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Porec - Croatia

Porec Croatian SunsetBaradine Caves, Istria

The Venetian town of Porec lies on a narrow peninsular in the Istrian region. The old town has the waterfront to both sides and small islands off the coast. The marina is busy with tourist boat trips out to these islands, while the many restaurants and cafes along the main streets provide and ideal place to grab a bite to eat while watching the world go by.

The main draw of the town is the UNESCO registered Basilica of Euphrasius with its collection of mosaics. This 6th century cathedral was enriched by gold mosaics, although you can visit the still older mosaics in the ruins of the 4th century church the basilica was built over. The bell tower has fabulous views over the town and across the bay. You can see the mountains of Italy to the north and on a clear day the towers of Venice across the Adriatic.

Another intriging place to visit is the nearby Baradine caves. These caverns descend steeply below the hills surrounding Porec and contain several grottos filled with stalactites and other cave formations. It's a steep climb down (and a steeper one back up) to the underground lake at the bottom and the reflected formations at the end of the tour.

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