I smile just to think about Pula beaches. Actually anytime I write beaches and Istria within the same sentence, it makes me smile. OK, let me repeat it again, beaches in Istria are not really the beaches, but rather a rocky coast where people swim.
This post should be called something like “Best places to swim in Pula”, but for the romance of the term, I'll call it a beach.
Pula actually has some nice, pebble beaches (the good). The problem is that the nicer they are, the more crowded they get (the bad). But there are some Pula beaches, that you just learn to love over the time, although they are not really that nice (the ugly). Their biggest advantage is that they offer lots of shade, and the sea is really clear.
Beach Ambrela is probably the nicest beach in Pula. Located at the tourist resort Punta Verudela, 4 km away from the center of Pula, beach Ambrela is a pebble beach. The beach is just below hotel Brioni. There are lots of bars & restaurants in the vicinity. However, the beach gets really crowded. There isn't much shadow at the beach.
Beach Havajsko is a small pebble beach, at Punta Verudela, just below hotel Park. This is a very small beach. However it is a nice, pebble beach. It gets crowded. There are lots of bars & restaurants in the vicinity.
Beach Valsaline is a small, pebble beach, located in the neighborhood of the same name. Valsaline is mostly rocky beach with a small pebble part. This beach is popular among backpackers from the nearby hostel (actually beach hostel).
Beach Valovine is located in the bay of the same name. This beach has a small sandy part, although it is mostly rocky. This beach is very popular for relaxed and easy dives. There are many underwater caves and one underwater canyon.
Beach Valkane is active beach with lots of sport facilities, including beach volleyball, soccer, and tennis fields. There are few bars and restaurants around, and the nice wooded area just off the beach.