Poreč (Italian: Parenzo; Latin: Parens or Parentium; archaic German: Parenz) is a town and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, in Istria County, Croatia. Its major landmark is the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Poreč is almost 2,000 years old, and is set around a harbor protected from the sea by the small island of Sveti Nikola (Saint Nicholas/San Nicola). The town’s population of approximately 12,000 resides mostly on the outskirts, while the wider Poreč area has a population of approximately 17,000 inhabitants.
Ever since the 1970s, the coast of Poreč has been the most visited tourist destination in Croatia.