Arena is the most famous symbol of Pula and also one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. It is a unique building with which starts and ends every tour of Pula.
In the middle of the building there is battleground where gladiators were fighting in the past.
The battle was prepared on the underground floor and today there is an interesting exhibition "Olive growing and viticulture of Istria in ancient times", where you can get acquainted with mills, amphorae, precipitation pots and other machines and objects that were once used in agriculture.
And if you do not decide to visit the Arena as a tourist, many events and concerts are organized here so you will probably sooner or later visit this pearl of Pula.
During the summer months, there are held gladiatorial battles every week as part of the antique historical-entertainment event "Spectacvla Antiqva."
The Arena also hosts various other summer events such as the Film Festival, the Horse Festival and the Opera Season.
Pula is one of the most attractive Croatian towns. Located in the southwest part of the Istria peninsula, it is the biggest town of Istria County. It is also the administrative centre of Istria since Roman times. Its development began in the fifth century B.C. At the beginning of the new era, precious monuments of culture were made, such as Arena, Golden Gate and the Temple of Augustus. The amphitheatre Arena, one of the best known cultural monuments of Croatia, was initially intended to accommodate gladiator fights, in the in the Middle Age it served for tournaments of knights and today it is the setting of various cultural and entertainment events, of which the most famous is Pula Film Festival.
Besides sightseeing cultural monuments, there is a rich offer of other things too. Diving is recommended, since the sea in Pula is rather attractive and abundant with underwater tunnels and caves. Wrecked ship Baron Gautsch is one of the most interesting attractions, which is added to the world’s 50 most beautiful diving spots. In addition to diving, windsurfing is popular in Pula as well. There are diving and windsurfing schools available. One can also enjoy in cycling, and Pula is a great centre where cycling enthusiast can find all information on attractive lanes and any other necessary details.
It is common perception that it is impossible to come to Pula on a day when there is nothing to see – if there is no festival, there are concerts or exhibitions, with a well-organized night life. Number of inhabitants: 58594 Climate: mild Mediterranean Average summer temperature: 26° C Average winter temperature: 13-15° C