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Pula is a fascinating and historical seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, renowned for its protected harbor, beach-lined coast and especially its Roman ruins. it was originally founded in the prehistoric era due to its strategic location. Pula has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt many times. The Romans, Ostrogoths and Venetians, as well as the Allied Forces in World War II, have each administered the city. The well-preserved amphitheatre is the major attraction in this stunning city.
Pula At A Glance
Average Flight Time from the UK to Pula 2hours 30mins
Average Population of Pula 56,500
What to See in Pula Amphitheatre de Pula, Benazic Winery, Pula’s Marketplace, MEMO Museum Pula, Arco dei Sergi, Floor mosaic – The Punishment of Dirce, The Town Hall (City Palace), Nesactium, Museum Olei Histriae (Olive Oil Museum)
Towns to Visit near Pula Rovinj, Opatija, Trieste, Venice, Cres Island, Rosinj Island, Krk Island, Rab Island, Motovun, Zadar
Things to do in Pula
Amphitheatre de Pula - The Pula Arena
The Pula Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. The Arena was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. It was erected in the 1st century during the reign of Emperor Vespasian and was primarily used for gladiator fights in front of around 20,000 spectators. It is actually the largest ancient building in Istria and is as well as being open daily for visitors, it is also used for Rock Concerts, operas and ballets as well as a film festival, that has been running for 50 years.
Museum Olei Histriae (Olive Oil Museum)
This is a quaint museum that explores the history of the delicious Istrian Olive Oil, with guided tours and tastings. It is located in the very center of the town of Pula, just a few minutes walk from the Arena. You will learn out how the ancient Romans processed olive oil as well as how it is produced today whilst enjoying the aromas and tastes during your visit and will also have the opportunity to sample various Istrian brandies, truffles, lavendar and other Mediterranean plant based cosmetics.