Pula is the largest city on the Istrian peninsula, located at the southern tip, in the north-west of Croatia. Beaches, trendy seaside resorts or intimate little villages perched up high, green bicycle touring, wine routes, all types of tourism are possible in Istria, definitely the most diverse area in terms of tourism opportunities: a destination for families, divers, cyclists, walkers, history enthusiasts or travellers in search of adventure. Among the many interesting places to visit in the region, there is Porec (with its 6th century Byzantine basilica which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site), Rovinj (known as the most romantic place on the Adriatic coast) and Labin (a town located at the summit of a hill, with medieval streets that become the setting for a variety of artistic shows in the summer).
The Roman amphitheatre in Pula is the most important monument, and the inevitable starting point for every tour. It was used for gladiatorial combat and arena games. Today, it is used for various events: Pula open air Film Festival, internationally-renowned concerts, operas, ballets, sporting events… and it can host around 5,000 spectators. Every week in summer, gladiatorial combat called “Spectacvla Antiqva” takes place in the arena.
BRIJUNI NATIONAL PARK
The unspoilt beauty of the beautiful Adriatic islands: the Brijuni archipelago consists of 14 islands. Do not miss a four-hour excursion that starts with a one-hour trip along the coast in a little train (because there are no cars on the island), followed by a safari photo, a visit to Saint Germain church and finally a tour of an archaeology museum. You can get around on foot or by bike. Within the zoo, exotic plants and animals that belonged to Josip Broz Tito have become part of a hybrid collection of natural history. Today, the Brijuni islands are home to 700 species of plants, typical of the Mediterranean, and golf courses.
Istria is the primary region in Croatia that has long been visited by a particular type of tourist, for whom gastronomy is the most important aspect of their trip. What makes Istrian gastronomy unique in the world is the fresh black and white truffles throughout the year! What’s more, this year Istria appears in the Flos Olei guide in the category for the best olive oil in the world, for the fifth consecutive time.