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Pula

With rich Roman architecture, the seafront city of Pula sits at the very tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, with breath-taking views out onto the Adriatic Sea. With a pleasant and warm climate and un-spoilt natural beauty, explore the Pula’s massive Italian influence that extends to local cuisine, design and culture. Fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Pula with easyJet.

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Pula has an average temperature of 24°C, making it a beautiful sunny European destination to visit throughout the year. The coldest month is January, when temperatures can drop to 5°C, with the wettest month being October. As the largest city in Istria, Croatia, this bustling tourist city boasts incredible views out across the Adriatic Sea and unspoiled landscape. Istria was part of the Italian Empire up until 1947 and the strong Italian influence still remains a huge part of culture, cuisine and everyday life. Home to the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy, take a step back in time and immerse yourself in Italian architecture and history.

The Arena in Istria is a must see for any tourist visiting Pula. Constructed between 27BC and 68AD, the amphitheatre remains standing and is well preserved. Despite it being an ancient ruin, The Arena is still used today, but rather than a place where gladiators fought to a bloody end, it is now used as an outdoor cinema or concert hall. Another iconic landmark in Pula is the Temple of Augustus, which was bombed during the Second World War and painstakingly rebuilt. The ancient Roman temple is dedicated to the Roman emperor Augustus.

In Pula you’ll find an array of Italian inspired dishes such as pasta, pizza and, of course, gelato. As a major fishing port, you can also enjoy fresh seafood such as mussels and oysters. Istria is world-famous for black and white truffles and the intense flavour of truffles can be found in plenty of local dishes such as risotto, pasta and even sprinkled on side salads. Asparagus and herbs can be foraged in this region of Croatia and locals also enjoy making homemade sparkling wine as a pastime. By understanding and appreciating local ingredients, food is renowned for being full flavoured and delicious in Pula, so if you enjoy dining out, Pula is waiting.

World Class Festivals

Croatia is becoming a European hub for music festivals. With a busy calendar, tourists of all ages flock to Pula and neighbouring towns to experience world class music festivals and concerts. The sun-kissed coastline of Istria comes alive in the summer months, with international line-ups and boat parties across the Adriatic Sea. With over 25 festivals taking place in Croatia throughout the summer, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Pair some sunbathing on the many beaches of Pula, with electronic dance music and gelato and you’ve got yourself an impressive summer escape. Events such as Dimensions Festival, which is held annually in an abandoned fort called Forte Punta Christo, have an intimate feel and welcoming atmosphere. Expect an unforgettable experience, thanks to their world-class sound system and international line-up.

You can expect that something will be happening at the amphitheatre no matter when you visit Pula. As its capacity reaches 22,000 people, it is the venue of choice for most festivals, concerts and gigs in Croatia and has previously been the stage for artists such as Sting, Elton John, Tom Jones and Sinéad O'Connor.

Fly from Liverpool to Pula with easyJet from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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