Pedal through perfect Pula - the capital of Croatia's northern peninsular - for unspoilt beaches and unbeatable views of the Adriatic. Built around a dazzlingly blue, tranquil bay, there are few places in the Balkans that enjoy such a relaxed, old-world European feel.
The city's enormous amphitheater is impossible to miss, and stands proudly as the only remaining Roman amphitheater in the world with a complete circular wall. Travel back in time as you ride under the Arch of Sergii, Pula's triumphal arch since 27 BC, and stop by the Temple of August to admire its intricate Corinthian columns. If this all sounds rather Roman, that's because it is! Pula was part of Italy until 1947, and the city’s architecture and cuisine continue to reflect this. The gastronomy is a mixture of fresh seafood, straight from the Adriatic, as well as Italian pasta dishes that make the most of the region's famous white truffles.
Further inland, lush forests soar against the blue skies, while up and down the coast, sprawling national parks and pastel-colored seaside villages remain undiscovered by the country's broader tourism industry. Take a day tour to Cape Kamenjak, one of the most picturesque points on the peninsula, to swim in coves and cycle through pine forests.
For the discerning traveler, Pula promises a hearty welcome, and a bike tour remains the best way to take in this city’s unparalleled mixture of Roman history, refined cuisine, and scenic splendor all set within the Adriatic's most astonishing bay.