Pula – capital of Istria, home of Romans

The city of Pula, located in the southwest region of the Istrian peninsula, is Istria’s administrative center since Roman times. It exists more than 3000 years and was founded on a hill Kaštel. City history began with the Romans because Pula had all the functions and structures typical of the Roman settlement of immigrants and in the 20th century it developed into the largest Istrian city most important for its industry and tourism.

Ferijalno Bay, Pula, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc

Thanks to the mild climate, calm sea and unspoiled nature Pula carries the title of the most interesting tourist town in the context of Istria. In the 3rd century, next to the Salona, it was the largest settlement on the east coast of the Adriatic. Today, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the eastern part of the Adriatic because of its favorable geographical position, interesting and turbulent history and wealth of cultural and historical monuments. It stands out in the tourist industry because it has a diverse selection of accommodation consisting of a large number of excellent hotels, two campsites, and several tourist apartment complexes.

Augustus temple Pula



This city gives you the possibility of an ideal vacation for a set of interesting activities and beautiful places with a rich history for daily sightseeing. National Park Brijuni, one of the most famous Croatian National Parks, is located close to the city and favorite place for nature lovers. Pula (Pola, ital.) is particularly interesting because of its Roman architecture and brings us closer to the rich history of this territory. The most significant architectural wealth is certainly impressive amphitheater whose construction began in the 1st century and It is the largest monument of architecture in Croatia.





Arc de Triomphe Pula, Croatia

It also carries the title of the sixth-largest and best-preserved among Roman amphitheaters in the world. It took 90 years to build Arena and it is the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. Located on what was once the Roman Forum, Temple of Augustus, the small building with a rich history is the lovely thing to see while you are in Pula.

If you walk through the city, you will come to a beautifully maintained monument where many activities occur during summer, called Arco dei Sergi or Golden gate as locals refer to it. There are a lot of things to see in Pula so take the time to experience the city as a whole and try to visit as many places that breathe the spirit of ancient Rome. Triumphal Arch, Double Gate, Gate of Hercules are some of the must-see places. Except for the breath-taking architecture, during the season city is perfect for attending concerts of your choice, held in the Arena, or visiting festivals of your taste because Pula is the devotee of culture and in the most beautiful way enhances your summer evening. Restaurants and bars are full of tourists and the smell of delicious food requires slowing down and enjoy the excellent gastronomic offer after a day of sightseeing. Visit astonishing Pula without thinking!

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Amphitheatre in Pula, Istria, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc


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