4.4/5Top Destination

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.

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Top Hotels in Pula

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Histria Pula
Park Plaza Histria Pula
4 out of 5
Verudela 17, Pula
CA $164
per night
Oct 29 - Oct 30

This family-friendly Pula hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Bourguignon, Pula Aquarium and Punta Verudela Beach. Pula Fortress and Temple of Augustus are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (639 reviews)

"We felt very comfortable and relaxed at this resort, staff were friendly and helpful...we would definitely come back and also recommend to others."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2019

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 hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pula Aquarium, Pula Fortress and Temple of Augustus. Pula Arena and Forum are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (645 reviews)

"Can't rate this place highly enough. It made me and my girlfriends first holiday together absolutely perfect. The views were amazing, the apartments and the resort were all kept immaculate. I would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2019

Park Plaza Verudela Pula
Captain Emo City Apartments
Captain Emo City Apartments
3.5 out of 5
11 Emova ulica, Pula, Istria

Located in the heart of Pula, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pula Arena and Pula Fortress. Temple of Augustus and Forum are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"The apartment was airy, spacious and comfortable with aircon which was much needed! There is even a small pool in the garden. Nina and Sara were extremely welcoming; Nina organised a great boat trip and recommended some lovely restaurants. She was quick to respond to any requests we had. The location ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 26, 2019

Captain Emo City Apartments

Popular things to do in Pula

Pula Arena
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Pula Arena

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Visit Pula’s most important landmark, an imposing Roman amphitheater that is among the best-preserved ancient monuments in Croatia.

Temple of Augustus
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Temple of Augustus

4/5(12 reviews)

This reconstructed Roman temple hosts an interesting collection of ancient sculptures.

Top activities in Pula

Magical Istria Tour (Pula & Rovinj) from Zagreb
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Magical Istria Tour (Pula & Rovinj) from Zagreb

CA $158

Between the sea coast and the Valleys & gullies, you will feel like you are in one of those Myths adventures. Istria & its peninsula is one of the most beautiful attractions in Croatia and the Adriatic sea. A lovely day out of Zagreb. After breakfast, join a 2.

Istrian Classics - The Best of Istria
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Istrian Classics - The Best of Istria

CA $92

Discover the best of the best in Istria on this guided tour with an experienced, professional local guide. Croatia's largest peninsula will impress you not only because of its coast but also its lovely and varied inland area.

Vacation Photographer in Rovinj
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Vacation Photographer in Rovinj

CA $41

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.