Laid-back seafront hotel complexes line the peninsula to the south of the town, where pebbly beaches, backed by fragrant pine forests, trail off into bath-like shallows.
Look a little further and those making the effort to leave the resorts will be well rewarded. Not only does its location on the Istrian peninsular make it the perfect spot for exploring the hilltop towns, national parks and underrated vineyards, but the city itself has a rich and vibrant history, dating back to Roman times.
Sightseeing-wise the real crowd-pleaser is undoubtedly its first-century Amphitheatre, or the ‘Arena’ - as the locals call it. Looming over the harbour, it's a dead ringer for Rome’s Colosseum and easily as majestic, preserved as a venue for regular summer concerts and film festivals. Rivalling it for scale – and showcasing the city's more recent history - is its latest attraction, Lighting Giants, a stunning light show in one of the world’s oldest working shipyards, which transforms its cranes with up to 16,000 different coloured lights every night in summer. Add laid-back, family-friendly cafes, clusters of nearby islands to explore and a summer calendar filled with local music festivals and it's not hard to see why people are flocking to this charming little city.