Welcome to Istria

Welcome to the 3000 years of history!

Istria is a peninsula located in the north-east part of the Adratic sea. Very convenient location enabled Istra to emphasise as an important link between the Mediterranean and the middle European area.
Main attractive factor of Istria is it´s natural beauty and the diversity of animal and plant species as well as the mild mediterranean climate.

Pula is the biggest city in Istria, located in the south of peninsula in a well protected bay.
As the rest of the region Pula is famous for it´s mild climate and intact nature. Rich Austro-Hungarian and Roman history left a significant mark on the contemporary city visure.

Sights

Arena Pula

Pula Arena is the most famous and most important monument in Pula. It is considered to be a city simbol as well as the starting and ending point of every sightseeing tour. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome. It was used as a gathering place for the crowds and the place where gladiator fights took place. Nowdays it hosts exhibitions, concerts, famous Pula Film Festival and a manifestation Spectacvla Antiqva.

Lighting Giants

Lighting giants are Pula’s latest attraction, a stunning lighting display at the city’s Uljanik shipyard, one of the world’s oldest working shipyards. Renowned lighting designer Dean Skira has lit up the shipyard’s iconic cranes in 16,000 different colour schemes, which come alive four times every evening on the hour.

National Park Brijuni

The Brijuni island group lies off the southwest coast of Istria in the vicinity of Pula. As the only National Park in Istria, Brijuni with its 14 islands covering an area of 736 square hectares presents a unique play of nature that brings together remarkable animal species and rare and rich flora all at one place. It ranks as one of the loveliest archipelagos in the Mediterranean. Brijuni are established as a National Park since 1983.

Significant landscape Cape Kamenjak

For seclusion, head out to the wild Rt Kamenjak on the Premantura Peninsula, 10km south of Pula. Istria’s southernmost point, this gorgeous, entirely uninhabited cape has lovely rolling hills, wild flowers (including 30 species of orchid), low Mediterranean shrubs, fruit trees and medicinal herbs, and around 30km of virgin beaches and coves.

Events

Festival Visualia

Festival Visualia is a lights and audiovisual arts festival. Through inovative and creative solutions, the festival unites centuries of history with modern, contemporary arts. During these three days, visitors are enabled to enjoy unique performances that´ll leave them breathless.

Pula Superiorvm

Pula Superiorvm is a festival of antique. It consists of music and stage performances, educational and gastronomical experience. Throughout the festival, visitors can ˝feel˝ the history; observe antique skills and rituals, try traditional recepies and enjoy the gladiator fights.

Pula Film Festival

Pula Film Festival is the oldest festival of this kind in Croatia. It is an international festival that displays domestic and international movies in several locations in the old city center. Two most interesting are the Pula Arena and the Kastel.

South on two Wheels

The South Istria tourist boards (Pula, Vodnjan, Medulin, Fažana, Ližnjan, Marčana and Barban) are organising 6 cycling tours with the aim of popularising cycling and presenting bike trails in the south of Istria. The tours are suitable for participants of all ages. We invite entire families to join us. Individual routes are between 20 and 25 km long and are not technically demanding.

Croatia Bike Week

This meeting of international character gathers visitors from all over Europe and further. It is intended for motorcycle fans, but also for everyone else who enjoy good, quality entertainment. Camping and entrance is free of charge for each person who comes on a motorcycle.

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