Perched on a hill overlooking the city, the Pula Fortress is an imposing Venetian castle designed by the French military architect Antoine de Ville in the 17th Century. Originally designed to protect the port and the city, the star-shaped fortress – which still bears a clutch of disused cannons – now houses several of the city's museums.
Discover the History of Pula Fortress
The Venetians conquered Pula in the 13th century and ruled the city until 1797, and like the Romans before them, they recognised the mount that overlooks the port as a prime spot for a fortress. The castle was built over the remains of the Roman capitolum and on the walk up to its peak you can see the ruins of a 2nd-century theatre.
Make time to explore each of the fortress' museums which include the Historical Museum of Istria, located on its northeastern slope, the Maritime Museum, and the Archaeological Museum of Istria perched on the lower level close to the Twin Gates.
Find a Hotel near Pula Fortress
Pula is an ancient Roman city on the southwest coast of Istria. Widely regarded as the region's main hub, it has been Istria's administrative centre for many centuries. Attracting a steady influx of visitors throughout the year, so you’ll have no trouble finding accommodation near Pula Fortress. For cheap hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses close to Pula Fortress look in the old town, and for sprawling beachfront resorts and apartment complexes look on the nearby Pula Riviera.
Other Attractions to Explore When Visiting Pula Fortress
Pula oozes Roman history and its old town is popular with the culture crowd. In a day, you can visit the Roman Forum, the Temple of Augustus and the impressive Pula Arena, a Roman amphitheatre dating back to the 2nd century BC. Regarded as one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, it also hosts summer concerts, history events and festivals.
Pula's charming old town and its waterfront surrounds offer accommodation for all budgets, from modest B&Bs and guesthouses to four and five star hotels and chic beach resorts. Use Expedia’s search filters to find your perfect hotel near Pula Fortress.