The industrial port city of Pula lies on Istria’s southern tip. The Ancient Romans founded Pula in the first century BC, and the well-preserved Roman amphitheater still dominates the city center. Known to locals as the Arena, it hosts open-air summer concerts and the annual Pula Film Festival. Pula is the largest coastal city and port of Istria, Croatia.

The city has a population of about 20,000 and is located on the northern coast. You can take day trips out from the city to explore the region’s prestigious wine country and even taste some of the country’s best olive oil.

Roman Amphitheater in Pula, Croatia
Roman Amphitheater in Pula, Croatia

Croatia’s Adriatic coastline has become a popular vacation destination in recent years, drawing tourists from around the globe to its mix of charming cities, welcoming locals, and beautiful sandy beaches. Among Croatia’s many popular tourist destinations, Pula stands out as one of the best places to go on your next yacht charter vacation due to its combination of beautiful waterscapes and interesting historical buildings. Read on to learn more about why you should book your next vacation aboard a yacht in Pula, Croatia!

Pula | Things to see and do

  • See the Arena. This Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 1st century, the outstanding Arena overlooks the port steps away. Originally designed to seat close to 20,000 people, today, it hosts open-air concerts in the summer and fall.
  • Walk to Forum Square. Originally the Roman forum, nowadays, this is Pula’s main square. It is overlooked by the Temple of Augustus, built between 2 BC and AD 14.
  • Browse the stalls at Pula’s Trznica (covered market). This elegant two-floor iron-and-steel building opened in 1903. Stallholders sell everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to fresh fish, meat, and cheeses. It’s a treat for all your senses.
  • Next up, stop at the House of Istrian Olive Oil to learn about olive oil. Istria, similar to Italy, is known for some of Europe’s best olive oil and cannot be missed. While there, be sure to take a bottle or two home with you.
  • See the Lighting Giants on Uljank island in Pula Bay. Each evening at dusk, eight industrial cranes are bathed in colored lighting.
  • Try scuba diving with the Orca Diving Center. Your yacht Captain and crew will arrange such excursions, so note your desires on your preference form.
  • Visit Kamenjak Nature Park on the Premantura peninsula, south of Pula city center. Here you can try windsurfing with Windsurf Station.
  • Dine on Istrian seafood specialties. Konoba Batelina in the waterside suburb of Banjole is a sound choice.

Marinas and Anchorages

  • ACI Marina Pula is located in the heart of the historic harbor, within a short distance from the Arena. The marina has 194 berths, a restaurant, and a customs office.

Close to Pula are the following towns and cities in Istria:

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