pula en croatie
Pula, a city of history not to be missed

Pula is a seaside resort town in the southwestern part of Istria. It is also a seaport city with the largest port in the region. Pula was already inhabited 3000 years ago, making it the oldest city on the eastern Adriatic coast. The splendid arena in Pula was built in the 3rd century B.C. and is a true witness to history.

The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, so the weather in Pula is always mild in summer. The main characteristics of Istria are its lush vegetation and crystal clear water. The beaches of Pula are made up of pebbles or are hidden in small rocky coves. As the destination is quite touristic, they are easy to reach and offer various services in the surroundings. Pula is also an important commercial hub in the region. Thus, the shipbuilding industry, metallurgy, textiles and glass production are well developed in the area.

Tourism started to grow in the seaside resort at the beginning of the 19th century. The first developed beach, the Bagno Polese, was opened in 1885. It took until 1908 to build the first modern hotel, the Riviera. Today, the accommodation offer has been greatly enriched and consists of a wide range of hotels, apartments, rented houses, and even youth hostels accommodations. Various activities are available in Pula, the city is indeed gifted with sports and leisure facilities, casinos and numerous restaurants.

cirque romain de Pula
 Amphitheater of Pula

Major local events

  • The Pula Movie Festival, which has been held in the amphitheater every year in July since 1954;
  • The Pop Music Festival, which also takes place every year in July;
  • The Rock Music Festival held in August;
  • The Roman Circus in Pula;
  • The animations of the amphitheater of Pula
temple romain dédié à Auguste
Augustus’ temple at the forum of Pula

What to see and what to do in Pula ?

  • During your visit to Pula, don’t miss the cultural sites and monuments of the city linked to the Roman history. Among them are the circus, the amphitheater, the Augustus’ temple and the various gates of the city.
  • During your walk in Pula, you can also appreciate the cathedral, the Franciscan church or the small fort overlooking the city.
  • The seabed being rich in discoveries, an initiation to diving in the various local clubs can also appeal to visitors in tune with the marine world.

How to reach Pula?

  • By car: via the west and the north through Buje. From the east: via the tunnel connecting Učka to Pazin ;
  • By sea: from Italy by ferry;
  • Arriving by air: the nearest airport in Pula is 6 km from the city center.