Sep 21

PULA, THE REVEALED SECRET OF CROATIA

Turquoise bays, stunning beaches and towns that seemed detached from the stories: Croatia has earned the reputation of being one of the most enchanting places in Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Croatia is no longer the best kept touristic secret of Europe, since the influx of tourists in search of low prices and uncharted territories. Yet you will find something perfect for your stay in Croatia. Below there are some valuable information about the wonderful historic town of Pula.

Located east of Italy in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia adopted several architecture and cuisine from its neighbors after the Istrian peninsula was conquered by the Romans in the year 177 B.C. Nowadays, Pula still retains many monuments dating from the Roman Empire, as a tribute to the history of the Romans whose writing contributed greatly. Pula became a part of Croatia during the war, when residents fled Italy back in their homeland, leaving the locals build the city by themselves.

Things to visit in Pula

If you think about it, do not go on vacation to stay in a hotel room, so explore and discover what Pula has to offer. There are a lot more to do and see than you expect, that will keep the family occupied during the entire length of the stay. Besides admire the Roman architecture that you encounter everywhere, you can do a lot of activities: visits to museums, sunbathing on the beach, racing kart that you can participate with friends and family, observing the marine life at the aquarium.

No trip to Pula would be complete without a visit to the Roman amphitheater, where gladiators fights used to unfold once, and even up to our contemporary days, the amphitheater is still working as a stage, hosting concerts of the biggest names, such as Pavarotti, Jose Carrerras, Elton John, Sting and Jamiroquai.  The Arena in Pula is the sixth largest of the remaining Roman Empire and the only one with all four side towers intact, along with three series of Roman architectural series that rule proudly inside the amphitheater.

Food and drink

If you want to try the local cuisine, among the recommended restaurants there are Galeb, Milan 1967 and Valsabbion, where many of the dishes are inspired from Italian cuisine. But there are also Croatian, Austrian and Hungarian influences. Seafood is not missing from the menu, with fish and shellfish species, a very popular choice among locals. If you want to try a traditional Croatian dish, then you can order the traditional dish named buzara with Kvarner shrimp.

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May 20

A JOURNEY ON THE COAST OF DALMATIA

Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in today’s Croatia, bordered by the Rab Isle in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor to the southeast.

There is so much to say beautiful Croatia. It is a Mediterranean country, but different from Greece, or Italy, especially in terms of abundant vegetation, rocky beaches and a rather western air.

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If you want to be introduced to the luxurious Dalmatian Coast, first stop should be Zadar. Until recently, it used to be a very little known resort in Croatia, but things are beginning to change; here you can find accommodation on the spot without any problems and at very reasonable prices; locals are so friendly and eager to offer you shelter. Zadar features an Old Center with a cozy and friendly air, with streets paved in white stone, inviting you to stroll around. There are plenty of restaurants, terraces and cafes all over town and the prices are very inviting.

The Dalmatian beaches, just like in most part of Croatia, are rocky and have pebbles instead of sand, that is why water sneakers are recommended for two reasons: you can damage your feet against some sharp rock that you might encounter on the bottom of the sea, and you will avoid stepping on any sea urchins and deal with other subsequent inconveniences.

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Close to Zadar there is a fishing village called Nin. Today it is a tourist destination that will charm you with its picturesque charm. Nothing of the atmosphere in Nin will leave you the impression that you have to do with a popular and crowded resort, there’s no feeling of “aggressive tourism”, but rather a remote place where you can enjoy nature and local tradition in a quiet way, without feeling annoyed by noisy crowds.

The little fortress inside Nin is to be seen primarily. At the entrance to the fortress you will be welcomed by a traditional Croatian boat. The ruins of the ancient citadel dating from the second century Roman are still standing.

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Also in Nin there is the smallest cathedral in the world – the Church of the Holly Cross, one of the best-known symbols of the town. This cathedral was listed as being the tiniest in the world and was built in the 9th century, in the Early Christian period. It is 7.80 m long, 7.60 m wide, and 8.20 meters in height (inside measures) and the walls are 57cm thick and does not contain the chair of the Bishop.

Immediately outside the village there is a sandy beach, one of the few sandy beaches in Croatia. The more interesting part is that, in order to reach it, you have to walk about 300 meters on an isthmus covered in very warm water (heated from the sun), not deeper than 30-40 cm. The beach is a spit of sand, and all around is shallow and tepid-warm water.

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From Dalmatia to Istria. In Istria, as in the rest of Croatia, all cities have names with Italian resonance and there are many Italians who live or have homes there. It is understandable, since Italy is on the other side of the bay.

Rovinj is the most beautiful in the area. It is full of greenery and the whole cliff to the Mediterranean is a pristine natural park and no building in about 10-12 kilometers. So you can bathe in the Mediterranean and get yourself a chair between the trees in the shade. Here and there are portions of walls where you can enjoy some rock climbing. You can also travel from one town to the other preferably by walking or renting bicycles.

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Old Rovinj is built on steps that lead to “Holy Eufemia” Cathedral  uptown, and therefore this settlement had gained domination over the surroundings and all streets in the old city reach “Holy Eufemia”.

From here in Rovinj, you can reach Venice within an hour on a motor boat.

Porec is another popular resort. Again, you will notice a considerable Italians presence by the yachts displayed in the port. Porec is a lovely site with while cobblestone streets that get crowded during nighttime when tourists begin their evening walk downtown and enjoying the local cuisine at restaurants nearby. The landmark is a beautiful old monastery that you can visit and if you get on top of its high tower, you’ll be granted with stunning view upon the area.

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Buzet is a city in the center of Istria region, located between Dalmatian hills. The main attraction is a small town perched up on a hill. At the foot of the hill, there is the New Town that preserves the same picturesque feeling of the region.

There are plenty more to see here, but if you can’t manage to fill everything in, you are always welcomed back.