International football tournament Croatia: Amfora Cup
Teams looking for an international youth football tournament in a relaxed environment need look no further than the Amfora Cup. Right beside the centuries-old harbour town of Porec in the heart of the Istrian coast lies the sports and holiday centre Zelena Laguna. Various professional teams set up their training camps here, as on occasion does the Croatian national team. But at Whitsun, the complex is completely reserved for young people. With a 15-year history, the tournaments have become a rendezvous for old friends.
The Amfora Cup is organised by FC Jadran in cooperation with the Istrian Football Association and the municipality of Porec.
Besides facilitating participation in the international youth soccer tournament, Euro-Sportring also arranges accommodation for the participants. ESR has arrangements with a variety of hostels (including youth hostels) and hotels in various price categories and types of accommodation. Sometimes an overnight stay at the sports complex itself is possible, but it may also be a school within walking distance from the venue or in a nearby city or town.
The map shows the different tournament location(s) and the available accommodation options in the vicinity.
The Croatian town of Porec is located on a lagoon on the west coast of Istria. The city with 12,500 inhabitants is surrounded by beautiful green countryside and has a mild Mediterranean climate. The history of Porec goes back a long way: Roman remains can be found at various places. A famous place of interest in Porec is the St. Euphrasius Basilica dating back to the 6th Century. In 1996, this basilica was added to the world heritage list of UNESCO. The basilica is internationally known for its beautiful Byzantine mosaics.
Istria is the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea and is the most westerly province of Croatia. Istria has no less than 445 kilometres of coastline, which makes it a very popular holiday destination, especially among sun worshippers. Pula, Porec and Umag are the main tourist resorts. Istria is lush with lots of unspoilt countryside, lakes and waterfalls, centuries old culture and very hospitable people.
Neighbouring country Italy lies at the opposite side of the Adriatic Sea, but is not that far away so an excursion to romantic Venice is easily arranged from Umag. The modern catamaran service will take you there in 40 minutes and regular excursions are organised from Umag each week, taking in all the hot spots of Venice. It should not to be missed!