What to do and see in Pula, Croatia: The Best Places and Tips

November 29, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Pula is situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula and is the area's largest city. Located beneath seven hills and with views of the Adriatic, Pula's unspoiled natural surroundings are magical. Known for its mild climate and tame, beautiful sea, Pula also has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing and shipbuilding. It is also home to many ancient Roman buildings, including the well-preserved, magnificent amphitheater.
Restaurants in Pula

1. Amphitheatre de Pula

Flavijevska ul., Pula 52100, Croatia +385 52 219 028
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Amphitheatre de Pula

The Arena in Pula is a 1st century Roman Amphitheatre. The arena is the 6th largest in the world.

Reviewed By Thebates22

The Roman Amphitheater in Pula is definitely worth s visit if you are in the area. I visited on a sunny but cold February weekend. Admission for an adult is 50Kn (£5:95/€6:75/$8:30/¥884) with children and concessions costing 25Kn. They only accept Croatian cash (Kn) and DO NOT accept Euro’s or change Euro’s.
At the time I visited they were not proving the audio tour and the English speaking cashier said this service was only provided in the summer, not sure of the dates, but this was a little disappointing as the free leaflet is pretty limited with information.
The arena itself is pretty impressive, tastefully and well renovated, but in my opinion is severely lacking information boards, especially in the light of no audio tour being available.
The subterranean exhibition is good, with plenty of well placed and detailed information boards as well as artefacts found on the site.
Overall, well worth the money.
(I’ve added an image of the opening times throughout the year, as this seemed to be creating some questions)

2. Floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce

Ulica Sergijevaca 18, Pula 52100, Croatia +385 98 927 0333
Excellent
33%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 219 reviews

Floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce

Reviewed By greenpanther30 - Surrey, United Kingdom

This stunning mosaic is gorgeous, sadly it's really not easy to find. Tucked away under a cover it looks like it may be sheltering building material. Pass through the car park and it's up an alleyway off the car park. You will find it, persevere as it's worth it. No signage or information about it, however one of the most complete mosaics I've witnessed.

3. Arco dei Sergi

Giardini, Pula, Croatia
Excellent
33%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 613 reviews

Arco dei Sergi

Reviewed By itchyfeet2014 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

A very impressive archway into a pretty shopping street. Extremely impressive, you will know when you see it. All part of exploring Pula.

4. Aquarium Pula

Verudela b.b. | Verudela b.b., Pula 52105, Croatia +385 52 381 402
Excellent
34%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 670 reviews

Aquarium Pula

Aquarium Pula, a place where richness of the Adriatic is combined with the centennial military history of Pula. The Aquarium is placed in fort Verudela, part of the once powerful “Fortress Pula” of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The historical fort is revived and enriched by more than 200 species of marine and Freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians. Meet our inhabitants in rooms, hallways, tunnels and moat of the once mighty fort and discover secrets of the aquatic environment!

Reviewed By Kerry P

Visited her with a 15 and 6 year old. Was very average. Lots of building work going on whilst we were there. Ok if you don't have anything else to do and want to kill time for an hour.

5. Monastery and Church of St. Francis

Castropola, Pula, Croatia
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Monastery and Church of St. Francis

Reviewed By malcar12 - Manchester, United Kingdom

A lovely spot with calm ambiance, worth the 9 Krona admission. A touch of history and architecture, lightened by the tortoises in the central area

6. Temple Of Augustus

Forum Ulica, Pula, Croatia +385 52 219 197
Excellent
30%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 856 reviews

Temple Of Augustus

Reviewed By sew hok L

This beautiful ancient Roman temple of Augustus was badly damaged during world war 2 and with the help of two Italian builders it was painstakingly rebuilt using all the retrievable damaged stones and materials. So hats off to the two gentlemen that we could still marvel at this beauty of the old days. It’s location is in the middle of the old town square next to the Venetian styled town hall. Well worth a visit to appreciate Roman architecture.

7. Museum Olei Histriae

Ulica Svetog Teodora | 1a, Pula 52100, Croatia +385 52 661 235
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Museum Olei Histriae

Reviewed By Liesbeth7 - Tongeren, Belgium

This museum experience consists of two parts: a museum part and a tasting experience. First you go trough the museum-part with explanatory panels and pictures on the history of olive oil making and archeological finds in the Istria region (with audio guide). This was very...MoreDear Liesbeth, thank you so much for reviewing us, we are really happy you enjoyed the visit and learned something new. Greetings from all the Museum team! :-)

8. The Town Hall (City Palace)

Forum - Narodni trg, Pula, Croatia
Excellent
21%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 157 reviews

The Town Hall (City Palace)

Reviewed By sigzag - Peyia, Cyprus

Very nice building at the main square as you walk down the pedestrian area. During the summer season you will find many Performances of various kinds and some times marketsstalls producing local handicraft. Yes it is a very busy place and some Performances are good and some are for different generations. Enjoy.

9. Kastel

Kastel Hill | Gradinski uspon 6, Pula 52100, Croatia +385 52 211 566
Excellent
29%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 352 reviews

Kastel

Reviewed By Flavius P - Hateg, Romania

The observation tower of the venetian fortress is the highest point in Pula so it offers a beatiful Panorama over the whole city. At night you have a nice view over the Arena which is lit up. Also from the fortress you can see the Small Roman Theatre. Here is also hosted a museum on the liberation of Istria from the fascists.

10. Benazic Winery

Valdebechki Put 36, Pula 52100, Croatia +385 97 798 7643
Excellent
90%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 40 reviews

Benazic Winery

Benazic winery is a family owned business in the city of Pula. Placed just 2 kilometers away from the city center the winery offers you a taste of Istria by trying wines, brandys, cheese, olive oil and many other products. The family is proud to say that they are owners of numerous awards that are won trough the years of their work.

Reviewed By KateSL10 - Troms, Norway

The winetasting was a great, the expirience was very intresting and relaxing in the heat. Katarina, our "guide", was very informative and nice. The wine was delicious, and we ended up buying several bottles, and went back another time just to enjoy a glas. We tried 5 different types of wine with a Istrian plate and cake, and where very satisfied, also the price was low, so we got a lot for the money.
We highly reccomend visiting the place.

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