Pula is a Croatian city on the northern Adriatic, located close to the southern end of the Istria peninsula. It's a small city of 57000 inhabitants, but attracts a large number of tourists due to its rich history and attractive surroundings on the Adriatic sea.
The city has been inhabited since ancient times. It was conquered by the Romans in 177 BC, who developed it to a significant Roman port. Over the centuries the city was ruled by a number of powers. Between 1813 and 1918 Pula was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and became the main naval base of the empire. Many Neoclassical buildings of Pula's historical core date back to the Austro-Hungarian period.
After World War War I Pula became part of the Kingdom of Italy and after World War II it was annexed by Yugoslavia. Since 1991 Pula has been part of Croatia.
The historic centre of Pula extends for about 500m from north to south and is centered around the Citadel from which there are good views over the harbour. The touristic highlight of Pula is the Roman amphitheatre. This is a very well preserved arena which was constructed between 27BC and 68 AD. It is built entirely out of local limestone and is nowadays used as a venue for concerts with seating for up to 20000 people.
The coast to the south and north of Pula consists of a multitude of bays and peninsulas with many beaches and nature areas. This area has plenty of tourist Accommodation (hotels, apartments) and is used for recreation, trekking and sports.
How to get to Pula
Pula has an international airport with flights to Zagreb and several European cities. It is also accessible by train and by hydrofoil from several Croatian cities and Venice. By car it takes 6-7 hours to cover the 621km between Pula and Munich, while from Milan it's a 5:40 hours drive (539km). Pula also has a modern bus station located immediately north of the old town with direct bus connections to Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Trieste, Ljubljana, Belgrade and Venice.
There are countless hotels in Pula. These are mainly clustered round the old town and along the coastal area to the south of Pula. Most rooms are in apartments which can be rented.
01 Outisde wall with arches 02 Roman amphitheatre 03 Pula arena
04 Outisde wall with arches 05 Outisde wall with arches 06 Arched walls 07 Arches 08 Pula arena
09 Interior of Pula arena 10 Roman amphitheatre
11 Interior of Pula arena 12 Pula arena 13 Pula arena 14 Arena interior with Arched wall
15 Concentric rows of seats 16 Rows of seats 17 Rows of seats 18 Rows of seats
19 Roman amphitheatre 20 St Anthony church 21 Arched walls 22 Arched walls
23 Tourists in Pula arena 24 Passage below arched wall 01 Sex shop 02 Flanaticka pedestrian area 03 Market building
04 Building facade 05 Trees 06 Restaurant on Flanaticka street 07 Flanaticka pedestrian area 08 Flanaticka pedestrian area 09 Arch of Sergii
10 Franjo Glavinic staircase 11 St Francis monastery 12 St Francis monastery 13 St Francis monastery inner court 14 St Francis church interior 15 St Francis church interior
16 St Francis church 17 Altar in St Francis church 18 St Francis monastery 19 St Francis clock tower
20 Pula fortress 21 Harbour
22 Pula panoramic view 23 Pula panoramic view
24 Bay and harbour 25 Cat
26 Pula fortress inner court
27 Pula City Mall 28 Pula City Mall
29 Pula City Mall
30 Pula City Mall 31 Pula City Mall interior 32 Pula City Mall interior 33 Interspar
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