Things to Do in Istria
Built under the reign of Emperor Vespasian between 27 BC and AD 67—around the same time as Rome’s Colosseum—Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre) is one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. Today, it’s the best-preserved ancient monument in Croatia and is still used as a performance venue that accommodates up to 20,000 spectators.
Tunneling to depths of 433 feet (132 meters), the Jama-Grotta Baredine is one of Istria’s most impressive natural wonders. While most visitors come to admire the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is also famous for a subterranean lake filled with cave olm, fish-like that are creatures endemic to the region.
Located in the heart of western Croatia, the 2,000-year-old coastal town of Porec contains a historic Old Town. Lined with shops, cafés, and other attractions, the district is a pleasant stage from which to explore the Istrian Peninsula’s history. The Old Town’s original architecture is well maintained, and historical monuments dot the town.