We left the campsite early and went into Pula to visit the Roman Amphitheatre and the old town. This 1st Century amphitheatre built from local limestone was designed to host gladiatorial contests with seating for up to 20,000 spectators but nowadays it is used for concerts. It is pretty amazing when you think how old it is and does dominate the town of Pula.
We walked through the old town’s narrow streets and climbed up to the Citadel to take in the views.
We then visited Rt Kamenjack, on the Premantura peninsula, Istria’s southernmost point, an entirely uninhabited cape of beaches and coves. It is criss-crossed with a maze of gravel roads and paths and a bit like driving on a red road in Australia, only not red and much more bumpy. Once we got onto the Cape, we just had to go to the end and although we found a lovely cove where the water was crystal clear, not cold but cool, we were relieved to get back on terra firma!
We then had about a 75 mile drive ahead of us to our campsite for the next couple of days at Icici just south of Opatjiva on Istria’s east coast. The drive was really scenic, just like driving the Amalfi coast in Italy. We are now on an elevated pitch catching sea glimpses through the pine trees.