Trail marked with number 142
Poreč - Sveti Lovreč - Kloštar - Vrsar - Funtana - Poreč
Length: 58 km
Altitude: 450 m
Highest point: 315 m
Lowest point: 0 m
Riding time: 3:00 - 4:00 h
Asphalt: 20,3 km
Macadam: 37,7 km
You will find this hidden gem in the western part of the Istrian peninsula - one of the best-preserved medieval fortified towns in Istria. The first mention of Sveti Lovreč, Castrum Sancti Laurentii, is found on a map dating back to 1030 (lat. castrum fortified military settlement).
Sveti Lovreč, inhabited thousands of years ago, developed on the site of a prehistoric hillfort. Already in Byzantine times it was fortified with walls and towers, and the largest part of the fortification, preserved to this day, dates back to the long period of Venetian rule.
The settlement was named after the 8th century St. Lawrence’s church, which is located in the cemetery outside the town walls. The urban core of the old town conceals the Basilica of St. Martin, the best preserved early Romanesque church in Istria, which experts believe was built in the first half of the 11th century. The Gothic church of St. Blaise can be discovered close to the Great Gate that leads you to Placa, the main square that for centuries has been the centre of meetings and town life.
This charming town has been ravaged by a number of wars and epidemics of plague and malaria and even several earthquakes, but all this is only part of Sveti Lovreč’s rich history, which, being shrouded in the spirit of history, is just begging to be uncovered.