Pula is one of the largest cities on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. I was pleasantly surprised by the fast amount of Roman ruins and landmarks that I found during my stroll through the city. Pula has been known for its shipping industry and served as a Roman military outpost. The Roman arena has been preserved through the centuries and spectacular find in the heart of the city.
The first stop on my Croatian boat trip was the island of Krk. It’s Croatia’s biggest island off the main land and connected by a toll bridge. The old parts of Krk town are easy to explore on foot and full of narrow alleyways leading to small restaurants, konobas (a Croation pub-like institution with great food) and shops selling handcraft items. A visit to the medieval city, Vrbnik, was the highlight of my visit. Perched on a 48m cliff and overlooking the Adriatic ocean, it’s a lovely sight to see.
Most people are aware how influential the Romans were at the height of their rule. I don’t think that people always realize how the Romans were everywhere. I guess they were some of the first hardcore travelers and traders and everywhere they went, they meant serious business. Roman ruins lay scattered across most of Europe, North Africa, Western Asia and Britain. If you travel to any of these places today and visit the sights, you will most likely end up with ‘ruin fatigue’ (similar to ‘cathedral fatigue’…).