Valamar Crystal

The Valamar Crystal is one of those rare hotels that is both sophisticated and family-friendly. It offers chic, summery rooms, and there’s a buffet restaurant where you can try Istrian specialities, such as truffles. However, most of the action happens outdoors. In the wooded grounds, you’ll discover an L-shaped seawater pool with a whirlpool bath, and a circular freshwater paddling pool for kids. There’s a long list of activities on offer, ranging from cooking lessons to water sports. Children will love the playground with bungee trampolines, and the dedicated kids’ club. Guests who want to relax can visit the upmarket spa in the adjacent sister hotel, Valamar Diamante. The Valamar Crystal is set in a beautiful location in a pine forest clearing, only 150m from a beach and a 10-minute walk to Porec.

Overview of the Istrian Riviera

If you’re looking for a combination of a peaceful beach getaway and a cultural break, holidays to Croatia are for you. The Istrian Riviera is a less well-known region with around 240km of spectacular coastline. The coast is dotted with cities and towns that exude old-world charm, and they’re speckled with unspoilt rocky coves. You’ll particularly love Porec, an ancient historic town that combines UNESCO World Heritage Sites with beaches offering plenty of water sports, and a fantastic wining and dining scene. Stay at Valamar Crystal and you’re well-placed to explore the town and its surroundings.

Things to do in the Istrian Riviera

If you’re staying at Valamar Crystal, it’s worth strolling into Porec to explore the stunning old town. The jewel in its crown is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Euphrasian Basilica, which is decorated with shimmering golden mosaics. It’s also worth heading to the daily market, where you’ll find earthenware jugs, local lavender, fruit and vegetables. It’s a 15-minute drive inland to the spectacular Baredine Caves. Tour this subterranean complex of stalactites and stalagmites, and marvel at the mystical natural formations. The Istrian Riviera offers the opportunity for a beach break with a difference, as its sun-soaked shores are home to some magnificent cultural attractions. You’ll love exploring this region’s hidden corners and quiet coves. And when you’ve had a busy day of sightseeing, Valamar Crystal will be the ideal place to relax and unwind.

Resort Summary

Dating back to prehistoric times, Porec has been pulling in the crowds for around 3,000 years. Having been conquered by the Romans and the Venetians, to name but a few, as you wander around Porec’s old town you’ll recognise traces of its former occupants. And at the same time can enjoy yourself with all the contemporary delights that this town has to offer.

With its access to pebbly and sandy beaches, as well as its fantastic architecture, Porec is a destination with a difference. People-watching is easy here, with many yachts and luxury boats mooring in Porec harbour.