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Poreč, Croatia

October 12th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Poreč (Italian Parenzo, Latin Parens or Parentium, archaic German: Parenz), is a city and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, in Istria county, Croatia.

Poreč is almost 2,000 years old, and is based on a harbour protected from the sea by the small island of Sveti Nikola (Saint Nicholas). The city's population of approximately 12,000 resides mostly on the outskirts, while the Poreč region as a whole has a population of approximately 17,000 inhabitants. The city area covers 142 km², with the 37 km long shoreline stretching from the Mirna river near Novigrad-Cittanova to Funtana-Fontana and Vrsar-Orsera in the south.

The local climate is extremely mild, free of oppressive summer heat. The month of August is the hottest, averaging 30° C in conditions of low humidity, while January is the coldest with an average of 5° C. There are more than 2400 hours of sun insolation a year, an average of more than 10 hours of sunshine during the summer days. Sea temperatures can reach 28° C, higher than one might expect compared to the coast of southern Croatia where the air temperatures are higher. The average annual rainfall of 920 mm is equally distributed throughout the year. Winds here are "Bora", bringing the cold, clear weather from the north in the winter, and "Jugo" (jug = south in Croatian) or "Scirocco", warm wind from the south bringing rain. The summer breeze that blows from the land to the sea is called the "Maestral".

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