Pula is located on the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula and has been settled for at least 3000 years of history. Its Roman amphitheatre is the biggest outside of Italy, in fact it is still a great venue for concerts featuring international artists. Pula is also host to a film festival in early August each year. Other sights in Pula include the Arch of Segius, the Forum, the Twin Gates and the Temple of Augustus.
Pula is a useful starting point for a fly drive of the area, for example, our Coastal Odyssey or Slovenia and Istria itineraries. In fact it also works as an arrival or departure point for the catamaran service to/from Venice which has become a popular add-on. History fills the town and you could easily merit a full day's sightseeing here - not just the incredibly preserved Roman remains but also churches from almost every epoch of Christianity. Don't miss the 14th Century Byzantine fortress on the hill overlooking Pula, it houses the museum of the region.
Where to stay
The Oasi Boutique Hotel is a modern property offering an intimate vacation just a few minutes walk from the beautiful seafront of Pula. The hotel is surrounded by lush Mediterranean woodland and features ...
The Galija is a small family hotel offering a pleasant stay to its guests all year round. The hotel is located near the main square named Giardini.
"Hotel Milan was very good: comfortable accommodation, very welcoming and friendly staff, and the food was excellent - the best of our whole stay, though much more expensive. The location was fine, half an hour walk into the city and 5 minutes from the beach."
R Swain, Oct 2015
"Villa Oasiss, Medulin - This was a gorgeous hotel - really modern, beautiful room and bathroom and a great pool area. It was totally private and on the last day we had the pool to ourselves all day. We did have quite a bit of trouble finding it as we had been unable to download the map for this and couldn't get a signal so we drove to Medulin hoping to just stumble across it (most of the towns listed the hotels as you entered and pointed you in the general direction) but we couldn't find it anywhere. Instead we found a Tourist information office - incidentally the most unwelcoming people we came across in the whole of Croatia which seemed strange given their job! and they discovered that the hotel wasn't in Medulin but in Vinkuran about 5 miles away. There is nothing in the village so if you want any sort of night life then this is probably not the place but with a car it is perfect. The staff were all lovely - the girls really spoilt us and Stefan the manager couldn't have been more helpful if he tried - he wanted to take us out in his car and show us around.... They do have a large screen in the garden and music playing in the evening and they also do food - on the last night there was a BBQ and a man playing live music. We visited Pula and Rovinj from there, both really easy and also the peninsular NP where you can sunbathe, cycle of do water sports. It was the perfect relaxing end to the holiday."
K Saville, June, 2017
"I wish to thank you for organising our holiday. The criteria worked to perfection and the standard of accommodation was excellent. It was one of our most enjoyable holidays ever. Croatia is such a lovely country."
C Ferris, July 2013
"In all honesty we did not really enjoy this trip as much as the previous trip to Dubrovnik,Trogir, Plitvice etc. The Weather was not too good and whilst Hotel Kastel was excellent Jadran and Galija were not brilliant. We did in fact manage to change our Room at Jadran going from probably the worst Room in the Hotel to the 2nd worst. This is a particularly gloomy Hotel well situated but badly in need of an update. (ie) pulling down. Hotel Galija is very difficult to find and again we had to change Rooms after one Night as our Bed was broken (not by us.) Breakfast was also not very good and parking expensive.I do however congratulate you on getting us the best Room in the House at Kastel. This was superb. As regards the Resorts visited our thoughts are: Rovinj is wonderful and Porec also excellent. On arriving at Motovun in torrential Rain we did wonder what we were going to do for 2 Days but in fact we loved it there so it was time well spent. Postojna is a one Horse Town but we did get everything we wanted out of our visit and we would highly reccommend the Castle in the Cave which is a must see. Bled and the surrounding area was good and Ljubljana O.K. for one Day/Night. Hotel Galeb is nicely situated in Opatija but in inclement Weather the Town really does not offer very much and I am not sure that it would be much more entertaining on a nice Day. We were also disappointed with Pula as a Town. The Ampitheatre and some of the Roman remains are splendid and well worth going to see but other than that it is not particularly attractive. My fault entirely I think I expected something more like Rovinj. Pula is probably worth a Morning but certainly not 2 Days. So overall I would say that we had a good Trip, the Weather could have been kinder and if we were doing it again with the benefit of hindsight we would probably make it a couple of Days shorter. Thanks for all your help and I hope this is of use."
A Gamblin, October 2014