While staying in Opatija Croatia, we took a day trip to explore Pula and Rovinj.
Pula is located at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula less than an hour drive from Opatija. Arriving in Pula, we had a guide that showed us the sights. Our first stop was the Arena.
Much smaller than the coliseum in Rome, this Arena was constructed between 27 BC and 68 AD and is one of the sixth largest surviving Roman Arenas in the world. Today it is still used for concerts.
With our admission, we had access to most of the grounds including under the Arena where there is an informative displays on both the Arena and ancient methods of olive oil production.
After finishing with the Arena we made our way into the Old Town. On the way we passed a model of the town.
As we walked our guide pointed out the buildings showing the different periods the town lived under. Notice the three unique styles of the buildings below.
The Temple of Augustus
The Arco dei Sergi
Gate of Hercules (Porta Herculanea)
After the tour we had time to walk around old town. There were plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and admire the architecture.
Our next stop was Rovinj a popular fishing and tourist resort.
The town is surrounded by the sea, with narrow cobblestone streets that climb a steep hill to reach the ancient church of St Euphemia Cathedral.
At the top of the hill we had stunning views of the sea.
Before finally reaching the church.
After looking around, we went back down the hill and bought some gelato before heading back to Opatija. We were both glad we spent the day exploring Pula and Rovinj as it was a totally different town than Opatija.