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Luxury in Pula area: Rich in ancient history

The biggest city in Istria is located near the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, at the foot of seven hills in magnificent unspoiled natural surroundings, with lovely views of the aquamarine waters of the Adriatic. Known for its mild climate and lovely sea, it also has a long tradition of fishing and winemaking, and shipbuilding. It houses the remains of many ancient Roman buildings, including the well-preserved, glorious amphitheatre. Unlike other Istrian destinations, Pula has a vibrant life apart from the tourist trade. Many centuries back, the Romans recognized the town's strategic value and made it their administrative command centre; in our day and time, tourists still realize this and make a luxury rental villa in Pula the headquarters for their summer holidays in Istria. It has become an internationally popular destination for tourists from all over the globe. The town centre is dotted with Roman ruins, amongst other the impressive Roman amphitheatre. Farms fields and the coastline keep watch over many Roman villas and temples that still lie buried under the soil and sand. Artists and architects from Michelangelo to Robert Adam studied and sketched the exceptionally well-preserved monument of the Triumphal Arch of Sergius.

Pula's historical centre of town is mainly devoted to business, government and commerce. When the locals want to enjoy themselves they head to Verudela peninsula only a few kilometres away. During the day, they relax on the beach and at night, they head to one of the restaurants or nightspots that are scattered across the peninsula. There is not a lot of activity or night life going on in the town centre unless there is an event at the amphitheatre. The ideal time to relax in your private rental chalet. Pula became known as one of the earliest sites of human presence. In its vicinity, in the cave called ‘andalja’, human remains that date back to one million years B.C. were found. It is possible to track dinosaur footprints on the nearby seashores and more valuable discoveries have been made at an undisclosed location near Bale. In the centre of town is the Roman Forum containing the Temple of Augustus. The Twin Gates are of the few remaining gates after the city walls were pulled down at the beginning of the 19th century. The city's old quarter of narrow streets, lined with Medieval and Renaissance buildings, are still covered with ancient Roman paving stones. The Church of St. Francis dates from the end of the 13th century.

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  • Touring

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There is a lot to see and do in Pula. Visit the Archaeological museum and the church of St. Francis. The Aquarium Pula is the biggest aquarium in Croatia, located in the Austro-Hungarian fortress Verudela. If beach fever grabs you, head out to Verudela peninsula 2km south of the town centre where you will find many rocky beaches. Pula beaches go in and out of fashion but Valkana Beach, Hawaii Beach, Kolumbarica Beach and sandy Debeljak Beach are usually the most popular with the locals. Try to catch an open-air performance there in the busy summer season.

The waters of Istria have a lot to interest scuba divers. Pula based Orca Diving offers a wealth of diving possibilities, including wreck diving to ancient Roman galleys and World War I warships, boat diving, cliff diving, and sailing to unspoiled coves and islands large and small. Other sports to partake in are volleyball, handball, basketball, football, swimming, rowing, tennis and judo. Pula is also the end point of the Euro Velo 9 cycle route that runs from Gda?sk to Croatia.

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