Great history, mild climate, smooth sea, unspoiled nature, dream beaches, friendly locals, smiling people, amazing food and…best teeth on hearth!
Welcome to Croatia!
I spent only two days in Pula,
but, believe me , I ‘ll go back!. Pula is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula and offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three thousand year old history, where every step you take through the Old Town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheatre. The city has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism.
. Pula’s amphitheater was built around the end of the first century before Christ. It was August with a very hot weather. That s why my lovely guide Rossana met me there early in the morning , immediately after they open the gate. I suggest you to do the same. Rossana told me a quite cute legend about a raw linen made tent (they called it velarium) that used to be opened up to protect from the sun and give some shade to the audience while watching the show, or function as a bug umbrella in case of rain.
Actually the morning is he best time to come to the arena as well the sunset time.
Often the Arena hosts operas, concerts and performances. The acoustic is amazing: Tenors Giorgio Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Beniamino Gigli said the this place was one of the most suitable for their voice and for the public. In the Arena have been performing great music legends such as Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Sting, Simply Red
, Robert Plant, Status Quo, Massive Attack,
just to mention few. Every summer, Pula host a superb Film Festival
in the Arena,
. Pula was also the residence of many Italian celebrities, from Italian singer Sergio Endrigo
, to Italian actress Alida Valli
who was celebrated as one of the most beautiful woman in the he world.
The legacy of Alida Valli keeps the tradition. Beauty, charme, and those beautiful legs, so famous all over the world, make the local girls into dreamgirls !
Writer James Joyce
choose Pula as his residency for several years. After a full day of historical sightseeing you will find many coffee shops on the street Forum including Café Uliks
is a must for any fans of James Joyce, the Irish author who worked in Pula as a teacher in the early 20th century.
Wines and food
Wines top quality wines including Malvasia (one of my favorites) the most famous Istrian wines produced from indigenous white grapes. and Teran, a rich red wine, intensely purple colored, able to compet with the Italian ones but less expensive.
A big time specialty is the zgvacet ragout. It is a sauce of diced chunks of chicken meat.
In Pula, just as in most towns of Istria, be sure to taste seafood specialties, of which dishes rospi
(monkfish), sea bass or delicious buzara Kvarner s
campi only a small number of delicacies on offer. In Pula you should try and shells, thanks to the clear waters are a special flavor mussels, scallops or kanaštrele
excellent fish stew, and definitely should try the black risotto with cuttlefish. Lovers of oily fish to taste anchovies to savor. This dish is eaten cold and fried sardines topped with sauce, oil, onion, vinegar and spices.In Pula you should try and maneštras
traditional thick soup whose main ingredients are potatoes and beans with added mixture of bacon and garlic.
Many Pula’s restaurants carry the highlight of gastronomy: the white truffles. Try them with fusi
or gnocchi with truffles or shaved over meat or cheese. But the real combo, the Romeo and Juliet of the choiche should be truffles and eggs!
Bars, shops, market and flea markets
Have fun, look around, bargain!
Dental tourism, is hot in Croatia, organized groups come here and put their teeth in place with low-budget, cheaper prices, excellent quality, good materials and expert dentist.
How to contact them who contact them? Or you can see on the websites or call the local tourist agency that will give you advice on the best places or to be so lucky to have a friend who has already been here already.
Croatia has its own currency: the kuna.
Don’t change your money in the street, you may get useless Balcanian or Bulgarian money…
Go into a bank and change there!
Where to stay
I stayed at Amfiteatar Hotel
, located in the heart of the Pula city, hotel Amphitheater is at a 2 minutes walking distance to the Arena and 5 minutes walking distance to the city cathedral, with the harbor also in the close vicinity. Beach and the airport are only 10 minutes away by car. Very close to the arena and within a short walking distance to all the other attractions in the old town.
I had dinner in the outdoor restaurant, Owner Chef and culinary star Deniz Zembo prepared delicious local dishes with a twist. I loved the grilled octopuss and delicious cake.