The picturesque seafront city of Pula is significantly less popular with tourists than Dubrovnik but no less incredible, giving it a secret, under-the-radar appeal. Roman ruins and Venetian fortresses highlight the city's complex history, while the aquamarine Adriatic Sea beckons visitors to dive right in.
Pula is situated at the southern tip of Croatia's Istrian peninsula, right near the Italian border. And with its incredibly well-preserved Arena amphitheatre, which dates back to the first century AD, it does have something of a Rome feel about it. Once upon a time, the Pula Arena hosted gladiator battles and medieval fairs. Today it's still in use for musical concerts (Elton John and Grace Jones have both graced it with their presence!) and the occasional professional ice hockey game.
Pula is also known as the host of Outlook Festival, a super popular yearly musical event that brings together electronic artists from around the world. Outlook takes place in the 2,000-year-old Pula Arena and Pula Fortress from September 5th to 9th in 2018, headlined by Bonobo and Wiley.