The industrial port city of Pula lies on Istria’s southern tip. The Ancient Romans founded Pula in the first-century BC, and still today the well-preserved Roman amphitheater dominates the city centre. Known to locals as the Arena, it hosts open-air summer concerts and the annual Pula Film Festival.
Pula – Things to See and Do
- Firstly, see the Arena. This Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 1st century, overlooks the port. Originally designed to seat close to 20,000 people, today it hosts open-air concerts.
- Secondly, walk to the Forum Square. Originally the Roman forum, nowadays this is Pula’s main square. It is overlooked by the Temple of Augustu, built between 2 BC and AD 14.
- In addition, browse the stalls at Pula’s Trznica (covered market). This elegant two-floor iron-and-steel building opened in 1903. Stall holders vend seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, meat, and cheeses.
- After that, call at the House of Istrian Olive Oil to learn about olive oil.
- Certainly see the Lighting Giants on Uljank island in the Pula Bay. Here, each evening at dusk, eight industrial cranes are bathed in a show of colored lighting.
- Try scuba diving with the Orca Diving Center.
- Visit Kamenjak Nature Park on the Premantura peninsula, south of Pula city center, to try windsuring with Windsurf Station.
- In conclusion, dine on Istrian seafood specialties. Konoba Batelina in the waterside suburb of Banjole is a sound choice.
Marinas and Anchorages
- ACI Marina Pula 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.