Pula’s pleasant climate and wide, sheltered harbour first drew the Romans here 2,000 years ago and now provide an idyllic holiday setting. Kilometres of superb beaches, spectacular nature and a relaxed cafe culture combine to make Pula one of Croatia’s loveliest destinations.
Things to do in Pula
One of Pula’s main attractions is its incredibly well-preserved Roman remains, particularly the amphitheatre at Pula Arena. Built in the 1st century to accommodate around 20,000 spectators at gladiatorial battles, today it hosts numerous concerts and a week-long Pula Film Festival every summer. Along the harbour front is the ancient Forum, the town’s main square lined with galleries and cafes.
There are no beaches in central Pula, but you don’t have to go far to find soft sand and turquoise seas. Gortanova and Ambrela are easy to access and backed by shady pine forests, while Kamenjak’s marine life and shipwrecks make it popular with scuba divers. Valkane beach is lined with bars and restaurants and is the best place for beach volleyball and football.
Do you love Italian food? Originally part of Italy, Pula’s cuisine includes pasta, risotto and gelato that would impress Italians. You should also try Pula’s white truffle speciality and the Croatian national drink, Rakija, flavoured with honey and spices.
Getting around Pula
Pula Airport offers direct flights from many European cities and there’s a ferry that travels from Pula to Venice. The historical centre of town is easy to walk around, while buses run between the beaches and town centre throughout the day.