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Pula guide


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Pula is the largest city in Istria County, situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula. There is an airport in immediate vicinity of the town which enables fast and comfortable travelling. The city has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. Pula has also been Istria’s administrative center since ancient Roman times.


The beach

One of the most attractive beaches in Pula is the Ambrela beach in Verudela tourist zone. It is a pebble beach mildly sloping towards the sea. You can rent deck chairs and parasols, and it also has changing cabins and showers. There is another popular beach called Havajsko, known for big waves and therefor popular among the young population.

Dog owners have two beaches at disposal – Štijanska vala and Galebove stijene on Stoja.


Sightseeing and attractions

Pula was a very important town in ancient times. Ruled by many different rulers during its past, it features various building every step of the way. The most popular site in Pula is the famous amphitheater, also known as the Arena. It was built in 1st ct. AD and is the 6th biggest amphitheater in the world. Today it is primarily a stage for various cultural events – music, plays, even movies during Pula film Festival. In the basements underneath the Arena there is a museum where you can see many interesting exhibits from the Roman period.
At the entrance to the main town street there is the Arch of the Sergians, which was built in the 1st ct. AD to commemorate the three brothers of the family. The arch inspired many artists, Michelangelo being one of them. At the end of the main street there is a central town square – the Forum with the Temple of Augustus. It was built also in the 1st ct. AD and it is dedicated to the first Roman Emperor Augustus. We also suggest you visit the Archeological Museum which features exhibits found all over Istria which date from prehistoric to medieval period. Right next to the museum, there are remains of a Roman Theatre. Parts of the stage and semi-circular auditorium are preserved to this day. In the fortress Kaštel above the town there is a Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria. There are over 50 000 exhibits in 18 museum collections.


Several kilometers north of Pula there is a little town Fažana, where you can take a boat ride to one of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia – the Brijuni Islands. The most famous occasional inhabitant of the island was Josip Broz Tito.  You can visit a photo museum dedicated to his visits to Brijuni, where you can also take picture with his favorite pet, a 50-year old big yellow-crested cockatoo Koki. You can go sightseeing by little tourist trains and there is plenty to see. In the middle of Croatia – a real safari park featuring ostriches, zebras, donkeys, Istrian neat and elephants, among other many interesting animal species.


The marketplace

The market in Pula was established in 1903 and it was very popular because it was built using new materials in those days, such as iron and glass. The marketplace has rich offer of fish, fruits and vegetables.




Life Celebration Festival

Seasplash Reggae Festival

Film Festival

Valkane Summer Beach Festival


Verudela Day

Monteparadiso Festival

Sirup Nation Festival

Viva la Pola! Festival

Future Nature Festival

Art & Music Festival

Pula Night


Croatia Bike Week

Outlook Festival Croatia

Dimension Festival

IstriaFest Gastro