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Pula

Three thousand years of history, Mediterranean climate and high temperature throughout the year are main reasons to visit Pula – the largest city in the Istria County.
Pula is known as a city which lies on seven hills: Kastel, Zaro, Arena, Sv. Martin, Opatija sv. Mihovila, Mondipola and Pra Grande. Since ancient Roman times Pula has been an administrative centre of Istria. Many great architectural monuments from Roman period remained until our times.The greatest site is the Arena, the only Roman amphitheatre almost entirely preserved. Some of the other most notable monuments are: the triumphal Arch of the Sergii, the temple of Augustus and Roma and the Hercules Gate with a Hercules head on the top. In the city center you can see Augustan Forum, once surrounded by temples of Minerva, Juno and Jupiter.
Pula is a perfect place for lovers of culture and Roman architecture, but also for deep-blue Adriatic views, sunny weather and charming countryside.

Opatija

Known as Pearl of the Adriatic, Opatija is one of the most beautiful and popular cities in Istria peninsula.There is a lot of advantages that are responsible for calling Opatija Pearl of the Adriatic: old monuments, history and micro-climate are only some of them.
Even in the 18th century, Opatija was already known as a seaside resort. It was a popular city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and next, in 1920 when it belonged to Italy, Italian government started the italization of the Opatija population. But 20 years later it was given to Yugoslavia, which caused the emigration of most of Italian-speaking people.
The most famous monument is the remains of the 14th century Benidictine Abbey of Saint James. It was a reason to give the name Opatija to the city because in Croatian it means ‚abbey’. One of the popular sites in Opatija is a hotel called Villa Angiolina,built in 1844. It is surrounded by many exotic trees, which friends of Iginio Scarpa (villa’s owner) brought to him from all over the wold.
The main symbol of Opatija is a statue of Maiden with the seagul created by Zvonko Car. In the city, tourists can find many other interesting statues, for example statue of Madonna situated in front of Saint James’s Church or The Fountain – Helios and Selena in the park close to the Villa Angiolina.
Tourists can go for a walk along the entire Riviera, using 12 kilometer-long promenade called the Lungomare. It starts in Volosko, continues in Opatija and ends in Lovran.
Opatija is a peaceful place, often chosen by musicians, novelist, composers and other artists.
People come back to Opatija – not only for breathing clean air, but also for beautiful views, elegant buildings and great atmosphere.