Pula is the largest city in northern Croatia, in the region of Istria. It is the seventh largest city in the country and is a perfect base for a nice trip along the highlights of Istria. But the city is also a great destination to spend a few days. The city is known for its fantastic Roman buildings with the amphitheater as the absolute highlight. What to do in Pula, Croatia? These are the best sights to see in Pula
Although Pula is the seventh largest city in Croatia, the city is not incredibly large. The main Pula sights are easily explored on foot and, in principle, one or two days will be enough. The below mentioned things to do in Pula can be found on the map below. Including the correct addresses.
The Roman amphitheater of Pula
Last best is sometimes said, but in this case we’ll just start with the most beautiful Pula sight. The Roman amphitheater of Pula is one of the best preserved amphitheaters in the world and is the main attraction of the city. The theater was built in the first century AD by order of Emperor Vespasian. The amphitheater also called the Arena of Pula was once used as an arena for gladiator competitions that attracted some 20,000 spectators. Today, the amphitheater is regularly used during hot days for concerts and other festivities in the city.
- The amphitheater is open daily and can be visited for 70 kuna per person. The entrance fee for children is 30 kuna.
- Entrance tickets for the Pula Arena can also be purchased online
Admire the light show in the harbor
Although the city is located right on the Adriatic Sea, it is not necessarily a beach destination. In fact, a large part of the coast consists of the port where the largest ships dock daily. However, the port is not only important for shipping. During the summer months, festivals and events are regularly organized here. For example, during the summer months you can enjoy a crazy light show every evening. Every hour, from 9 pm onwards, the ships in the harbor are beautifully lit for fifteen minutes. So go there in the summer!
The Temple of Augustus
The amphitheater is not the only Roman landmark in Pula. The Temple of Augustus stands in the center, in the central square also called the Forum. The Temple of Augustus is one of the Roman remains in the city and has been completely reconstructed. Inside the building is a small museum. Around the temple of Augustus you can enjoy a cool drink on one of the terraces.
Things to do in Pula: Enjoy the most beautiful beaches
Although the city is not immediately the perfect beach destination because of the huge harbor, anyone who loves beaches will still find the right place in this region. The beaches are located slightly outside the city, but are all beautiful. The most beautiful beaches of Pula are Ambrela Beach, Gortanova Beach and Pjescana Uvala Beach.
The arch of Sergii
Another important landmark in the center of Pula is the Arch of Sergii. The Roman monument is also called the Golden Gate and was built between 27 and 29 BC. The city gate and wall were destroyed, but the arch has always remained standing. The arch of Sergii is one of the most impressive landmarks in the city.
Dive into nature in the nature reserve Kamenjak
Have you discovered all the sights in Pula and do you want to relax on the most beautiful beaches and enjoy a beautiful nature reserve? Then Cape Kamenjak is the place you want to be. Cape Kamenjak is a peninsula south of the city and has fantastic cliffs and a special flora and fauna. You can take lovely walks here, kayak or just enjoy the peace and quiet. The perfect place to end your city break Pula
Go on a day trip to other stunning destinations
Pula is the largest city in the Istria region, but not necessarily the most beautiful. If you travel to Pula, then I definitely recommend that you set aside time for some great day trips. For example, visit the romantic town of Rovinj or take a day trip to Porec. Crazy about nature? Then drive into the amazing towns in Istria. You’ll be amazed, I promise.
How to get to Pula?
The city lies in the popular Istria region and has its own airport. So flying to Pula is an excellent option for a vacation in Croatia. You can also use the city as a starting point for your Croatia road trip, but you can also discover the most beautiful places in Istria from the city. The best way to compare prices of airline tickets to Pula is by using Skyscanner. With a little luck you can fly to this beautiful destination for just a few dollars per person.
Where to stay
In terms of accommodation, there are many options in the city. From cheap hostels to luxury boutique hotels. We spent the night in an apartment right in the center of the city with a view of the impressive amphitheater from our balcony. An absolute must! Below we have listed some more fine accommodations for you: