Porec is the most popular holiday resort in Istria and is frequently named the top resort in Croatia by the Croatian National Tourist Office. Given the town’s long history, a visit to the old town is a must due to its numerous historical sites – particularly the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica which is wonderfully preserved and is well known for its beautiful gold mosaics. The Basilica is really a collection of various buildings, including a baptistery and the Bishop’s Palace. The entry to the church is free, although a small donation is much appreciated. The Basilica was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Beside the Basilica you will visit the Marafor Square the place where a Roman forum was once situated, and parts of two temples – to Neptune and Mars – can still be seen here.