Visiting Poreč at any time of the year is an excellent way to spend your holidays. There are plenty of things to do and see in Poreč, but once you explore this beautiful city, it’s time to visit its surroundings by going on a day trip.
We bring you a couple of suggestions for more unusual excursions you can go on around Poreč.
This pit is a treasure trove of stalagmites and stalactites, underground sculptures realized by the patient work of water over the centuries. This is how the marvelous sigil forms were created, of which the ten meter long high curtains, the very realistic statue of the Virgin Mary, the body of the shepherdess Milka, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the snowman and archer, which became the trademark of this pit, stand out. The special interest of this adventurous venture is the encounter with the underground living world: you will see the manfish (lat. Proteus anguinus), an endemic of the wider area of the Dinaric karst.
The cave has been a geomorphological monument of nature since 1986, and in 1995 it was opened for tourist visits. It is located in the western part of Istria between Poreč (8km), Višnjan (5km) and Tara (5km). The total depth of the pit is 132 meters, together with underground lakes whose depth sometimes reaches up to thirty meters.
The tour of the cave takes 40 minutes, along a path 300 meters long, you visit five richly decorated halls and descend to the underground lake at a depth of 60 meters. You enter every half hour accompanied by our guides (included in the ticket price), and the languages of the guide are Croatian, Italian, German, English and Russian. The cave is lit and decorated, the path and stairs have solid handrails, the temperature is a pleasant 14˚C, so you can visit without special shoes and clothes.
The exhibition primarily represents the development of the grain threshing process, immediately before and after the mechanization of field work. The story begins with the threshing floor as one of the earliest forms of threshing, and continues with a presentation of simpler to more complex grain threshers and combine harvesters and tractors that made this difficult process much easier for man.
About fifty old-timer tractors and machines are presented in the original condition in which they were last used for field work. Without subsequent modifications and in its original condition, each tractor, starting with the 1923 Fordson that first arrived in the nearby village, represents one of the many stories related to this region.
The story of the Mediterranean trilogy – bread, olive oil and wine, represented in these areas from antiquity through the Middle Ages to the present day – is presented in the exclusive space of the Konobon Gallery, built into the white Istrian stone. The central part of the Gallery is enriched with art and thematic exhibitions.
Traktor Story ends with a visit to the Wine Shop, where you can taste autochthonous varieties of olive oil and wine, as well as other local products.
The Višnjan Observatory is located 16 km from Poreč in Tičan. In terms of the number of discovered asteroids, it is one of the twelve most productive observatories in the world of all time. In her work, she excelled in astrometric measurements and discoveries of small bodies. Viewing the starry sky above Istria will enchant young and old alike.
The Višnjan Observatory is currently the most active in popularization and education projects within the Science and Education Center in Tičan, which include programs for students of all ages from many fields of science.
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