Going to Pula! Holiday tips and reviews

Pula – a fairytale town with a Roman amphitheater

Rest in Pula

Some people come to Pula to sunbathe on the beaches, others go scuba diving, and others spend their whole vacation learning about ancient history. Everyone loves the city on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula! Find out from the reviews what to see, what are the beaches at the resort and what hotels are best to stay in.

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Impressions of the resort

The largest city on the peninsula of Istria is probably one of the most beautiful resorts in Croatia. Pula was founded by the ancient Greeks as a convenient port on the Adriatic. The modern resort is famous for its unique monuments of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, which attracts many tourists. Pula is loved for its good pebble and rocky beaches, amazingly beautiful streets, ancient amphitheater and temples.

Natali: “Pula is located very close to Italy and is ideal for a relaxing vacation. The air is clean and the water is very clear. The sea air and the scent of pine trees is an ideal combination for ecotourists who permanently live in big cities.

Alexander: “No discos and loud annoying music from the speakers. The idyll of beauty and silence. Clean and orderly. You can walk along the forest paths along the sea until darkness. And what views!”.

Rest in Pula

The modern resort is famous for its unique monuments of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. Photo: dbajurin / Depositphotos.com.

Best hotels

Pula welcomes guests with good hotels 3-5* and cozy mini-hotels. You can rent a room in a family apartment, settle in a campsite or rent a luxury villa. The Croatian resort is very popular with tourists during summer, so book the room you like in advance! And it’s better to look for accommodation on the service Hotelluk, and tours to Pula – on Travelate.

The best hotels in Pula, according to tourist reviews:

Suzy 3* – a guest house 50 meters from the pebble beach, in the southern outskirts of the city. During high season a room for two costs from 60 €.

San Martino Rooms 3* – a centrally located guesthouse within walking distance of Pula’s main attractions. For double room you’ll pay from 100 €.

Rooms K&T sea side luxury 4* – a comfortable hotel 450 meters away from Stoja beach. A room for two will cost you 120 €.

City Centre 4* is an excellent choice for tourists who want to live with all the amenities in the city center. A double room costs from 125 €.

Villa Sunce 5* – luxury accommodation for eight with a swimming pool, 6 km from Pula’s amphitheater. Villa Sunce costs 447 € per day.

Villa Kata 5* is a wonderful villa for 7-10 persons with three bedrooms and a private pool. The rent costs 460 € per day.

Beaches of Pula

Istria Peninsula in Croatia is not suitable for lovers of soft sand. All beaches in Pula are pebbly and rocky. The resort area has more than 40 equipped free beaches. The best beaches in Pula, according to reviews of tourists – Stoja, Gortanova Bay, Valkane, Vile Stinjan and beaches on the peninsula Verudela, 4 km from the Old Town. Most of them are marked with an honorary Blue Flag.

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The entrance to the water is shallow. Where the depth starts just near the shore, the slopes to the sea are equipped with handrails or steps.

It’s not comfortable to walk barefoot on the stones and large pebbles, so we advise you to wear beach shoes to swim! It will protect feet from cuts and prickles sea urchins, which are found in shallow waters.

Brandon: “Istria is indented with bays, it’s very good, the water is clean and clear. There is no really organized and comfortable beach with an entrance, the whole coast is a beach, so you walk and look for yourself a comfortable place. Definitely requires special shoes.

Best Beaches in Pula

The bay next to Verudela. Photo: dinogeromella / unsplash.com.

What to see

The main attractions of Pula are located very compactly – in the Old Town. Tourists begin their journey through the resort with the amphitheater, which was built by the Romans in the first century AD. It is worth including other monuments of Roman architecture – the Arch of St. Sergius, the Temple of Augustus and the Hercules’ Gate – into your itinerary around the city. In Pula, the medieval complex of Franciscan monastery buildings has been preserved. If you are fond of literature, visit the place where Irish writer James Joyce lived and created.

Natalia: “The Roman amphitheater looks more modest than in Rome, but it still looks amazing, especially considering its age. It’s hard to get lost in the city itself, the streets are narrow, like in the Middle Ages, and all paths lead out to the sea.”

Things to do in Pula

The Roman amphitheater in Pula. Photo: niels_to / unsplash.com.

Holidays with children

In addition to a beach vacation, Poole has plenty of entertainment! Parents with children enjoy going to the local aquarium, having a great time at Adventure Park Pula ropes course and Green Garden Pula amusement park.

Take the whole family to the Historic Maritime Museum, which is located in the old Kaštel fortress. If you climb the medieval tower, you can admire Pula from above. A very pleasant place for walks is the green Sea Park.

Show your child the original landmark of the resort – a small fountain in the form of a three-dimensional plan of the city. Take a look at the streets that you’ve already walked and plot new trails in Pula!

Seville: “Like any self-respecting city, Pula has its volumetric miniature. A little fountain fills the sea.”

Holidays with children in Pula

Families with children love Pula. Photo: christoph_sammer / flickr.com.

When it’s best to go

Pula is in a mild Mediterranean climate. From April to October the resort has warm and dry weather. The beach season, as almost everywhere else in Croatia, lasts from May to late September to early October. In late spring the water in the Adriatic Sea is still cool, so many hotels in Pula open only in June.

Coniferous forests and fresh sea breezes significantly soften the heat of summer. It is really hot only in July and August. June and September in Pula are considered ideal months for holidays with children and older tourists.

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Masa Krasikova: “In July it is sunny and expectedly hot. By noon it’s +28 … +34 °С, but the breeze by the sea is refreshing. In the evening the temperature drops, but not extremely. Below +20 °С doesn’t happen. It is difficult to freeze”.

Rest in Pula

Pula. Photo: unsplash.com / @kowalikus.

Conclusion: Is it worth to go to Pula?

The Croatian resort is a great place for sightseers, parents with children and older tourists. Pula is loved for its warm climate, calm atmosphere, clean beaches, modern infrastructure and beautiful historic part of town. The resort is also visited for diving. The diving season in western Croatia is long – from May to October. During all these months, the visibility under the water exceeds 20 meters.

Pula travel guide

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In this resort there is no problem with the choice of cafes and restaurants – there are so many that you will not stay hungry! These places serve local and Italian cuisine, so for a real pizza you don’t have to go to Italy – you’ll find it in Pula.

Istrian cuisine

The cafes and restaurants of this Croatian coastal resort are always full of visitors, and the locals live in them: during happy afternoons (siesta) the locals enjoy life drinking tea and coffee (or even beer) in the cafes and chatting with each other.

Talking about authentic Istrian cuisine, we should mention such dishes as “maneshtra” soup, macaroni and cheese “shtrukli” and baked potatoes with bacon – “police”. It is also advisable to try the local sweets – chocolate delicacies ‘griot’, ‘bayadera’, all kinds of strudels, donuts, puddings and low-calorie cakes.

When visiting local restaurants, pay attention to dishes with seafood and truffles – they, however, are rather expensive, but certainly worth a try. As for drinks, in Pula you can drink local – plum vodka, cherry vodka, pear vodka, travarica…

Another tip about wine: don’t deny yourself the pleasure of tasting Malvasia: it is made from the most popular type of grapes with the same name, in Istria it accounts for two thirds of the harvest. It is dry wine, its color is straw yellow.

What to see in Pula?

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Roman amphitheater – the main attraction of Pula

Amphitheater

The main attraction of Pula is Roman amphitheater. It is located in close proximity to the seafront, where you can easily and inexpensively park (2 euros) and where public transport is available. Even if you’re not a fan of ruins, it’s still worth spending 6 euros on the amphitheater, because the construction is grand and unusual. It should be noted at once that Pula is a pretty big city – 50 thousand people and probably a couple tens of thousands of vacationers. There are no problems with public transportation and infrastructure. And so, if interested in the whole historical route, it is easier and cheaper to drive or walk by the signs. The city is marked with arrows indicating the routes: the monuments of the Roman era, monuments from the Middle Ages.. They start from the Roman amphitheater. So if you’re a lover of antiquities, still start at the amphitheater.

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The promenade in front of the amphitheater read in full

How to have fun?

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In Pula, there are many festivals and other colorful events, and most often the most important performances during these folk festivals take place at the Arena Amphitheater. Often the local shows are attended by international celebrities. In the city club Uljanik you can party hard, with trendy DJs playing all year round. In this place for visitors play not only only one “pop”, here you can hear a different music, up to alternative rock. Information about the nightly program and the artists playing at Uljanik can be found on city posters.

On Radoceva street there is a huge building of the former technical school, which is now used to organize large festive events. This building has become the home of the Karlo Rojk club and various alternative music associations.

In the central part of the resort city there is a movie theater Zagreb. Next to the National Theater of Istria there is also an art cinema. In Pula, cinema is taken seriously. Every year in August, there is a film festival where new Croatian cinema of the current year is presented. This tradition goes back to 1953. In its time, big-budget films were produced in Yugoslavia, so this festival attracted international stars like Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor.

What can I buy?

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Pula is the largest city in Istria, and every year this resort attracts more and more tourist people. The main mass of visitors are looking here for an opportunity to relax on the Mediterranean coast and have a good time in the nightlife, restaurants and while walking around the stores. Just for those who love shopping, I will write what, where and how best to buy in this Croatian resort.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs represented in the local shops – the most diverse, everyone will be able to find something that suits his taste and price. They sell fine lace, silk, jewelry, ceramics and leather goods, carpets, tapestries, local wines and other wonderful things.

For those who are on a limited budget but still want to bring a gift from Pula to their relatives or friends, I suggest paying attention to the local wine: it is inexpensive, and the choice of options is quite wide: it is “Slivovica”, “Grusovica”, “Travarica” (herbal infusion), or delicious cherry liqueur “Maraschino”, etc. If you can afford to choose a more expensive gift, then buy some product or even coral jewelry. Fans of aromatherapy should like the local essential oils – with the choice of this goodness is also no problem. In the city you can see shopping facilities, which sell not only local products, but more familiar to us stores.

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Public transport in Pula

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Most of the local attractions are located close to each other, so the best way to get around is on foot. If you want to get to a particular place without pushing the pedestrians, you can use public transport.

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The quality of roads in this Croatian resort is quite good, they are perfect for a pleasant and safe journey by bus or by car. By the way, buses are most popular in Pula, unlike the underdeveloped rail service. According to the decision of the Croatian government, all bus transport in the country should be no older than twelve years, so it turns out that the local roads are mainly driven by new, passenger-friendly buses that meet safety standards.

But it’s not cheap to ride local transportation. You can, in addition to shuttle service, ride the buses that run along the entire coastline – the fare on them is a little lower. You will also save if you buy a ticket directly in the transport. The price can vary depending on the length of the route; it ranges from eight to twenty-five kuna.

You can get to Rovinj, Rijeka or Zagreb by intercity buses. For some destinations, you can take the railroad. But, as I have already said, trains are not very popular here, because the railway station is located… read completely

Getting lost in sunny Pula.

For the first time we arrived in Pula from the airport, which is located 6 km from the city. We arrived late at night, until we rented a car, until we drove out, it was already dark. Pula appeared before us with its dark shapes, bright lights of the stores, mysterious light from the amphitheater. The first acquaintance smelled of fresh bread, sounded in our ears with the clatter of wheels on cobblestone streets and the many voices of people. We weren’t staying in Pula, so our next visit wasn’t until a few days later. The first thing we decided to do was to visit the amphitheater – it is a unique, historical place, not inferior to the Colosseum in Rome. The striking difference between the Arena Amphitheater and the Colosseum is that it has remained intact, and concerts and city events are held there. On the evening of the day we visited, there was to be a big concert, so the arena was being prepared – chairs, decorations, and lighting were being set up. Usually at the entrance there is a long line for tickets, but we were lucky, there were practically no people. It’s nice to walk around in the open-air museum and get great pictures. Part of our company did not go on a tour, and admired the structure from the street – sitting on a bench and eating delicious local pastries.

Next to the Arena in the square there is an unusual fountain – a model of the city, be sure to go see it. We continued our trip to Pula on foot, walked around the old city and measured with our feet the distance from the Arena to the Forum, from the Forum to the Arc de Triomphe.

Pula: journey from modernity to antiquity

While spending our summer vacations in ancient Poreč we couldn’t miss the capital of Istria, Pula. We noticed this huge port city when we were sinking under the wing of our plane to the emerald expanses of Croatia – houses and gigantic cranes scattered on the shore like children’s toys. So, temporarily putting aside walking the cobblestone streets of Parenzo, we went on a bus tour of the sights of the largest population center on the peninsula.

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Pula has a long history. The city, founded as one of the first Greek colonies in the region, was under the rule of the Western Roman Empire, was a stronghold of the Venetian Republic and part of the possessions of Austria, Italy, and later Yugoslavia. The peoples who populated this fertile land have left their mark here – the monuments of history and architecture, so beloved by us, modern tourists.

The journey into the mystery of antiquity began with the amphitheater – one of the many coliseums inherited by the ancient Romans. The three-tiered arena, which has survived quite well for such a rarity, used to seat up to 23 thousand spectators hungry for bread and circuses. Today the remains of its stands and the central site hold concerts, festivals and city festivals, and a museum is arranged in the underground passages, where once the animals and gladiators were placed. In the semi-darkness of the ancient arches and tunnels are hidden millstones and oil presses, wine vessels, and ancient amphorae. The photogenic giant, which has absorbed a lot of… read full

The city founded by the Argonauts: Pula.

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The most interesting and unusual city in Croatia is probably Pula. This city has a rich history and many legends associated with it.

Do you know where the first mentions of human life were found? Not far from Pula in a cave called Sandalj. And these traces of human life are more than one million years old!

The most ancient ethnic group of the Istrian peninsula is the Histri tribe. Their center is the city of Nezakcium. Historically, this center is located very close to Pula.

The legend of the Argonauts also has a direct relation to this city. It is believed that it was during the Golden Fleece campaign that the Argonauts founded the city of Pula (Polai). They called it the City of Asylum because they could not return to their homeland without the Golden Fleece (which they did not find immediately). The fact that the legend has the right to life is confirmed by a large number of items of ancient Greek culture found during excavations in the vicinity of the city. Among the artifacts there are even fragments of the statue of Apollo.

Pula, as can be seen from the above, is a very ancient city. However, it began to develop intensively in about 45 B.C. It was then that the city received the status of a Roman colony. And even later, the Roman Emperor Octavian made Pula an imperial city. This is confirmed by the buildings of Roman architecture. Precisely to the Roman period belong the main landmarks of the city: Triumphal Arch of Sergius and the Temple of Augustus.

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