by: Silvija Kos
Wed, Feb 17, 2010
I recommend that you spend your time in the magical land of Istria by visiting the aquariums in Pula, Porec and Umag.
The aquarium in Pula is located in the 123 year-old Austro-Hungarian fortress Verudela. The exhibition is held in 50 swimming pools on the ground floor, in a trench and on the first floor of the fortress where representatives of the Northern Adriatic flora and fauna, tropical sea and freshwater fish are on display, as well as the fish found in our rivers and lakes which can be seen in the fortress’ channel. I am sure you will like the exhibition “Old Fishing Tools”, film projections about the sea and the sea theatre. Sea Turtles Recuperation Centre, the first of its kind in Croatia, is operating as a part of the aquarium as well. Ben, Roko, Kanalic, Silvester, Michael and Igor are the turtles which had recuperated in the centre and were released in September last year. Apart from this one, you can also visit the aquariums in Porec and Umag. 25 swimming pools will provide you with the opportunity of learning about various types of fish and the flora and fauna. You will also have an opportunity to enjoy the educational and attractive presentations.
All diving fans will find a perfect place for themselves in the Marina campsite where you can enjoy exploring the diverse underwater world, shipwrecks and underwater rocks and caves. Scubacentre diving club, which was proclaimed the best diving base on the Mediterranean in 2006, 2007 and 2008, during a fair in Dusseldorf, will provide the experienced divers, but also those who are yet to discover the magic of diving with all sorts of diving services.
Some of the attractive diving locations in the vicinity of the campsite are the following:
- 3 underwater walls, 50 m under the water;
- underwater caves;
- an underwater tunnel surrounded by a beautiful stone wall which stretches to the depth of 40 m;
- diverse and preserved flora and fauna;
- a shipwreck of the Italian trade ship “Lina” which sank in 1917 and got stranded near the Cres coastline.