Pula - Pearl in Istria

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With its rich history, good weather, and gorgeous natural landscape, Pula is a destination you can't miss on your next trip to Croatia!

There are many fun and interesting attractions to visit, good food to eat, and kind people to meet.

Once you come here, you won't want to go home...

The largest city in Istria, Pula (Pola in Italian) is located in western Croatia on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. In the past, the city was the site of a major naval base of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Today, it serves as a port and the center of industry for the region. It combines the beauty and luxury of Riviera living with the economic benefits of commercial shipping interests.

Photo amphitheater Pula

It is also an amazing destination for the history buff, especially if you're interested in Roman history. During the siege of the city by the Romans, Augustus demolished the city. When he rebuilt it, he renamed the place Pietas Julia.

In 1148 the Republic of Venice took over, and continued to rule until the Treaty of Campo Formio in 1797, at which time the town was put under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After WW1 the city surrendered to Italy, but has belonged to Croatia since the end of WW2.

In 178 B.C. when the Romans captured the town, they built an amphitheater (arena). Crowds of tourists visit the site when they come to the city to tour the remains of the theater. In the summer, the city holds a number of opera and pop performances, as well as the Pula Film Festival, in the amphitheater.

The sixth largest amphitheater in the world, this ancient arena can hold up to 22,000 people, and remains in excellent condition - the exterior of the building is almost entirely intact.

Watch a short video of the "arena" (4 minutes)

Also recommended: visit the temple of Augustus

Photo temple of Augustus

When visiting this beautiful city, don't forget to see the Temple of Augustus. On the north-west side of the forum, this temple is a great example of architecture from the time period.

The temple itself is comprised of a larger closed cellar, and a smaller vestibule that opens into the main square bordered by four columns.

The Archaeological Museum of Istria is another interesting attraction in the city.

This museum started in 1802 when a man named Marshal Marmont began collecting stone monuments in the Temple of Augustus, although the museum as it's known today came together in 1902 when stone, ceramic, and metal objects were uncovered in Nesactium.

Wonderful holiday spot for relaxation...

The town is also a wonderful holiday spot for relaxation, offering a wide range of accommodation options like the Aparthotel Del Mar Pula. There are plenty of hotels and apartments throughout the city, catering to visitors from around the world. Large tourist hubs are situated just outside the city on the many beaches that dot the shores of the Istrian peninsula coast.

If you love a good beach vacation, Pula is close to several hotspots where you can enjoy some of the best sand and surf on the planet!

Not far from the city, the best beach destinations are Verudela, Stoja, and Lungo Mare.

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