/en/hotels-porec/valamar-diamant-hotel/map-directions

Distances from major cities (airports):
Zagreb – Poreč 264 km
Pula – Poreč 52 km
Trst – Poreč 112 km
Venecija – Poreč 220 km
Ljubljana – Poreč 190 km

BY PLANE
If you chose an airplane for your arrival to Poreč at website http://www.valamar.com/en/hotels-porec/valamar-diamant-hotel/map-directions we provide you with the opportunity to search through all flights to Poreč.

Airport Pula (PUY), Croatia, 52 km from Poreč
Airport Franjo Tuđman (ZAG), Zagreb, Croatia, 264 km od Poreča
Airporto Ronchi dei Legionari (TRS), Friulia Venezia Giulia, Trieste, Italy, 112 km from Poreč
Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Venice, Italy, 220 km from Poreč
Brnik Airport (LJU), Ljubljana, Slovenia, 190 km from Poreč

BY TRAIN
If you have chosen to arrive in Poreč by train, on this page you can find the closest railway station.

Pazin, 33 km from Poreč, + 385 52 624 310
Pula, 52 km from Poreč, + 385 52 541 733
Rijeka, 100 km from Poreč, + 385 51 211 111
Kopar, Slovenia, 55 km from Poreč, + 386 66 31 221

OTHER INFORMATIONS

Currency:
Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Kuna banknotes.

Foreign currencies:
can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas; cheques can be cashed in banks.

Credit Cards:
All major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express) are widely accepted.

Power supply: 220 V, 50 Hz
Our guests should note that power outlets in Croatia are the Continental two-pin type and that a socket adapter is therefore required.

Water:
Tap water is potable in all parts of Croatia.

The telephone code for Croatia is +385.

Time zone:
GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer.

Travel documentation:
A valid passport or some other identification document recognised by international agreement; for certain countries a personal identity card is sufficient (i.e. a document which testifies to the identity and citizenship of the bearer).

For more information (visa regime):
Diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia: www.mvep.hr

http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

All questions regarding Croatia’s visa regime can be submitted at: vize@mvep.hr