Book flights to Pula for the perfect Istrian escape. The Istrian Riviera in Croatia is gorgeous and the perfect place to let yourself totally relax, and the city of Pula is a great place to kick off your Croation holiday. Sparkling waters, sun-kissed strands and beautiful Islands are just a glorious cruise away from you when you book flights to Pula, but the city is well worth getting to know too and there’s plenty to see and do - if you can catch an open air concert in the ancient Pula Arena amphitheatre you won’t be disappointed. Book flights to Pula with Ryanair!
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62,000
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Pula offers a mixture of attractions for those interesting of culture and history. Here you can see beautiful attractions like Roman amphitheatre, ancient cathedral, old town and temple of Augustus. Pula also offers fun family entertainment like the Aquarium with open tank with all kind of sea life. A great tourist asset is Pula’s 190 km of coastline with crystal clear sea and beaches that suit everyone´s needs. If you would like to go for a short trip then Brijuni National Park is a great choose, located in an island close to Pula.
Triumphal Arch of the Sergii

The Arch of Sergius (also referred to as the Golden Gate of Pula) commemorates the Sergii, one of the most influential families in the early Roman colony. The arch stood behind the original naval gate of the city and was paid for by the wife of Lepidus, Salvia Postuma. Their names are carved in the stone along with Lucius Sergius and Gaius Sergius. In its original form, statues of the two elders flanked Lepidus on both sides on the top of the arch.

​Address: Giardini, Pula
Aquarium Pula

Pula’s ever-popular aquarium occupies the floor of the city’s 14th-century AustroHungarian fortress. Highlights of the aquarium include the large sea water tanks that contain representatives of North Adriatic flora and fauna and a massive open tank that contains dogfish, sea urchins, crabs and star fish. Visitors can also take a boat ride to get a closer look at the aquarium’s inhabitants.

​Address: Verudela b.b. , Pula​Phone: +385 52 381 402 ​Website: www.aquarium.hr
The Temple of Augustus

Located in the forum, this temple is dedicated to the Roman Emperor Augustus, and was built between the 2 BC and 14 AD, during the reconstruction of the colony. Having served a variety of different functions in its long history, including storing grain and as a church, the statuesque building is now used to house a collection of wonderfully preserved ancient bronze and stone sculptures.

​Address: Forum Ulica, Pula
The Franciscan Church and Monastery

Perched on the hill between the Forum and the upper part of the city, you will find the 14th-century church and monastery of St Francis of Assisi. Now used to house a remarkable collection of stone monuments and copies of Istrian frescoes, the church also hosts classical music concerts in the summer months.

​Address: Castropola, Pula
Brijuni National Park

A short trip out of Pula takes you to the acclaimed Brijuni National Park. This archipelago of islands has long been noted for its outstanding natural beauty and are edged with turquoise waters rich in sea life. A favourite haunt of visiting heads of state and the summer residence of Marshal Tito, from 1949 until his death in 1980, the islands can be reached by boat from Fažana, a village 5km from Pula, which is easily accessible by bus.

​Address: National Park Brijuni, Brijuni ​Phone: +385 52 525 888​Website: www.brijuni.hr
The Cathedral

This ancient religious edifice is formed of an eclectic mix of architectural styles, reflecting the many changes it has undergone in its lengthy history. You can still see some of the 4th century remains on the outside of the church, from a time when the area was used as a refuge by Christians in times of persecution.

​Address: Trg Svetog Tome 2, Pula
Archaeology Museum

The main entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Istria (Arheoloski Muzej Istre) is actually one of the original gates that served as an entry point into the old Roman town. The museum carries a fascinating range of archaeological artefacts from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages from the region. You’ll find architectural highlights on the ground floor, Neolithic and Roman era finds on the first floor, Roman antiquities and medieval period artefacts on the second floor.

​Address: Carrarina Ulica 3, Pula​Phone: +385 52 351 300​Website: www.ami-pula.hr
The Arena

Built during the reign of Emperor Vespasian in the 1st century AD, for an audience of 22,000, Pula’s three-storey Roman amphitheatre is one of the best preserved in the world and the sixth largest in existence. Every year, the arena plays host to Pula’s annual summer festival which brings in famous names from across the globe.

​Address: Scalierova ulica 30, Pula​Phone: +385 52 219 028​Website: www.ami-pula.hr
As a result of its proximity to Italy and its wealth of glorious coastline, Istria has a varied, fresh and sophisticated cuisine which draws on influences from across the Mediterranean and the Adriatic coasts. As the largest town in the region, Pula has a wide range of restaurants serving a refreshing selection of fresh products. The fertile soil of the region gives a distinctive flavour to the olives and grapes which grow near to the sea and the vineyards which give the area its name for great wine and some of the finest olive oil in the country. Istrian cooking takes advantage of many Italian techniques so expect to find an interesting mix of Mediterranean. Along the coast, restaurants serve brancin (sea bass), list (sole), dagnje (mussels), vongole (clams) and kozice-racici (prawns). According to local lore, the seafood tastes better here than elsewhere in the Adriatic and Mediterranean because the waters around Istria are so rich in nutrients.
Milan

Milan is a delicately lit, slightly formal restaurant attached to the pleasant Milan hotel just out of town in Stoja. The menu offers classic food with local produce and basic ingredients.

​Address: Stoja 4, Pula​Phone: +385 52 300 200​Website: www.milan1967.hr
Scaletta

This is a smart restaurant attached to a hotel right in the very heart of town. Expect a strong wine list and plenty of well-executed Italian and Istrian specialities.

​Address: Flavijevska 26, Pula​Phone: +385 52 541 599​Website: www.hotel-scaletta.com
Pizza Jupiter

Pizzeria Jupiter is one of the oldest and most famous pizzeria in Pula. This is a very popular pizzeria located close to the centre of town which specialises in square slices of pizza and offers a range of seasonal toppings.

​Address: Castropola 42, Pula​Phone: +385 52 214 333​Website: www.pizzeriajupiter.com
Fantazija

Fantazija is a cosy restaurant with over 20 years of experience. The menu offers a wide selection of wines and culinary delights. Here you can choose from a rich selection of meat and fish with a combination of local and international cuisine.

​Address: Palisina 29, Pula​Phone: +385 52 506 306​Website: www.fantasia-pula.hr
Konoba Istriana

Konoba Istriana is located approx. 5 km from Pula city centre. This popular restaurant is well-visited by both locals and tourists and they serve regional specialities and fresh seafood. Take a seat on their outdoor terrace and enjoy the tasty food and the welcoming ambience.

​Address: Pomer 331, Pula​Phone: +385 95 904 4004​Website: www.konoba-istriana.com
Relax in one of the places to enjoy coffee or tea after a full day of historical sightseeing. You will find many coffee shops on the street Forum, where the Temple of Augustus stands, a square described as a bustling piazza with many nice venues.
Kunstkafe Cvajner

This bright and airy café is situated in the heart of the city’s historic centre and serves good light meals and sandwiches. It offers wireless internet access.

​Address: Forum 2, Pula​Phone: +385 52 216 502
Café Uliks

This 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.

​Address: Trg Portarata 1, Pula​Phone: +385 52 219 158
Café Bar Bass

The atmosphere in Café Bar Bass is described as a comfortable and relaxed venue where the staff gives you quality service. They also play live music here and offer Internet access.

​Address: Širolina 3, Pula​Phone: +385 99 831 9051
QTime

Qtime coffee & food located on the square Portarata offering a variety of hot and cold drinks, cocktails and wine. If you would like to have something to eat with your coffee they serve pastries, croissants, bruscetta and various types of salads.

​Address: Trg Portarata, Pula​Phone: +385 52 554 031
Café Diana

This café has been around since 1973 and is located on the Forum with a beautiful view over the Town Hall and the Temple of Augustus. The interior is described as tasteful, made of wood and marble. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the outside terrace.

​Address: Forum 4, 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. Although local law forbid city-centre bars from opening beyond midnight, Pula does have a number of sociable and picturesque venues just outside the middle of town.
Club Uljanik

Club Uljanik is situated by the harbour’s edge in the city centre. This nightspot offers various musical events and hosts both live bands and DJ's. For students they have numerous offers.

​Address: Dobrilina 2, Pula​Phone: +385 95 901 8811​Website: www.clubuljanik.hr
Aruba

Aruba features a stylish outside bar and two rooms dedicated to funky house and beats. This is one of the best places in the city to kick back in the company of Pula’s discerning clubbing fraternity.

​Address: Šijanska cesta 1, Pula​Phone: +385 91 2219 218​Website: www.arubaclub-pula.com
E&D Bistro-Lounge Bar

E&D Bistro-Lounge Bar opened in 1997 and located in the large tourist resort Verudela in Pula. Here you can relax in the outside area next to the swimming pool with a cocktail or beer. If you are feeling hungry they also offers Mediterranean dishes. In the summer time various worldwide DJ´s plays mixed music.

​Address: Verudela 22, Pula​Phone: +385 52 213 404​Website: www.eanddlounge.com
Luna`s Lounge & Bar

Luna`s Lounge & Bar is located in the hotel The Park Plaza Histria. Here you can drink you favourite cocktail prepared by multiple award-winning bar staff in a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Open daily 6 pm – 12 pm.

​Address: Verudella 17, Pula​Phone: +385 52 590 000​Website: www.parkplaza.com​More info: Located in the Park Plaza Histria
Pietas Julija

Pietas Julija is located next to the sea. The night club and bar offers a wide selection of cocktails. The music played here is usually techno, electronic and house. The venue is quite large and can hold up to 500 people. It is very popular among locals and visitors.

​Address: Riva 20, Pula​Phone: +385 91 181 1911​Website: www.pietasjulia.com
Pula’s bustling central market is built in the heart of the city and is home to a wide range of modern and traditional shops. Under the glass arches of the 19th century iron framed covered market, you’ll find the area’s largest fish market, which is best visited early in the morning when the brackish catch of a truly vast range of seafood is at its freshest. Look out for Brancin (sea perch) and fresh Dagnje (mussels), which are specialities of the region. Traditional handicrafts can be bought from a number of souvenir shops near the Arch of the Sergeii, and there is an annual handicrafts festival held in the Portarata square every summer. For excellent wines, olive oil and the region´s most precious fungus, the truffle, visit Zigante on the edge of the market place. Outside of town on the way to the airport, Mercator mall is home to a wide range of affordable, ready to wear international brands and electronics stores.
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Pula Airport

Pula international airport is just 5km outside the city and taxis are available for hire outside the building next to the bus terminal. Buses and taxis both operate into Pula and other area destinations. A one way bus ticket to Pula from the airport costs 30 kuna and the taxi fare is approx.100-140 kuna.

​Address: Pula Airport​Phone: +385 52 530 105​Website: www.airport-pula.com​More info: Prices updated January 2014
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