Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pula Travel Guide

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Almost at the tip of the Istrian Peninsula, the town of Pula busily goes about her industrial day amid first century Roman ruins, Byzantine churches, Austrian forts, and water so stunningly blue that it mesmerizes with every glance. Still, Pula is not the quaint, charming, relaxed town of her Istrian sisters. She is hard working and industrious, busy fishing, building boats, and in general, making a living. Pula still has much to offer the patient visitor, however. Her roots run deep into history. The nearby Cave of Sandaja is the site of a Paleolithic find of Homo erectus inhabitants from a million years ago. Following in those footsteps, hill forts containing tools and jewelry of the Proto Illyrians marked the coming of the Bronze Age. Ruins from the first century, such as the incredibly intact arena, and the Augustan Forum, provide reminders of a period of Roman rule. The city was destroyed once, in the midst of the Roman area, and once by an invasion of the Ostrogoths, eventually giving way to Byzantine, Austrian, Italian, and Yugoslavian rule. It's no wonder that the people of Pula speak so many languages in addition to their own. A reflective day spent exploring the city's past easily leads to an evening spent enjoying the area’s finest wine, seafood, olive oil, and delicious black and white truffles.

Where is Pula?

Pula is the largest city in Istria. It's situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, with a population of about 60,000.

Pula Tourist Board

Forum 3, Pula
+385 (0)52 219 197

Attractions and Activities in Pula

1. The Arena: 1st century Roman amphitheatre, one of best preserved in the world
2. Church of Our Sea Lady: Amazing church with a monument of Mother Teresa
3. Temple of August: Completely preserved; one of majestic twin temples from ancient times
4. Triumphal Arch of Sergius: Arch/golden gate is one of ancient leftovers that mark the Pula map
5. The Punishment of Dirce: Accidently preserved Roman mosaic floor, nice touch for new urbanism
6. Kastel: Castel fortification with its underground tunnels, one of the hidden tourist jewels of Pula
7. The Town Hall: Town Hall or City Palace is one of central points at the old Roman square
8. Aquarium Pula: Nice place to explore sea world
9. Gate of Hercules: Giant city gate from ancient times known for its amazing simplicity
10. Music Festivals at Fort Punta Christo:  Party with thousands at the Seasplash Festival
11. Porer Lighthouse: 1.5 miles from Kamenjak park; overnight stay can be reserved at the lighthouse
12. Kamenjak Beach: Off-road park and beach with crystal clear water

Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Pula

1. Restaurant Milan: Istrian cuisine; Stoja 4, Pula;
2. Restaurant Farabuto: Istrian cuisine; Mediterranean cuisine; Sisplac 15, Pula;
3. Restaurant Oasi: Mediterranean cuisine; Pjescana uvala X/12a, Pula;
4. Restaurant Splendid: Istrian cuisine; Narodni trg 9, Pula;
5. Restaurant Maretta: Istrian cuisine; Centar 3, Pula;

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Hotels and Accommodations in Pula

1. Hotel Palma: Beautiful hotel at the seaside; 3-star; $; Verudela bb, Pula;
2. Hotel Galija: Modern and affordable hotel; 3-star; $; Epulonova 3, Pula;
3. Park Plaza Histria Pula: Fun hotel; 4-star; $$; Verudela 17, Pula;
4. Boutique Hotel Oasi: Very nice hotel; 4-star; $$; Pješčana uvala X/12a, Pula;
5. Hotel Pula: Cozy hotel; 3-star; $; Sisplac 31, Pula;

Camps near Pula

1. Puntizela camping: Very nice location; 2-star; Puntizela 155, Pula;
2. Stoja Camping: Nice wooden camp; 3-star; Stoja 37, Pula;
3. Camp Indije: Peninsula camp; 1-star; Indije 96, Banjole;
4. Camp Diana: Nice beaches; 3-star; Kastanjez 100, Banjole;
5. Camp Pomer: Bay camp; 2-star; Pomer bb, Medulin;

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Google Map of Recommendations for Pula

See Best of Istria Google Map for additional recommendations of places to see and things to do in Pula.

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