Pula is the biggest town of the Istrian region and it is situated in a bay on the south-western side of the Istrian peninsula. It has about 90 000 inhabitants. The city has a long tradition in winery, fishing, shipbuilding and tourism and it is as well a transit port. The city is about 3000 years old and its real history begins with the Romans. The famous Roman remains are the Arena (amphitheatre), the Arch of the Sergi, the Temple of Rome and August etc. The most significant is that the Romans constructed water and sewage systems in the town.
Accommodation in Pula:
Thanks to the natural beauties, the city is a very popular tourist destination. As such, it offers a great variety of accommodation. Mostly along the coast but also in the center of the town there are many hotels, camps, tourist resorts and private accommodation. Tourism in Pula has blossomed in the 60’s of the 20th century when tourist complexes were built: Verudela, Zlatne stijene and others. Among accommodation in Pula you will find a plenty of additional activities like all sorts of sport, entertainment in disco clubs and bars. Since there are two marinas in the town, nautical tourism is also developed. In the vicinity of Pula there is one of 8 national parks in Croatia, the national park of Brijuni.
Things to see – sights in Pula:
Two most famous museums in Pula are the Archeological museum of Istria and the Historical museum of Istria. In the Archeological museum of Istria you can find treasures from Pula and surroundings dating from prehistory until the middle ages. Apart from museums there are many monuments dating back to ancient times.
One of the most famous is the amphitheater from the 1st century which is today used for festivals, concerts and other events, the Augustan Forum, two Roman theaters, the 1st century triumphal Arch of the Sergi, the Twin gates and the Gates of Hercules which are two of the few remaining gates of the city walls. In the old town part, the streets are paved with ancient Roman stones. From later period there is the Church and the Monastery of St. Francis from the 13th century, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Where to eat in the city:
Like everywhere in Istria, Pula also has a number of restaurants with different offer. The gastronomy is influenced by Italian, middle European and Austrian kitchen. Thus, there is a variety of dishes prepared from sea food and dishes from continental Istria. Typical specialties in Pula are dishes with different kinds of fish, shrimps and crabs. Black risotto and sardine in oil with garlic and spices are also very popular. For those who don’t like seafood, there is the typical Istrian pršut, omelets with asparagus and truffles and many other dishes. Istria is also known for excellent wines like sauvignon, cabernet, pinot and merlot but the most famous Istrian wines are malvazija and teran.