Pula or in Italian pronounced as Pola, is considered as one of the most attractive towns in the coast of Croatia. This town located at the south of Rjeka used to be a city for some Italians until it was occupied by Yugoslavia in the year 1945. Two years after it was formally annexed. During 1945-1947, Italians who chose not to leave Pula were exiled. As of now, there are still Italians in Pula and more Pula locals can speak and understand Italian as well.
Being quite separated from the rest of Croatia, Pula accommodates aerial flights from neighbouring places such as Zagreb (with daily flights) and European cities like Dublin, London, Manchester, Oslo, Zurich, Edinburgh and Amsterdam. However, if you want to go to Pula coming from Italy, you can take a bus ride coming from Venice. There are only two bus schedules, 11 A.M. and 1:45 P.M. It would have a short stop first at Istria, and then the final unloading of passengers is at Pula. Tickets can be bought at the A.T.V.O. bus office located at the bus station in Venice.
Historical structures, impressive tourist spots and other priceless man-made work of arts can be seen in Pula. The famous Pula Ampitheatre or the Arena of Pula, was built by Emperor Vespasian.. It was not built as a large Roman Ampitheatre the way it is right now. Only in the 1st Century that it was expanded, almost the same time when the Colosseum in Rome is being constructed. Currently, this 6th largest elegant Roman ampitheatre, is where gatherings, concerts and other rendezvous are held.
Religion is also a big part in the history of Pula. It has over fourteen churches including places of worship for Islams and Adventists. The oldest Christian site of all is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or simply called as the Pula Katedrala. It was built on the former site of a Roman temple and the original structure was seen in the 5th and 6th centuries. The cathedral has undergone numerous revonavations. In the 10th century, the expansion of the cathedral was made in order to accommodate the growing number of congregation participants. The spectacular insides and outer construction of the said Christian site is how the refurbish of the 17th century look liked.
Foods are necessities, is abundant in restaurants that serves different dishes that would suit the preference of your taste buds. From spicy to exotic, raw or grilled foods, it has a wide variety of delicacies to choose from. In Pula alone, there are already five five-star restaurants that you can go to.
Of course, a city can never be a part of Croatia if it does not have a beach or marina to boast. Like any other parts of Croatia, Pula has countless beaches with excellent water quality and families would really enjoy the sand, water and activities that Pula beaches cater. To fully enjoy the crystal clear and crisp water, there are recreations that you can do such as diving and windsurfing.