Pula is the largest town on the Istrian Peninsula and has so much to see and do. Both Pula and the surrounding area have wonderful beaches bordered by the Adriatic Sea. There is plenty of culture with many historical attractions and events. You can visit the spectacular Roman amphitheatre in central Pula, still used for film, theatre and musical events during the summer. Gourmets will enjoy the many good quality restaurants and markets. Everyone will enjoy a walk along the beautiful promenade to admire the sunset.
Local Markets and Shopping
Pula Green Market is a market hall which began serving the residents over century ago. You can still meet the local producers and buy a huge variety of fresh produce including meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and honey. Pula also has supermarkets while the surrounding towns have smaller shops to buy daily essentials.
Bars and restaurants
Dining in Istria is a wonderful combination of rustic ingredients, regional recipes and excellent hospitality. Wines have been produced in the region for centuries and truffles are collected from the forests. The influence of neighbouring Italy can be seen in the availability of pasta and pizza with smaller towns often having a pizzeria. Enjoy a coffee at Cafe Uliks, made famous by the Irish author James Joyce – you’ll understand exactly why he fell in love with Pula. Nearby resort, Fazana, about a 15 minute drive from Pula, also has excellent fish restaurants with a sea view.
The Pula Riviera has plenty of stony beaches, as well as concrete bathing platforms to easily access the clear, warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. A 15 minute drive to the north of Pula is Fazana Beach, a great spot for families with children as there are many beautiful beaches here. Medulin, a 15 minute drive south has a mile long shingle beach. Water sports including windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling can be organised locally at many of the beaches. Rt Kamenjak - Premantura is a protected park on a peninsula 20 minutes from Pula with beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea.
In Pula, there is an excellent aquarium with displays of fresh and salt water fish including sharks. You can organise a family go kart championship at the fully equipped circuit in Pula. Across Istria, you will find attractions for children ranging from the Istralandia Aquapark, a 50 minute drive away. Dinopark Funtana, close to Porec, is a dinosaur themed park with rides and moving model dinosaurs, great fun for younger children. Horse riding and watersport facilities are also all widely available and make for a great day out. For a unique experience, visit the Escape Room in nearby Svetvincenat based in the Grimani Morossini castle.
Places of Interest
Walking around the Pula, historians and fans of classical architecture will be impressed by many sites including the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, Arena and the Small Roman Theatre. To explore beyond Pula, catch a boat to the famous Brijuni Islands National Park where there are walking and cycling trails. Inland, Galizana is small village and known for being one of the oldest villages of the Istrian Peninsula. It’s home to one of the largest kazun’s – a circular stone house, typical of the region and offers some of the best fresh bread around! Cycling is very popular and there are plenty of trails and places to hire bikes to explore the countryside.