Air Serbia » Er Srbija | 21 Pula is the largest city in Istria, while it differs completely from any other place you’ll encounter along this Peninsula. With a long shipbuilding and maritime tradition, it has always had more of an industrial, urban atmosphere than the tourist vibe and dolce vita style common to other Istrian towns. With a mishmash of styles comprising Roman, Venetian, Austro-Hungarian and socialist architecture, this coastal city has plenty to offer… Pula is located at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula and has some of the best beaches in the region. The city also boasts a wealth of historical sites, including exquisite examples of Roman architecture, while its central market, constructed in late 19th century, is a beautiful example of Vienna Secession architecture. Ne propustite Brione, jedan od najlepših nacionalnih parkova u Hrvatskoj sa safarijem Don’t miss out on the Brijuni National Park, which is one of the most beautiful in Croatia and has its own safari park From its Roman amphitheatre and small theatre, Temple of Augustus and Arch of the Sergii, to Venetian palaces and many civil and military buildings constructed during Austro-Hungarian rule, Pula’s history is showcased in numerous monuments that can be seen throughout the city. The coastal area in and around Pula hides some truly wonderful beaches. Whether you like pebble beaches within tourist resorts that also come with plenty of amenities, wild beaches or sandy beaches that are a rarity in Croatia, Pula has you covered. There are many things to do during your Pula holidays, and lazing on the beach with a cocktail in hand isn't the only one. DON’T MISS 1. Constructed in the 1st century AD, Pula’s Arena once hosted gladiator contests. A unique feature of this arena compared to other amphitheatres is that it has four rectangular towers. In its heyday it had four floors and could accommodate more than 20,000 spectators. 2. First opened in 1903, the Pula green market consists of two parts: a closed part where you’ll find a fish market, butchers, bars and the like; and an open market where you’ll find stalls offering fruits and vegetables. The beautiful market building, which is made of steel and glass, was completely renovated in 1997. 3. The unique Cvajner café bar is located in Pula’s main square – Forum. The stunning interior boasts retro furniture and interesting art mounted on the walls. The exterior terrace is a perfect spot to enjoy Pula’s past and present, taking in views of the Temple of Augustus and watching the world pass by. 4. Located in a former military fortress on the Verudela Peninsula dating back to 1886, the Pula aquarium has over 100 tanks containing over 250 species of fish. The Pula aquarium also houses a sea turtle rescue centre. 5. Located in the western part of the city, the Pula Forum has been the central square since Roman times. Constructed in the 1st century BC, it had all elements of a typical Roman Forum: temples dedicated to Roman gods – in Pula's case Jupiter, Juno and Minerva – but also a temple dedicated to Roman emperor Augustus and the Temple of Diana. Pula’s Temple of Augustus is one of only five that remain fully preserved. FOTO: iStock / Supersizer FOTO: iStock / Xbrchx Joy for lovers of culture