Visit Pula – What to see and do in Pula
Pula is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula and offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three thousand year old history, where every step you take through the Old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheatre.
While strolling through Pula you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture. A unique experience will be moments of relaxation in the main town square, which has managed to retain its role as the meeting place since the Augustan Age. Pula has three thousand year old history is this enough to visit Pula?
Like the rest of the region, Pula is known for its mild climate, smooth sea, and unspoiled nature. The city has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. Pula has been Istria’s administrative centre since ancient Roman times. You’ll have what to do in Pula once when you visit it.
What to see in Pula
The most famous is amphitheatre from 1st century, which is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world and locally is known as the Arena. This is one of the best preserved amphitheatres from antiquity and is still in use today during Summer Film Festivals.
Temple of Rome and Augustus
Two other notable and well-preserved ancient Roman structures are the 1st century AD triumphal arch, the Arch of the Sergii and the co-eval temple of Rome and Augustus, built in the 1st century AD.
The Twin Gates (Porta Gemina) is one of the few remaining gates after the city walls were pulled down at the beginning of the 19th century. It dates from the mid-2nd century,
The Gate of Hercules dates from the 1st century. At the top of the single arch one can see the bearded head of Hercules, carved in high-relief, and his club on the adjoining voussoir.
The Augustan Forum
Two Roman theatres: the smaller one near the centre, the larger one on the southern edge of the city.
The Byzantine chapel of St Mary Formosa was built in the 6th century (before 546) in the form of a Greek cross. It was, together with another chapel, part of a Benedictine abbey that was demolished in the 16th century.
Church of St Francis
The Church of St Francis dates from the end of the 13th century. It was built in 1314 in late Romanesque style with Gothic additions such as the rose window.
The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the 6th century, when Pula became the seat of a bishopry; it was enlarged in the 10th century.
The Orthodox Church of St Nicholas with its Ravenna-style polygonal apse, originally dates from the 6th century, but was partially rebuilt in the 10th century.
Historical Museum of Istria
The star-shaped castle with four bastions is situated on top of the central hill of the old city. Today houses the Historical Museum of Istria. Close by, on the north-eastern slopes, one can see the remains of a 2nd century theatre.
The Archaeological Museum of Istria
The Archaeological Museum of Istria is situated in the park on a lower level than the Roman theatre and close to the Twin Gates. It displays treasures from Pula and surroundings from prehistory until the middle Ages.
What to do in Pula
With walking to the health
Pula walking paths are not demanding. However, they are very suitable for the rehabilitation of cardiac patients or from other diseases because passing mainly by the sea or wooded areas.
From tourist areas routes passing to Stoja, Lungomare, Sandy Bay and forest areas of Valdebek, Valmade and forest park Sijan. Clean air and stroll are the best guarantee rapid rehabilitation.
Eight trails are marked by special marks according to animals which carry the name. They stretch over a length of 40 kilometres.
Pula is known for tennis courts. Distances of tennis centres from the city centre are 2km to 4km.
Are you for Scuba Diving?
Pula has dozens of sunken ships which are very valuable to dive. During a dive, you may encounter to pieces of amphorae – the remains of the old Roman shipwreck. Pula has several diving centres and you will not be deprived of any professional help if you are in need.
Two kilometres from the city of Pula, in the heart of Sijanska forests, is the world of entertainment and sports – go-cart track Green Garden. In a completely natural environment with natural barriers that complete the quality and dynamics of the game. The terrain is spread on area of 2500m² which is more than enough for many fun games.
Maybe you should try skydiving
SKYDIVE ADRIA is organized by parachuting Club and everyone which eager of adrenaline and superior experience of free fall are able to experience this phenomenal air adventure. Good luck!
Gastronomy of Pula
Pula primarily offers rich Istrian cuisine with a variety of local products. Mostly dishes with pasta, gnocchi, and “fuzi” served with various sauces.
Cafes and Bars in Pula
Café Uliks is a must for any fans of James Joyce, the Irish author who worked in Pula as a teacher in the early 20th century. The statue of Joyce sitting meditatively at the entrance to the café is a particularly nice touch.
Nightlife in Pula
Laws in Pula restrict bar opening hours, meaning that most venues are closed by midnight and nightlife is limited to a number of bars in the Veruda area of the city as well as a few larger clubs northeast of the centre. Pula does have a number of sociable and picturesque venues just outside the middle of town.