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Pula

Pula

Position

Istria is an Adriatic peninsula in northwestern Croatia. Its area is 2,820 km2, its coastline starting from the north-west with the Gulf of Trieste, between Italy and Croatia, to Cape Kamenjak, at the extreme south of the peninsula. Pula is located on this coast, a few kilometers north-west of this southern tip of Istria.

History

Pula has, to the west of its old town, the facade of two ancient theaters, the ruins of the surrounding wall and its Forum dating back to the first century ACN. Of the three temples present at the time there remains only the Temple of Augustus, built between the year 2 ACN and the year 14, with marble columns and Corinthian capitals. It became a Christian church and silo during the bombing of the Second World War. If this temple was rebuilt in 1947, the Temple of Diana, there remains only a wall encrusted in the construction of the current Municipal Palace.
Its Amphitheater, one of the largest in the world, is well preserved, built under the reign of the Emperor Augustus and enlarged under the Emperor Vespasian. Elliptical in shape, it is 133 meters by 105 meters long with a height of three levels reaching 35 meters. After hosting many gladiator fights, sometimes as many as 24,000 spectators, he saw part of his stones used in the Middle Ages to build a castle, being still, annually, the setting of his "Film Festival".
Byzantine for almost a millennium, Pula passed, in the 14th century, the "Republic of Venice", which entrusted its fortification to a French military engineer, Antoine de Ville. Main naval base of Austria-Hungary, it became Italian, like the rest of Istria, from 1918 to 1954, the city being occupied by the Yugoslav troops from May 1945. Become Yugoslav since 1954, it becomes Croatian in 1991. Few places in the Mediterranean group as many different architectures in such a small space. Roman temples defy baroque palaces, Christian churches face Viennese villas, and medieval walls adjoin buildings dating back to ancient times.

Pula: What to do / What to see?

 
 
 

Indulgence and fun

Istria is famous for its "fuzi", typical Istrian pasta, usually served with a truffle and "prosciutto" sauce, all restaurateurs agree that this blend of flavors brings out all the intensity truffle. Istrian ham is very popular, it is a specialty dried "bora" (cold wind). Also his "buzaras" of seafood, based on white wine, garlic, olive oil and parsley, his langoustine stews with tomato sauce, his "manestra"; a soup consisting of a mixture of potatoes, beans, corn, cabbage and fennel. As for the desserts, discover its "cukeranicici", traditional pastries that we accompany, a muscat wine with a perfume and a semi-dry bouquet, for an optimal tasting.

Sports and recreation

In Pula, at the "Green Garden", we can participate in unusual sports activities such as karting, paintball or we can also rent "quads" to discover the nearby region. There are also several diving centers and places for sailing and windsurfing. Beach side, we have the choice. Those in gravel, Verudela, along a pine wood, with many trails, an ideal place for walks on foot, surrounded by nature. That of Banjole is located near a pine forest, that of Fazana, with bridges leading directly to the sea offering a wonderful view of the Brijuni Islands National Park. The preserved archipelago is a few kilometers north-west of Pula. At Kamenjak Cape, we find a preserved natural paradise, eden of the Mediterranean, where bike paths and hiking trails allow us to reach small coves in the heart of nature.
Many sports are therefore available, from swimming to tennis, including beach volleyball, water skiing and kayaking. Starting from Pula, there is a cycle lane ("Euro Bike 9") linking Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.