Pula’s eventful history and location have left a significant trace on its cuisine. Many of the dishes have influences of Italian, Austrian, Hungarian and Slovak. A famous aperitif that you will be served in every restaurant in the Pula is pršut, olives and sheep’s cheese. Istrian pršut is a dried ham, similar to Italian prosciutto, that was seasoned and dried for almost a year in the cold Bora wind. Another dish that will be served everywhere but will vary in taste each time is manestra. This traditional stew is made of beans, potatoes with pešt (bacon and garlic roux) and vegetables of the season. Istria is a favorite among gourmet food lovers and famous worldwide for its high-quality truffle, especially the white truffle. Pula’s famous pasta is fuzi and gnocchi, served with truffle or žgvacet, sauce made with onions, tomatoes, chicken and seasoning. Indulge in this delicacy on your catamaran charter in Pula. The sea-front city is home to some of the cleanest water making it’s seafood reign supreme among others. Try the black cuttlefish risotto or stewed savory buzara with Kvarner scampi. A famous dessert is krostule, a deep-fried pastry topped with powdered sugar. There’s no better way to finish a meal than with a glass of Istria’s famous wines: Malvasia or Teran.
The city is a cultural mix much like it’s cuisine. There are two official languages, Italian and Croatian, which is why the country name will appear as both Pula and Pola. The country didn’t get it’s official Croatian name until sometime after 1947. In the center of the city there are a number of museums that explain both the history and cultural importance of goods like olive oil and art for the locals. Visit the House of Istrian Olive Oil, a museum dedicated to telling “the story of olive growing in Istria through history”. Olive oil has always been apart of Pula both economically and culturally from antiquity to present. The next museum to visit during your catamaran charter in Pula is the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria. The museum is inside a 17th century Venetian castle built to defend southern Istria. Its purpose is to expound knowledge on cultural and scientific of the region. There are many different exhibitions and activities that happen at the museum, refer to the website to get more information. The Pula Aquarium is another cultural landmark that is interactive for children and adults alike. The aquarium is housed in an Austro-Hungarian fort built in1886 that is registered as a protected cultural heritage. Explore the Communal Palace. This is one of the most preserved portions of the town and the current home of the city hall, the same role it played int the 13th century. The building rests on antiquity remains but they were rebuilt after being bombed during World War II.
Pula has transformed to an energetic festival city. Festivals are held year-round and housed in ancient and historic monuments, such as the Pula Film Festival in the Arena. The city’s famed arena is ancient roman times when they ruled the area. The festival is held in the summer and is the oldest film festival in Croatia and one of the oldest in Europe. Seasplash is the oldest music festival in Pula and the longest running Croatian musical festival to date. This 5-day event is a major event hailing people from near and far to enjoy music from all different genres. Enjoy Dimensions on your catamaran charter in Pula. This music festival has been known as an underground electro festival held in Fort Punta Christo near the center of Pula. The boat parties during this festival have been rated the best in Croatia! Outlook Festival is the last of the three big music festivals in the summer, it’s location is also the Roman arena. This festivities are also held in forts around the city and on the beach. One thing you cannot miss while visiting this Croatian gem is the Lighting Giants at the Uljanik Shipyard. You may be able to admire this marvel from your boat during your catamaran charter in Pula. This unique project was created by Dean Skira. The cranes at the shipyard are lit with bright multi-colored lights of about 16,000 color combinations every evening from dusk until 10pm, during the summer months it’s lit until midnight.
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