Pula, Medulin and Fažana

Pula, Medulin and Fažana

Like Rome, Pula, the largest city in Istria, was built on seven hills and also has an amphitheatre. The Pula Arena is the sixth largest ancient amphitheatre in the world, and amongst the best-preserved. It is Croatia’s largest single ancient monument. It is also well-known as ‘Divić-grad’ or the town built by fairies, according to some legends. Besides numerous Roman monuments, Pula also has an Austro-Hungarian architectural legacy. The city is the cultural, economic, academic and political centre of Istria county and offers tourism activities throughout the year. James Joyce, the famous writer, stayed in Pula in the early 20th century and today many writers still visit the city during the well-known book fair. Film-makers take part in the long-standing Pula Film Festival, which takes place in the Vespasian Arena in the summer. According to the British Guardian newspaper, it is the largest and the most spectacular outdoor festival in Europe. There are many campsites in Pula and its surroundings.

 

Ten kilometres away in the town of Fažana you can enjoy views of the Brijuni National Park, an archipelago which turns into a theatre-stage in the summer, thanks to performances given by the Ulysses Theatre Company.

 

Further south of Pula, in the Medulin municipality region and its riviera, there is a two kilometre-long sandy beach and the Cape Kamenjak Nature Park.