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Pula Area holidays

Croatia’s Pula region – also known as the Istrian Riviera – is a triangular peninsula that dangles off the Adriatic coast just below Slovenia and the north-east coast of Italy. The Pula region’s resorts are built for fun and sun, but it’s also packed with ancient treasures waiting to be discovered.

Language

Croatian

Currency

Croatian Kuna

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around 15 kuna a bottle

3 course meal

from around 100 kuna

Flight times

3-3.45hrs

Historically popular

The Romans, the Venetians and the Austrians have all ruled the Pula region at one time or another. And it’s easy to see why they were so keen on the spot. It comes with 250km of sun-soaked coastline backed by dense forests, hill-hugging villages and rocky cliffs.

Modern resorts

The region is a summer holiday hotspot and a sprinkling of modern resorts has sprung up to cater for the sun-seeking crowds. Pula town, Rovinj, Poreč, Umag and Medulin are all geared towards fun and sun, but look more closely and you’ll still find plenty of traditional charm.

Ancient attractions

The Romans have left their mark all over the region – the beautifully preserved amphitheatre in Pula is a real highlight. It’s actually one of the largest surviving Roman amphitheatres in the world! But you should keep your eyes peeled for Venetian architecture too, especially in the port town of Rovinj.

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Umag

The pretty old town of Umag is all burnt orange roofing and mazes of old-world streets, encased in tall walls.

Opatija

An old celebrity favourite, Opatija is almost equal parts views and history.

Porec

An Italian-accented town on the Adriatic coast, Poreč mixes beautiful natural scenery with architectural heritage and plenty of seaside fun.

Beaches

Most of the resorts are fronted by places to bathe rather than your typical beach, but you’ll find some pretty pebbled stretches around both Rovinj and Poreč. If you’re craving the feeling of sand between your toes, plonk your towel down on a family-friendly plot over in Medulin.

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Amarin Beach

Amarin Beach

Rovinj, Pula Area

Amarin Beach, with a Blue Flag and warm waters, is the perfect spot for some fun in the sun and sea. You can hire deckchairs to catch some rays and top up your tan. It is part of the resort and there is a small...
Beach Ambrela

Beach Ambrela

Pula (Resort of), Pula Area

This pristine beach is popular with families for its calm waters. There are deck chairs, umbrellas and sun loungers to rent, as well as showers on-site. If you can’t take the heat, there’s plenty of shade just...

Sights

The Arena in Pula town is one of the largest surviving Roman amphitheatres in the whole world, and rivals the Colosseum in terms of its magnificent preservation. The streets of Rovinj are lined with beautiful Venetian architecture, while Poreč is home to a seriously impressive Romanesque basilica.

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14th-century walls

14th-century walls

Umag, Pula Area

Because of its turbulent history, much of Umag’s ancient architecture has been destroyed. But some relics of ancient times still exist and are worth a look. Next to the Town Museum you can see the preserved...
Arco dei Sergi

Arco dei Sergi

Pula (Resort of), Pula Area

Fans of ancient Roman architecture will love the Arch of the Sergii. It was built in the first century by Salvia Postuma Sergii, to honour the members of her family who fought in the Battle of Actium – the war...

Activities

The Pula region is just as pretty inland as it is by the sea. Take yourself on a walking tour through its rambling countryside, admiring the mountain views, medieval settlements and lush vineyards along the way. It’s a web of natural wonders, so getting out and about is essential.

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A trip to Volosko

A trip to Volosko

Opatija, Pula Area

Set on the northern edge of Opatija, Volosko is one of the prettiest places on this stretch of the Adriatic coastline. It oozes traditional charm and local character, its delightful narrow alleys are filled...
Angiolina Park

Angiolina Park

Opatija, Pula Area

Set in the grounds of an opulent Roman Villa built in 1844, the Angiolina Park is a lush 3.4-acre oasis divided into 60 fields filled with plants from around the world. The villa plays host to the Croatian...

Eating and drinking

The local cuisine has more than a hint of Italy about it – you’ll find plenty of pasta and risotto dishes on the menu. The seafood tends to be top-notch and fresh from the net. For a hearty Istrian specialty, tuck into a bowl of manestra, a sort of vegetable stew.

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Dine around the Port of Rovinj

Dine around the Port of Rovinj

Rovinj, Pula Area

The lively port of Rovinj is a great place to enjoy a coffee or a meal as you sit and watch the world go by. Choose from the many cafés and restaurants that line the harbour. Whether you’re in the mood for an...
Giannino

Giannino

Rovinj, Pula Area

Giannino is known for serving great fish dishes at reasonable prices with a wine list to match. The menu depends on the catch of the day brought in by the local fishermen, anything from lobster to sea bass. But...

Shopping

Souvenir-seekers won’t go home empty-handed. The local markets are brimming with handicrafts, from red coral jewellery to earthenware jugs – it’s a real mixture of wares. Foodies won’t be able to resist the lavender honey, olive oil and fresh truffles. From stalls to malls, you’ll really find it all.

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Carrera Street

Carrera Street

Rovinj, Pula Area

The bustling pedestrianised Carrera Street is lined with shops of all kinds. You can snap up shoes and clothing as well as interesting souvenirs for the folks back home, like sea shells and local grape brandy....
Craft shops by the sea

Craft shops by the sea

Rabac, Pula Area

Browse Rabac’s selection of shops along the waterfront that sell novelty beach toys, clothing and unique gifts and souvenirs. You can buy handmade goods and local products, plus all the essentials. If you’re a...

Nightlife

In the towns, the after-hours scene is usually quite laid-back, with cosy bars and street musicians serenading the squares. But Pula, Umag and Poreč all come with their fair share of beach bars where the party doesn’t stop until dawn. Whatever you fancy, there’s a night out for you.

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Beachfront bars

Beachfront bars

Vrsar, Pula Area

Sunset is the best time to visit one of the many bars dotted along the beachfront. You can sit back with a glass of one of the world-famous wines produced locally and admire the view. During the day, bars are...
Cool café-bars

Cool café-bars

Pula (Resort of), Pula Area

Enjoy a relaxing break for refreshments, surrounded by the bustling goings on of Pula's historical streets and piazzas. After a hard day's sightseeing, you may be tempted by one of the city's various coffee...
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