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The remarkable coastal Pula is where millennia-old history and culture meet the awesome outdoors. Once an ancient Roman walled city, you can explore one of the world’s largest ancient Roman amphitheatres, as well as other historical reminders of the various peoples who have lived there. Beautiful beaches lie along the coast, and the stunning nearby Brijuni Islands are great for swimming, diving, sailing, and windsurfing. Further south on the "tip of Istria" is the tourist resort of Medulin with luxurious sandy beaches and campsites.

A Captivating City

The captivating city of Pula is the largest city in Istria, and was once a significant Roman port, surrounded by a wall and ten gates, four of which remain today. The imposing Roman amphitheatre, built between 27 BC and 68 AD, is now home to a museum and makes a thrilling venue for concerts, festivals and film screenings.

Other Roman sites include the grand Triumphal Arch of the Sergi dating from 29 BC, and the impressive Temple of Rome and Augustus, built in the 1st century, which houses a museum. You can also see the charming yet fragile Chapel of St Mary dating from the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century. The quaint neighbouring towns of Vodnjan, Fazana and Medulin have their own historical buildings including attractive medieval churches.


Pula has a wealth of intriguing museums showcasing both art and history. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria is worth a visit for its great exhibition of art from 1950 to present day by local and international artists, set in a backdrop of an old printing house. The Archaeological Museum of Istria is also interesting, with ancient stone monuments, prehistoric remains, and late Roman and medieval exhibits. 

other places to stay & visit

  • Pula

    Stay in or near to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Pula to soak in the local history and pure authenticity of the area.

  • Central Istria

    A stunning rural escape, rich in vineyards, fine foods, agritourism and plentiful beaches.

  • Vrsar and Funtana

    These areas offer many gastronomical establishments and some fun outdoor activities to get stuck into.

  • Umag and Novigrad

    With natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage, these locations are attractive with delicious local cuisine.

  • Labin and Robac

    These medieval towns are full of history and offer an array of outdoor activities such as hiking and sea kayaking. 

  • Rovinj

    One of the most beautiful seaside towns in all of Croatia, stay here to experience charm and character.  

A big cultural attraction is the fantastic annual Pula Film Festival held each July, known as “Film Under the Stars” where internationally-acclaimed films are screened outdoors around the city, including in the Roman amphitheatre. Summer time also brings exciting music festivals to the city, such as four-day reggae and dubstep festival Outlook in August, and underground electronic festival Dimensions in September.

Things to do around Pula

Just 14km south of Pula lies the rugged yet beautiful Cape Kamenjak, a protected nature reserve known for swimming and cliff jumping, as well as mountain biking and hiking. Or you can take a 7km boat ride to the gorgeous Brijuni Islands - a national park made up of 14 islands with beaches, archaeological sites, bike trails, a golf course and a safari park. 

  • Cape Kamenjak

  • Brijuni Islands 

There are also wonderful spots around Pula for diving on shipwrecks, windsurfing and sailing. Neighbouring seaside areas Medulin and Liznjan also have superb beaches and other activities. The Medulin Riviera is known for its modern tourist resorts and its variety of lovely sandy, pebbly and rocky beaches, as well as having excellent training facilities for sportspeople. Liznjan is a perfect place for horse-riding and hunting, with various courses and an extensive hunting ground with wild boars, hares, partridges, pheasants and deer.

Food and wine

The fabulous food, wine and culture of Pula have been shaped by the region’s vibrant history, with Italian, Austrian, Hungarian and Slavic influences. Being on the coast, seafood is abundant, so be sure to try regional specialities such as delicious Brodetto fish stew and black cuttlefish risotto as well as Kvarner scampi, sea bass, clams, and oysters. Locally-prepared Italian favourites such as prosciutto and pasta are widely available, often with a delightful Istrian twist. Restaurants also serve sumptuous locally-sourced truffles, olives and Istrian wine, and nearby vineyards offer both wine tastings and tours.

Best beaches

Stoja, Cape Kamenjak, Brijuni Islands, Ližnjan beaches, Medulin’s Bijeca sandy beach.