This city has so much to offer, with something for everyone!
You’ll never run out of things to see and do in Pula. It’s just bursting at the seams with culture, nature and activities! Take a look and I’ll show you some of the perfect places in Pula.
Croatia is increasingly becoming a popular destination for a summer holiday. And it’s no wonder, with the amount of beautiful pictures that are waved in front of our faces, when searching for our next holiday destination. Plenty of sunshine, crystal clear water and marvelous beaches, leave nothing to be desired. The city of Pula has a particularly beautiful landscape, and also has a very special flair and rich portion of culture. So if you don’t want to spend your whole holiday lazing around, but also want to do a little sightseeing, Pula is exactly the place for you.
It’s the oldest city in Istria – but nevertheless, Pula is still not ageing. Quite the opposite in fact: while there are remnants of former Roman times scattered all over the city, the restaurants and bars reflect the lively hustle and bustle of the present. Small boutiques line up along the streets, and invite you inside for a browse. A cosy atmosphere prevails particularly during the evening – the restaurants fill up, as do the streets, with people seeing out the day.
Enjoy the sun on the beach in Pula
Strictly speaking, there is actually no beach in Pula itself. But before you put your head in your hands, I can reassure you that in the east and west of the city, you’ll find several beaches! East of the city, for example, is Valkane beach. Awarded with a Blue Flag, this beach is particularly known for its cleanliness. If you’re also dependent on wheelchair accessibility, I’d definitely recommend this beach to you. Via a small ramp, you can access some concrete surfaces, which are located on the pebble beach. A small snack also awaits you, at one of the many different bars and restaurants.
If you are in the west of Pula, you have the choice of heading to various different beaches, some of which are even connected. Stoja beach, for example, a pebbly and rocky beach, is particularly popular because of its proximity to a holiday resort. There you can easily hire sports equipment or make the most of the various sports facilities. If you continue along the promenade, you will reach Valsaline Bay, which is part of the Verudela complex. The best thing about this place: you can book water sports activities here and let off as much steam as you please.
Brioni beach and Ambrela beach are situated next to one another. While Brioni is a rocky beach, you will feel fine pebbles underneath your feet at Ambrela beach. For the adventurers among you, I have three very special beaches on offer. Divers hearts will beat a little bit faster at Kanion beach – many mysterious underwater caves await you here. Who dares to jump from the steep cliffs into the sea? Also in Valovine Bay, you will be able to dive through an underwater grotto, similar to that at Kolumbarica beach, whose underwater world will also excite you with its caves. So there’s a beach to suit every type of holidaymaker, don’t you think?
Sights from the past
You’ll be amazed when I tell you about the vast amount of sightseeing which you can do in Pula. Look out for what excites you the most, I’m sure there is something for everyone’s taste!
The amphitheatre, also known as the ‘arena of Pula’, is of great importance and certainly not to be missed. The construction has been around for many years: it was erected in the 1st century and is now the sixth largest arena in the world. During the time of the Romans and the Middle Ages, there were all kinds of fights there. But numerous concerts and events take place in the arena today. It’s a true tourist magnet, so you should definitely pay it a visit. Over a period of 15 days, the oldest film festival in the country takes place here. This year it will take place from the 15th – 22nd July 2017, for the 64th time!
You will also find some remnants of the past between the so-called Twin Gate and Giardini Square. It’s essential to know, that Pula was formerly surrounded by a city wall and that you could only enter the city through ten gates. In the course of the 19th century, however, the wall was torn down, due to enormous construction defects. Today, there are only a few remains left from this period. Can you spot them?
Go through the ‘Golden Gate‘ at least once – this is part of the to-do list when you’re visiting the city of Pula. The city gate of Porta Aurea even once stood here, but today there is nothing left of it – the gate was completely destroyed in the 19th century. However, the triumphal arch shines in all its glory and connects the old town with the popular shopping area. So through you go and into s true shopping paradise!
Temple of Augustus
Not far from the shopping area you will encounter the Temple of Augustus and Forum Square. It is named after the former Emperor Augustus. It’s no wonder that the temple is located in Forum Square, because, at the time, this was the place-to-be, as well as the seat of the most important institutions. Take in this unique flair for a moment: the small houses give this area a very special atmosphere.
Something different from the previously presented sights is the artwork, which I am now going to reveal to you. The cranes at the port of the shipyard Uljanik provide a fantastic lighting display in the evening – as soon as it gets dark, they shine brightly in a variety of colours. The artist, who is behind it, is Dean Skira. So be sure to swing by the port in the evening!
Activities in Croatian Pula
If you don’t have the passion for sightseeing and walking for hours in good weather, you can also experience a lot of action-packed activities in Pula. In addition to classic water sports such as diving and windsurfing, all other types of sports are also available. Special hiking and biking trails will benefit your fitness, but other sports facilities, such as tennis courts, will also keep you entertained. Or you can plan an afternoon on the Green Garden Go Kart track, which stretches 3500m² – you can really blow off some steam here. Exclusive holiday guru tip: a very special experience, which you’ll remember long after your holiday in Croatia, is a panoramic flight. Between Pula and Medulin, there is a sports airport, which offers various sightseeing flights.
For those of you who know Croatia particularly well and would like to learn more, I’d recommend doing some city hopping. My Travel Magazine introduces you to some of the different parks and cities in Croatia – Rovinj, Split, Plitvice Lakes – which location appeals to you the most? I hope you all have lots of fun exploring the country! And Pula is a good place to start, don’t you think?
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