The ancient regional capital on the Istrian peninsula has a flourishing life other than just tourism as it has an important shipbuilding centre, an industry that dates back to the days when it was an important naval port under the Austro-Hungarian empire.
The town centre is dotted with interesting Roman ruins and monuments, historic buildings, temples, antique markets and galleries. The streets host souvenir shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and streams of people can be seen wandering around from morning until late.
The Arena in Pula is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved and is among the six largest surviving Roman Arenas in the World. A rare example among the 200 Roman surviving amphitheatres, it is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia.
Pula amphitheatre has been host to many concerts such as ‘Il Divo’, Tom Jones, Sting, Leonard Cohen, Elton John and Joe Cocker. Status Quo (July 29), Robert Plant (July 30), and Massive Attack (August 24) concerts are confirmed for this year and rumour has it that Jose Carreras (July 23), Kraftwerk and Mumford & Sons could also be added to the list for the summer of 2016.
With some 2,350 hours of sunshine a year, head to the beach, Verudela peninsula, 2km south of the town centre or Valkana, Kolumarica and Hawaii beaches together with the sandy Debeljak beach which is most popular with locals. You will also find lots to keep the children entertained here, with the water sports, an aquarium, go-karting track and museums amongst many other activities.