PulaThe largest town on the Istrian peninsula offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three thousand year old history, where every step you take through the old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheatre.
A great tourist asset is surely 190 kilometres of indented coastline, crystal-clear sea and beaches to suit everyone’s needs: smooth and even stone surfaces or pebbles for all generations, especially families with children or “secluded” beaches hidden by untouched greenery for those who want a bit of privacy.
While strolling through Pula-Pola you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, Arena and Small Roman Theatre in the town centre.
A unique experience will be moments of relaxation in the main town square, which has managed to retain its role as the meeting place since the Augustan Age.
IstriaOne special land, in the shape of a peninsula, lies there where the nearest southern regions begin, the closest to northern Europe. Rough arid harsh, full of hard stone in the interior, but also full of sunshine and warmth, green and charming on its western edges around which the blue sea washes that is Istria.
Istria is an unique ancient land, the biggest peninsula in the Croatian area of the Adriatic Sea. Its name is derived from the Illyrian tribe Histri, who were the first known inhabitants living in this part of the North Adriatic before Roman occupation. Its steep rocky shores are lapped by the sea of the Kvarner Bay on the eastern side, and of the Trieste Bay on the western side. This attractive Mediterranean region represents the harmony between the difference of two parts, two ambiences, two ways of life, two tourist attractions.
These areas are: the coast, where a valuable antique heritage has been preserved enriching holidays and recreational possibilities, and the interior with its medieval inheritance and numerous excursion points. Istria, being the most developed destination in Croatia, can cater for more than three hundred thousand tourists daily, which is more than the number of permanent residents.
Accommodation is comfortable, sports and recreation facilities varied, service is of a high quality, culinary specialities are wellknown everything is adapted to the various requirements and possibilities of local and foreign visitors. Istria is one of 22 Croatian counties with its seat in Pazin. The county consists of nine towns (Buje, Buzet, Labin, Novigrad, Pazin, Porec, Rovinj and Umag) and 29 communities being the local authorities of administration and selfgovernment.
This is an area of natural beauty developed owing to the specific social needs, changing during the centuries and adapting to political, economic, social and geographical requirements.