Pula Croatia is the largest town in Istria. Located at the southern tip of the peninsula, the town stretches on and beneath seven hills. Maybe this was the reason Romans chose Pula for their important administrative center. It might be that this town on seven hills reminded them of Rome. Today, Pula is important shipbuilding center, but also a tourist center.
The town and its Riviera hide some of the best beaches in Istria. Pula posses a wealth of historical sites and examples of roman architecture. The most famous town's site is roman amphitheater. It is well-preserved. Also, it is a venue for summer festivals and concerts. Town's history is right in front of your eyes. You can touch it and feel it everywhere you go within the old town.
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Pula Croatia at a glance
Best time to visit Pula Croatia is during the summer. Beside beaches, you can enjoy many concerts and festivals taking place during the summer months. Dimension Festival, an underground electronic music festival, and Outlook Festival, bass music and sound system culture festival, take place at the beginning of September. Film festival takes place in mid-July, as well as Sea Splash Festival.
Food in Pula: Majority of the restaurants offer typical Croatian restaurants fare: pizza, pasta, risotto and grill for affordable prices. You can have a light lunch or dinner for 6-8€. However, there are some great restaurants in and around town, if you are ready to indulge in a delightful feast. Batelina, in a neighboring village of Banjole, is the best seafood restaurant in the entire Croatia. Restaurants Ribarska koliba (Fisherman's cottage), Villa Nera, Amfiteatar, taverns Vodnjanka, Kazun, Alla Beccaccia, and Ulika will satisfy any foodies.
Accommodation: There are few hotels in downtown, but many apartments rentals. You'll find majority of the hotels south of the town's center, in Verudela neighborhood. Beside hotels and apartments rentals, there is one hostel in Pula and many campsites. Located at the very seafront, this hostel has a nice beach. The only campsite located within the town is campsite Stoja. Others campsites, you can find in the neighboring villages.
Transportation: Pula serves as a main regional hub for a variety of public transit options. The airport is only 5 km from city center. This is a small airport that gets busy only during the summer. Majority of companies flying into Pula are charter companies. However, during the summer Ryan Air flies into Pula from Oslo, Brussels, Paris, London and Frankfurt. During the winter the only scheduled flight is from Pula to Zagreb. Although Pula has a train station, traveling on train isn't very practical in Istria. Regional railroads run west to Slovenia, and not east to Croatia. Trains are old, slow, and not frequent. Town's main bus station is 15 minutes walk from the town's center. Although there are some intercity bus connections, they are still too infrequent to travel conveniently by bus. The best way to travel in and around the region is still by your own car. To move within and around the town, you can use town buses. The single way ticket range from 0,9 € (town ride) to 2,7 € depending on the distance you go. The town is not very big and you can move on foot or bicycle.
Pula beaches are among the best beaches in this Croatian region. Istria has a pretty rocky coast and to find a decent beach is a bit of a stretch. There are no beaches or swimming areas in downtown Pula, but from Stoja neighborhood south, there are many swimming areas. Valovine, Valkane, Valsaline, Zlatne stjene are just some of popular beaches in the town. Verudela peninsula is very touristy with lots of hotels, but you'll also find the best pebble beaches there.
Parking in Pula: There is many designated parking lots in downtown Pula. Pula Parking is in charge of parking lots. Parking costs from 4 kn (0,5 €) to 15 kn (2 €) per hour depending on the zone. Just below town's amphitheater, at the waterfront, there is a huge parking with 200 parking spaces. It is convenient to park your car there if you are visiting Pula for couple of hours. Amphitheater is just above, 2 minutes walk, and other historical sites are within 10 minutes walk from the parking.
Internet in Pula: Most of the hotels offer free WiFi connection, as well as many bars and restaurants. However, the connection is not open, and you'll need to ask a password to connect.