Pula is a picturesque coastal city situated on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and is one of the country’s most beautiful destinations. Due to its unspoilt natural beauty, crystal clear waters and charming appeal, it is easy to see why Pula has been popular with visitors since Roman times and continues to be today.
As a key Roman city, the Romans certainly left their mark on the city with lots of fantastic ruins and architecture still around today including the Temple of Augustus and Hercules Gate. The most famous is without a doubt the Arena, the Roman amphitheatre dating back to the first century AD which would have at one time held over 20000 spectators. It now hosts some of the city’s events including the Pula Film Festival.
If a quieter city bursting with beautiful history and amazing cuisine is what you are looking for, then Pula will not disappoint with delicious fresh seafood and more fabulous choice in many great restaurants both in the city and its surrounding area. It is not all ancient ruins with Pula, the city expertly blends it old with its new and there are countless modern bars, great hotels and boutiques in the centre to discover. For something a little different, head down to the harbour after dark and watch Pula’s new attraction, the Lighting Giants and watch the specular light show.
Get out into the sublime nature that this destination has to offer from exploring the many kilometres of hiking trails to simply lounging in the sunshine to trying out a wine tasting cycle tour. Make use of the beautiful surrounding waters of Pula with opportunities to go windsurfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling. Furthermore Croatia is known for its stunning national parks and the Birjuna Islands are no exception so take a boat trip out to its largest, Velki Brijun to discover more.