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Flight Time Deauville-Pula/Dubrovnik : 01h45

Capital: Zagreb
Language: Croatian (South Slavic language)
Currency: The Euro = 7.35240 Kuna 1 Kuna
Time difference: No time difference

Things to see and do

Croatia is truly an "on trend" destination. The attraction it exerts on tourists from around the world can be explained by its exceptional climate and beautiful coastline. But beyond the postcard cliché, Croatia is a fascinating country in many ways.

Croatian people and landscapes

We must admit that first and foremost Croatia means incredible scenery. Although the Dalmatian coast and islands leave a lasting impression, Croatian landscapes are far more than this. There are also beautiful mountains, majestic forests and green fields. Well aware of this major asset, Croatia has established eight national parks. The one that includes the Plitvice Lakes, near Zadar, is certainly the most amazing and most beautiful.

Croats have their own identity. They differ from their Balkan neighbours in their approach to life, which is decidedly Western. Their culture, tinged with Mediterranean exuberance and the warmth of Central Europe is really exciting. When you travel in Croatia, you will discover a welcoming and festive people. Cities such as Pula and Dubrovnik will seduce you with their rich history. Croatian museums ensure that these precious archaeological remains are preserved.

City of Arts

These historical wonders are complemented by an artistic tradition deeply rooted in the heart of the Croats. During the Renaissance, the country counted one of the greatest religious art schools. Later, Croatia was the birthplace of Ivan Mestrovic (1883-1962), a famous sculptor of the twentieth century. Today, the life of the country, especially in Zagreb, is marked by cultural events of international renown. Tributes to animation, jazz and folklore are a few examples of the great artistic development of Croatia.


What to see in Pula

The forum is the oldest square in the city, it was also the main square of Roman times. You'll find tourist office so this is the perfect place to start the tour. It is lined with important monuments including the Temple of Augustus dedicated to the first Roman emperor and established his reign. It is a magnificent temple at the time that welcomed the statue of the emperor, today there exposes legacy sculptures from Roman times.

At side is the Town Hall, very beautiful 13th century palace. Gothic and renaissance features. It was built on two Roman temples, for realizing done around the building, you will see the foundations at the back of it.

Then take Sergius street, very busy shopping street that takes you up to the arc of Sergi, triumphal arch of 1 s. Sergius dedicated to the three brothers of a noble family and was not an emperor, as is usually the case.

The door of Hercules 1 s. BC., It has a carved head which represents the famous Greek hero.

The double door 1 sec., It was crossed by two paths that led to the amphitheater and then continued till Rijeka.

Nearby is the small Roman theater that has retained three rows step and part of the scene.

Who says small theater told that there was also a large theater, unfortunately it was destroyed because it used its stones to build the Venetian fortress (called Kaštel). It was designed in the 17th century. by a French engineer, Antoine Deville when the city belonged to Venice, he was chosen thanks to its reputation since it was of the most famous architects of the time.

You can finish your tour with the most beautiful monument of the city, the Roman amphitheater (1st c.), Which the locals call the Pula Arena (Arena).

This is the 6th largest amphitheater in the world, it could accommodate up to 25,000 spectators who came to watch gladiator fights. It is divided into 3 main parts: the stands reserved for spectators, the arena, and as land reserved for gladiators and wild animals.

The gladiator fights were banned in the 5th c., As well as those of animals in the 7th century. It was from that moment that began to dismantle it to use its blocks of stone for other buildings. However, he escaped the worst since Venice envisioned a time to transport to the city of Venice (we did or exactly as it is rather difficult to imagine what a place it could have been rebuilt). He was saved thanks to a Venetian senator Gabriele Emo who in 1583 opposed to it is moved, in sign of gratitude the people rested on the amphitheater a plaque honoring Senator. Today there occurs primarily of the operas, and concerts.

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