Pula (Pola) – economic ‘capital’ of Istria, and it’s largest city.
Pula was important naval port into the 20th century. Its large docks now play host to commercal sea traffic.
It is too much of a hotchpotch of architectural styles to be described as handsome, but its collection of Roman edifices and compact old town, plus its bustling atmosphere, make it a must for a day or half-day trip.
Pula was one of the most important settlements in the Roman balkans region, as witnessed by what is still the highlight of the town, the Roman Amphitheatre.