Pula is situated at the south-west tip of the Istria peninsula, and it is the largest city of the Istria County. Beautiful intact nature, blue sea and mild climate makes the city a popular tourist destination.
City is more than 3,000 years old, its history begins with the arrival of the Romans so the majority of roman architecture is located in Pula. Back then, the city was called Colonia Pietas lulia Pola.
Pula is known for its mild climate with an average air temperature of 13.7 °C (56.7 °F) (6.1 °C (43.0 °F) in February to 26.4 °C(79.5 °F) in July and August) and sea temperature from 7 °C (45 °F) to 26 °C (79 °F).
The thing that makes Pula special are already mentioned remains of roman architecture. An amphitheater Arena, build in the 1. century is definitely the most famous historical building. In the roman times it was an inevitable location of the gladiator fights, and today it is in use for various cultural manifestations from film festivals to concerts.
Among the other historical buildings that are witnesses of the Roman period, Triumphal Arch of Sergius truly stands out. Together with the Twing Gate and the Gate of Hercules which is the oldest monument of that kind in Pula. Augustan Forum was built close to the sea and was a forerunner of the Arena.
Sacral buildings date from various periods. Byzantine chapel of St.. Maria Formosa in the form of a Greek cross, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Romanesque and Byzantine characteristics and renovated parts in the Gothic style and the Orthodox Church of St.. Nicholas were all built in the 6th century. The monastery and the church of Sv. Francis with its famous dual pulpit are somewhat younger and originate from the 13th century. Monastery and church of Sv. Anthony with the bell tower of 45 meters is the highest building in Pula.
As a tourist destination, Pula cherishes many sports related to the sea. Besides swimming, the beaches are available for a variety of activities that provide an extra dose of adrenaline. There are also water polo clubs, rowing, sailing and swimming. If you are looking activities on solid ground, you can discover the city by walking, riding a bike or enjoy in a game of soccer, volleyball, or martial arts.
Among the cultural activities, Pula continuously hosts famous domestic and international musicians. Pula film festival is held every summer and it is also known worldwide. Open Air Cinema at Kaštel is opened seasonally so you can watch great movies under the stars in the romantic atmosphere.
You can not miss roman architecture in Pula, even the narrow streets of the old city district are tiled with ancient Roman panels. Twenty fortresses which are located around the city makes Pula’s fortification and represented the city’s defense. More about the history of the city and the region you can find out in the Archaeological Museum of Istria.
Beautiful National park Brijuni are located very close to Pula. Because of the many islands and diverse flora and fauna, Brijuni are often called as the paradise on earth.
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