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Discover a wealth of historic sites in this lively port town, which is best known for its famous Roman amphitheater.

The largest city in Istria, Pula offers an intriguing mix of past and present, with numerous Roman relics and an unpretentious atmosphere. Spend days lounging on beaches or exploring historical monuments and nights in its family-friendly restaurants and beachside bars.

Trace Pula’s history back to the Illyrians who originally built a small settlement here. When Romans arrived almost 200 years B.C., the city rapidly expanded and several important buildings were constructed. Find evidence of Pula’s Roman past in its ancient monuments and ruins.

The city’s star attraction is the Pula Arena, one of the world’s largest Roman amphitheaters. Admire the impressive, remarkably well-preserved façade. Check to see if any concerts or events are being held here during your stay.

Continue exploring Pula’s Roman heritage at other ancient sites. Check out the Temple of Augustus, the Triumphal Arch of Sergius and the Archaeological Museum, as well as the town’s main piazza on the site of the old Roman Forum. Other monuments worth seeking out include the Pula Cathedral and the Zerostrasse, an underground labyrinth of tunnels built for storage and protection during World War I.

Pula’s Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for beach activities. Head to the rocky bays of the Punta Verudela Peninsula, just south of the city or venture even farther south to Rt Kamenjak, a wild and secluded region with gorgeous empty beaches. Here enjoy swimming, sunbathing and scuba diving. Other popular excursions from Pula include boat trips to the stunning Brijuni Islands or daytrips to the villages of the surrounding wine region.

Arrange your trip to coincide with the Pula Film Festival in summer for the unique experience of watching a screening in the Roman amphitheater. The Outlook Music Festival, held in late summer, is dedicated to bass music and is extremely popular.

Pula has its own international airport. From other Croatian destinations such as Zagreb or Rijeka, use a train or bus. Public buses connect Pula to other resorts and towns in the Istria region.

Top hotels in Pula

Park Plaza Verudela Pula
Park Plaza Verudela Pula
4 out of 5
Verudella 11, Pula

Nestled on the beach, this Pula resort is just steps away from Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Punta Verudela ...

4.3/5Excellent! (680 reviews)

"Large resort although some small bits e.g. having to pay extra for sunbeds was a little too far. Some maintenance issues in our room also - the kitchen sink was leaking/whenever anybody else did anything water related the same sink would gurgle for about 30 minutes - not ideal in a studio flat in ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

Park Plaza Verudela Pula
Park Plaza Arena Pula
Park Plaza Arena Pula
3.5 out of 5
Verudella 31, Pula

Located in Pula, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (349 reviews)

"We had a wonderful week here in August. The hotel is part of a group of 3 hotels & villas on the Verudela Peninsula, all within walking distance and you have a access to them all. The Park Plaza Arena is smaller and quieter than the its sister hotel Histria & the Verudela Villas. There was a nice ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Park Plaza Arena Pula
Arena Verudela Beach Apartments
Arena Verudela Beach Apartments
Verudella 11, Pula

Nestled on the beach, this Pula hotel is just steps away from Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Punta Verudela ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Spotless 2 bedroom apartment in beautiful location."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

Arena Verudela Beach Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Pula

City Studio Apartments Pula
City Studio Apartments Pula
3 out of 5
Ul. Hermana Dalmatina 4, Pula

Situated in Pula, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Arch of the Sergians and Pula Arena. Punta Verudela Beach is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Pula ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
PUla is a nice surprise

"WE decided at the last minute to include Pula in our trip to Croatia. The location of the B and B was good although very obscure and hard to find. It is NOT accessed from any street, and despite what we were told, there was NO free parking in front. In fact, no way to drive a car down the narrow ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

City Studio Apartments Pula
Apartments Mira 295
Apartments Mira 295
3 out of 5
Pužar ul. 28, Pula

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and 2.6 ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Looks like in pictures, very clean

"The host was very nice, got very quick help when I needed. Good size apartment with all you need in kitchen incl coffeemaker. The bed was comfortable enough (memory madras) and if you use the sofa as bed it's comfortable, too. Looks pretty much like in pictures. It's about 1,2 km to beach, downhill, ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

Apartments Mira 295
Ribarska Koliba Resort
Ribarska Koliba Resort
4 out of 5
Verudela 16, Pula
The price is £65 per night from 18 Nov to 19 Nov

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Punta ...

4.2/5Very Good! (106 reviews)

"Lovely apartment, very spacious, clean, good facilities. Even washing up liquid, toilet roll, tea towels etc. Balcony nice but a shame that it was enclosed - would have preferred glass walls so surrounding areas could be seen. Pool good if a little small. Beach about a 15 minute walk and busy. Supermarket ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Ribarska Koliba Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Pula

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good 49.20634920634921%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Oct 2019

A pity that the town suffered extensive bomb damage during the second world war. Not a pretty tourist destination, like Rovinj, but interesting, as one could see how local people lived their lives. Good centre to explore further afield

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Oct 2019

Nice little town just to walk around

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Oct 2019

Fantastic Roman architecture

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

26 Sep 2019

Unfortunately everything advertises online in Pula was actually closed. Adventure centers, jet ski, scuba diving, underwater world, shooting, archery, horse riding, spas, absolutely everything I tried to book I was unable to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Ewan

25 Sep 2019

Please if you ever go anywhere in your life visit pula. Its an untapped haven and I suspect it will not stay the quiet quaint city it is at the moment. Beautiful scenery, amazing history, amazing beaches and clear water.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Sep 2019

Friendly and good food at good price. People honest and happy to make suggestions for you. Buses vey good but be prepared to stand as nearly always very full.

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