Pula Croatia lies on the Istrian peninsula, and like much of Istria, the nature is unblemished, the waters are gentle, and the climate is pleasant. Along with the rest of Croatia, Pula suffered the constant ever-changing struggle for power from the Romans to the Austrians to the French to the Austrians again, and finally, to an independent Croatia following the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Travel to Pula is marked with tours of the ancient, gorgeous views of the sea, and relaxing days on pebble beaches. Pula Istria is a remarkable place for a Croatian experience.
The name Istria originates from an ancient Illyrian tribe called Histri that dates back to the tenth century BC. The ancient Greeks settled the area, calling it Polai, the city of refuge; it is even mentioned in one of the myths about Jason and Medea as the place where Jason took shelter from the Colchis. The Romans conquered Pula Istria and built such wonders as the Pula Arena, and after their fall, several smaller empires came into power until the arrival of the Slavs.
Thereafter, it was involved and destroyed in a struggle between the Venetians and the empire, and then again between the broken alliance of Venice and Genoa. Then the arrival of the Austro-Hungarian Empire claimed the land until the collapse of that empire at which time the land was given to Italy in a peace treaty. After World War II and the fall of Yugoslavia, Pula Istria has become part of the Republic of Croatia, and tourists who travel to Pula can experience this historical phenomenon first hand.
There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities in Pula Croatia, but it is most well known for the surviving buildings from the Roman Empire. The most popular attraction is the Arena, an amphitheater from the first century, followed by the Arch of the Sergii and the Temple of Roma and Augustus. During the second century, a wall was built around Pula Istria, and today, one of the gates of the city still stands; it is called Porta Gemina, or Twin Gates. The Gate of Hercules features the bearded head of Hercules at the top of an arch. Travelers interested in the history of Croatia should consider adding a Pula holiday to their itinerary.
The city center features an excellent incorporation of these ancient buildings with today’s Pula societal structures. Several cathedrals and chapels are beautifully constructed, including the Chapel of St. Mary Formosa, the Church of St. Francis, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas; each of these structures features elegant designs and intricate artwork and details. The Archeological Museum of Istria is located near the Twin Gates, and includes riches from Pula Croatia and the surrounding areas.
Pula Istria is a city fused with various cultures; the architecture and society follow suit, and with the rich history and beautiful environment, it is no wonder people travel to Pula for the superb vacation opportunities. The city has a lovely coastal location near islands such as Krk, and it is easy to make a day trip to Opatija or Rijeka from Pula. There are also plenty of opportunities for water-related activities such as kayaking and diving.