Pula is the largest city in Istria, and is located on the southwest coast of the Istrian peninsula in a well-protected natural bay. It has about 55,000 inhabitants.
The history of the settlement of Pula and the surrounding area goes back to the 10th century BC. The first settlement was founded by the ancient Illyrian tribe Histri. From the 2nd century BC onwards, Pula was ruled by the Romans and it developed rapidly and built many impressive buildings, temples and monuments. During this time, Pula was a very important trade and marine center in the northern Adriatic. During the Middle Ages, the city began to slowly decline and was repeatedly plundered. It wasn't until the 19th century that Pula returned to its former glory and quickly developed into a large Austrian naval base and a large shipbuilding center.
Today Pula is developed with shipbuilding, food industry and tourism. Tourists from all over the world come to see its historical heritage and beautiful surroundings full of small bays, beaches and clear sea water.
The arena (amphitheater) of Pula is the symbol of the city and provides a great backdrop both day and night. Here Roman gladiator fights took place and is now used for concerts, performances and festivals. From Roman times here is the Temple of Augustus, the Triumphal Arch (Golden Gate) and the Forum, the central square of classical and medieval Pula. After visiting the historical center, you can find refreshments on many beaches, and we emphasize the nearby Soline bay and Pješčana bay, where there are beautiful sandy beaches with very clear Adriatic sea.
The city is full of cultural and entertainment events and summer concerts so you will never be bored. There are interesting daily trips to Brijuni National Park, which is only about a half hour boat ride from Pula's waterfront. Visit this old town in Istria and spend a vacation in an excellent mix of preserved historical heritage, beautiful surroundings and the pleasant Mediterranean climate.
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Source of information: www.pulainfo.hr