Pula – Jewel of the Istrian Peninsula
Known for its thousands of years old history, varied cultural heritage, unspoiled scenic beauty, pristine sandy beaches with crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, and mild Mediterranean climate; Pula is a must visit holiday destination for beach lovers, history buffs and water sports enthusiasts. This beautiful coastal city in the northern Croatia is situated on the tip of the peninsula of Istria and witnesses a footfall of thousands of tourists every year.
Once in Pula, begin your itinerary with the ‘Roman Arena’ or the ‘Arena of Pula’, the 6th largest amphitheatre in the world and a site which every citizen of Pula takes pride in. The amphitheatre was built in the 1st century AD and today it is the top visited tourist attraction in the city. The Arena, during the Romanian rule, was the site for gladiator fights but now plays host to various cultural events, live concerts, opera performances and the famous Pula Film Festival.
The other Roman ruins including the ‘Temple of Augustus’, ‘Twin Gates of the City’ and the ‘Arch of the Sergii’ are also worth a visit and will connect you to the ancient era of the Roman rule in the city.
As you explore the city, take some time out of your busy schedule to have an excellent culinary experience of Pula. You will find lots of good restaurants and pizzerias serving authentic Istrian cuisine. Some of the best known Istrian dishes include ravioli, gnocchi and fuži which are served with various types of meat sauce. Apart from the pasta dishes, Istrian truffles are also something to gorge on. Various restaurants have these truffle dishes on their menu cards during autumn.
After connecting yourself with the traditional flavours, exploring the city and soaking yourself in its glorious past, you can take a day trip to the nearby ‘Brijuni Islands’, which was once the private residence of Yugoslavia's President Tito. Several tour organizers are available who can arrange for boat trips to these Islands; you also have the option of hiring private boats. Once you are on the island, go for a guided motorized tourist train tour that takes you through the safari park and the remains of luxurious Roman villas.
While planning a trip to Pula, do not forget to include a visit to the famous ‘Postojna Caves’ in your itinerary. Famous for its limestone sculptures, these are the only caves in the world with a facility of an underground electric train that takes you through the narrow passages and dangerous curves of the caves. A ride through the depth of these caves will surely have your pulse racing.
Apart from being a cultural town, Pula is also famous for its night life which is considered to be the best in all of Croatia. You will find lots of discotheques, pubs and bars which are open until late at night. All you need to do is put your dancing shoes on and get rocking to the tunes of music played by live bands in these bars.
So, come to Pula and soak yourself in its lively spirits.
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