The magnificent city of Pula is a seafront city located in the south of the Istria peninsula. It’s approximately 32 kilometers south west of the famous Cagliari. The city is popular for its spectacular climate, pristine beaches and ancient Roman ruins. Pula is a relatively small city with a population of around 57,460 people despite being Istria’s administrative since ancient Roman times.
Pula is the ultimate holiday destination known for its long tradition of wine making, ship building, fishing and archaeology. Roman ruins can be found in most parts of the city which now serve as great archaeological tourist attractions filled with plenty of vibrant cafes and restaurants lending an aura of holiday fever. There are many ways of getting to Pula with the easiest being via ferry. For instance, a tourist in Northern Italy can easily catch a ferry from Venice to Pula.
The ferry route is relatively calm taking about 3hours and 30 minutes to cross over but it becomes quite busy during the high season. Pula is relatively reserved but don’t be fooled, it’s no short of any fun. There are plenty of activities to participate in and the favorites are listed below;
SUNSET WITH THE DOLPHINS
If marine life is your cup of tea, then this is where you need to visit. You can enjoy the sunset on the ship adoring the beautiful dolphins playing at sea. There are tours normally arranged for tourists in the Brijuni National park where a guide directs the people on the important sights to view around the island of the national park and don’t be surprised if you spot a wild animal here and there. Most tours are programmed into a package for the tourists where they get to enjoy dinner and unlimited amount of drinks while onboard.
VIEW OF PULA ARENA
Pula Arena is the city’s main landmark which was built on the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian. This is a giant Amphitheatre built on the slope of a hillock approximately 200 meters to the northeast of the city walls of Pula. It’s the only amphitheater remaining from the Roman times with four side towers. It’s called an arena because it’s the place where the gladiators fights took place. Nowadays, the arena is used to hold different types of events such as the Pula film festivals, the Opera and other sport competition due to its huge spectator capacity of 5000 people.
SHOP AT THE PULA MARKET
The market in Pula city is like no other. It’s housed in a detailed architectural historic building made of wrought iron and glass officially opened in 1903. A row of chestnut trees were also planted during its construction to provide shade for the vendors and buyers during the summer times. The market was refurbished in 1998 while still maintaining the initial design and the materials used. The market is well organized meeting the necessary requirement for modern trading. All the meat and fish mongers are located on the ground and first floor of the market building while fresh fruits, vegetables, wines and oils can be found outside the market.
Kayaking is the best way to get a good view of the city while still exploring the clear blue waters of the sea. With a kayak, you can take in the scenic views of the Kamenjak coastline and row right into the sea cave. You don’t need to be a pro to participate in kayaking, all that you need to bring is your adventurous nature. There are daily kayak tours organized along the shore for individuals or groups. A tour would typically take around 3 hours comprising of a paddle to the Pigeon cliffs, Muzil peninsula and jumping off cliffs into the water.