Holidays to Pula
Attractive Pula is waiting to impress
Pula sits at the base of the Istrian peninsula on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. This historical city is one of the largest in the region with a population of around 62,000, and it’s growing in popularity as the place to see among frequent visitors to Croatia. An international airport to the north-east of the city means it is a convenient destination too. Pula remains mild during the winter and hot throughout the summer due to its Mediterranean climate. Rain is at its most frequent between September and January, but not enough to spoil your stay.
History and architecture
One of the most famous sites in Pula is its amphitheatre. The arena was built in the 1st century AD at the same time as Rome’s world-famous Colosseum. The site is not only a significant historical destination, but is also the setting for a series of events throughout the year including re-enactments of gladiator fights. The Temple of Augustus may be even older than the amphitheatre and is dedicated to the goddess Roma and Emperor Augustus. Find the Arch of the Sergi, otherwise known as the Golden Gate, to the west of the city and admire an ancient construction that is richly appointed. Pay a visit to the ancient Roman Forum to discover Agrippina’s House. This archaeological site features traces of architecture that stretch back over 3,000 years. Head to the underground galleries of Zerostrasse for a unique view of Pula’s Austro-Hungarian past in the centre of town.
After educating yourself on the area’s history and having taken in its most memorable landmarks, you can enjoy a hike along the coast or rent bikes to travel at a faster pace. Horse-riding is another way of exploring the region, and you can also take in the scenery from the water. There are a number of sailing clubs in the city where you can charter a boat or take part in various watersports. Try your hand at windsurfing, go paddle boarding, or spend time diving for a view of Pula’s aquatic inhabitants. Spending a day or two doing nothing may be part of your plan, and Pula holidays offer many opportunities to do this, too. Book in at a spa for a relaxing massage or attend a calming yoga class.
Whether it’s morning, noon or night, you’ll have the chance to sample the culinary delights in which Croatia quietly excels. Traditional Istrian dishes fuse influences from Italy, Austro-Hungary and Venetia to satisfy the most demanding of food travellers. Platters of cheese, olives and dried ham similar to nearby Italy’s prosciutto are common additions to restaurant menus. Cevapcici are small seasoned sausages to look out for, as they are a common dish served throughout Croatia. Skampi buzara, a classic Croatian seafood stew, is also a must if you want to savour freshly-caught shellfish and leave feeling satisfied.