Travelogue – Pula, Croatia
Pula is the largest city in Istria county, situated at the very south of the peninsula with a population of about 58,000. It is a Mediterranean destination with a pleasant climate and extremely indented coastline, tended beaches, pebbled coves and wild rocky shores. Pula is a magical place with hundred faces and a mysterious history.
The city is best known for its many surviving ancient Roman buildings, the most famous of which is its 1st-century amphitheatre, which is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world and locally known as the Arena. This is one of the best preserved amphitheatres from antiquity and is still in use today during summer film festivals. During the World War II Italian fascist administration, there were attempts to dismantle the arena and move it to mainland Italy, which were quickly abandoned due to the costs involved.
Two other notable and well-preserved ancient Roman structures are the 1st-century AD triumphal arch, the Arch of the Sergii and the co-eval temple of Rome and Augustus, built in the 1st century AD built on the forum during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus.
Pula is also a centre of numerous manifestations and events. The most famous one is the Film Festival taking place every year in July. This spectacular event is the country’s oldest national festival established in 1954.
Arenaturist hotels are situated in exceptional locations in the near vicinity of the sea, a few kilometers from the historical heart of the three-thousand-year-old Pula, and the tourist destination of Medulin. They offer a high level of comfort, kind staff and peaceful nature, with a rich animation programme and entertainment in abundance. Situated in a soft green landscape of fragrant Mediterranean vegetation, Arenaturist hotels are perfect oases of peace for demanding guests, families with small children, but also for business meetings, promotions and gatherings. Arenaturist resorts and campsites in Pula and Medulin, if compared to other locations along the Adriatic, are specific, first of all due to the diversity of the coast and the littoral: rocky, pebble and sand beaches are only a few hundred meters away from each other. The nature was generous here, forming perfect positions for resorts and campsites to spring, and which, apart from their position in the very heart of nature, also offer exceptional comfort and numerous sports and animation contents. The 2016 ITF Future tournament as part of the Istarska Rivijera swing was held at Arenaturist Verudela Sports Center.