Pula

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Pula

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.

Hotel Scaletta
Hotel Scaletta
3 out of 5
Flavijevska 26, Pula
The price is $88 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pula Ferry Port and Pula Arena. Istrian Museum of Contemporary Art and Zerostrasse are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (179 reviews)
"I had a wonderful stay at Hotel Scaletta. It really was the incredibly friendly and helpful staff - especially the woman who works the front desk in the morning and the woman who helps at breakfast and makes up the rooms - who made it so good. In fact, it was so great that I decided to stay for two ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

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Park Plaza Histria Pula
Park Plaza Histria Pula
4 out of 5
Verudela 17, Pula
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $136 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly Pula hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč, Pula Aquarium, and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (735 reviews)
"We stayed in the property in 2019 before the pandemic and came back as soon as we could travel again. The hotel is lovely inside and the marina wing looks good outside. However the main building could do with a tidy up on the exterior. The paint is faded and dated and the concrete needs repair in ..."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Park Plaza Histria 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 from Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Punta Verudela Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (706 reviews)
"Great options for kids, good location and with a lot of nature all around."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

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Park Plaza Verudela Pula
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Apartments Ivana
Apartments Ivana
3 out of 5
Zagrebacka Ulica 55, Pula, Istria
The price is $48 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Pula, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gate of Hercules, Golden Sun Casino, and Arch of the Sergians. Zerostrasse and Archeological ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"The apartment was close to city center and the outdoor market, located in a nice neighborhood. Nicely decorated open concept apartment with a spacious and fully stocked kitchen for dining in. I loved my stay. Igor was very helpful and accommodating."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

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Horizont Resort
Horizont Resort
2 out of 5
Verudella 6/B, Pula
Nestled on the beach, this Pula aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Punta Verudela ...
3.4/5Good! (187 reviews)
"The location is great, right on the edge of the sea. Not far to Pula and to Kamenjak. The resort itself is old and run down in places and there is a big difference in the quality of the accommodation - check what you have booked. Some of it doesn’t have air conditioning and is scruffy, some does ..."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

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Adrion Aparthotel
Adrion Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Puntižela 40, Pula
The price is $70 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Situated by the sea, this spa aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pula Arena, Gate of Hercules, and Roman Theatre. Brijuni National Park and Pula Fortress are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"Lovely spot, very clean rooms and excellent staff. Pretty pool. The real find is however the restaurant! What a fantastic place to eat."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Adrion Aparthotel
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