With 62.000 inhabitants, Pula is the main city of the Istrian peninsula. Many tourists consider Pula the gateway to the beautiful beaches in the area, which is perhaps one of the most various and woody zones of all of Istria. The Italian language has been spoken here for centuries. Venice dominated the area from 1334 to 1797 (four and a half centuries, which left an indelible mark). Pula is set out on seven hills, similarly to Rome. The Arena is easily seen a short way from the sea, near the port, and is magnificently preserved. Continuing on foot along via Istarska, one reaches Gemina Gate, with two vaults and a length of Roman and medieval walls. After having passed the Archaeological Museum, one reaches the Sergi Arch, which dates back to the 1st century A.C. Moving towards the centre of the city, one comes upon many outdoor cafés on the square. From here, one can admire the Temple of Augustus, situated a few metres from the sea. The coastline is very indented, with numerous inlets. The sea is very clear, ideal for snorkelling and, as experts say, for crab fishing.