Pula Croatia


Pula is the largest city in Istria, an important sea port and an international tourist center, located 6 km from the international airport.

Perhaps Pula is the most mysterious and unusual city in Croatia. This is due, above all, to its rich history, which strongly influenced the architecture, culture and tradition of the locals.

There is much to see here, but at the same time, Pula is hardly a sweet and pretty town. Rather, it is stylish and a bit cold, but the number of visitors make it a more accessible and pleasant place to be.

A little history

The first traces of human life in Croatia have been found near Pula. The very first mention of the town is found in the legend of the Argonauts. If we are to believe the legend, it was the Argonauts who founded this city, during their journey for the Golden Fleece. Proof of this can be found in the numerous objects discovered during archaeological digs. Perhaps Pula was founded by the Argonauts, but the connection to the ancient Greek culture is obvious to scientists. A few years before the Christian era, Pula got the status of Roman colony, so it was then that its rapid development began. One of the most interesting vestiges is the Arena, a huge amphitheater, one of the biggest in the world, perfectly preserved to this day. It has driven the interest of tourists and historians all over the world. This is not just a historical monument, but the site of numerous annual festivals held in Pula.

The Triumphal Arch of Sergius and the Temple of Augustus were also built in the Roman era. After the fall of the Roman rule, the city was successively ruled by Venetians, Austrians, Italians. Pula was only returned to Croatia in 1947. During the Dark Ages, many buildings were built, mostly typical of the medieval Roman-Gothic architecture. Many of them have survived to the present day and are a very important component of the modern image of Pula.
Transport in Pula

There are numerous bus stations in Pula, and the railway station is 1 km away from the city.

However, if you want to avoid traffic jams and uncomfortable rides in hot buses, the best way to explore Pula is by booking an airport transfer in advance. If you wish to gain even more freedom of movement, you can always employ a car hire service in Croatia.

Pula Seaside

The resort area of the city is called Punta Verudela. The beaches here are mostly either rocky or concreted platforms. In the bay you can find small, pebble beaches, which are quite comfortable, but they few. In the area of Medulin, there is a large number of hotels and beaches. The resort area of Medulin also features several small nudist beaches. Hotels are different, each one has its own specific, but the level is high enough for all: in Croatia, the hotel business is very tightly controlled by legislation. Therefore, even more modest hotels must “to keep the brand”.

pula amphiteatre

Entertainment, sightseeing and attractions in Pula

The city has perfectly preserved monuments of Roman architecture, the most famous among them being the amphitheater Arena. The ancient Roman amphitheater was built in the 1st century AD and is a gigantic structure, accommodating 23,000 spectators! Nowadays, the amphitheater hosts major concerts and events.

It is interesting to wander through the old town. In the city center, there is the hill where a castle is located. There is a beautiful view of the city, and you can see old cannons, as well as models and diagrams of ships in the local museum.

Entertainment in the resort of Pula can offer not only sightseeing, but also a few discos, night bars, shows and even a casino. Here you can find one of the most important shipyards in Croatia, and an industrial port, which gives the city a bit of a harsh appearance and allows you to admire the seascape with its numerous ships.