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Pula

Pula

Ranked as one of Croatia’s largest and most historically rich cities, Pula is a haven for both culture vultures and sun-lovers alike. Although busier centre than tourist town, Pula boasts excellent, sunny weather, coastal scenery and a wealth of ancient Roman architecture and ruins on display that mean it’s never short of visitors. The excellent variety of hotels and accommodation in the city make it ideal for families, while the locally produced herbal oils, sumptuous truffles and handmade crafts make shopping a pleasure.

As the largest city on the Istria Peninsula – and offering a wealth of Roman ruins to boot – Pula draws its fair share of international visitors. Culture-minded tourists tend to focus their attention on the remarkably well preserved amphitheatre, and the three-star Hotel Galija (Epulonova 3) enjoys a central location in Pula itself, making it a good bet for city-breakers. Meanwhile, sunseekers are drawn by the area’s pleasant climate and coastal scenery, which means the 422-room Park Plaza Verudela Pula (Verudela 11) holds appeal – it’s a large family-friendly resort situated on the seafront. Striking a balance between the two is the charming Oasi Boutique Hotel (Pješčana uvala X-12a), with just nine rooms.

Istria is famous for many things, particularly its herbal oils and truffles, so picking up gifts or souvenirs in Pula is generally straightforward. The City Farmers’ Market (Narodni trg 9), housed in an attractive structure, has been part of Pula life for well over a century and remains a treasure trove of fresh produce and craft stalls. Elsewhere, the streets of Sergijevaca and Kandlerova are busy shopping thoroughfares – good for clothes, jewellery and design boutiques – while specialist stores include Aromatica (Laginjina 4), specialising in soaps and essential oils, and Zigante Tartufi (Smareglina 7), selling truffle-based goods.

It’s easy to eat well in Istria. The plaudits hang heavy at Konoba Batelina (Čimulje 25), sitting a little way out of town but recently named the best restaurant in Istria. It’s famed for its well-crafted seafood dishes. On a more basic level, Jupiter Pizzeria (Castropola 38) attracts plenty of positive reviews and serves good pasta and pizza, while the bistro feel of Farabuto (Sisplac 15) is an excellent bet for both Italian and Croatian dishes. Elsewhere, the traditional home cooking at the simply decorated Vodnjanka (Vitezica 4) is well worth seeking out.

Days of Antiquity
June
Three days of historical re-enactments and heritage-themed celebrations are held across three of Pula’s ancient sites. Mingle with legionaries and gladiators, attend workshops, watch costumed performances and soak up the city’s Roman past.  


PUF International Alternative Theatre Festival
July
A platform for national theatre groups to showcase their work in front of local audiences. Productions (which are almost exclusively performed in Croatian) take place in the city’s streets and squares, producing a lively communal feel.


Seasplash Festival
July
A well-established ‘dance and lifestyle’ festival, Seasplash combines a rainbow mix of different genres – among them reggae, electro, jungle and ska – with other attractions such as boat parties and alternative workshops.


Pula Film Festival
July
This renowned cinematic gathering attracts significant interest from overseas, having been in existence for over six decades. It runs for 15 days – memorably, some films are shown on an open-air screen in the amphitheatre.


Outlook Festival
August-September
Billed as the ‘largest bass music and sound system culture festival in Europe’, Outlook draws big names from the dance music world to a stunning setting on the edge of town. It’s now become popular with festival-goers from around the continent.


 



 

TIMETABLES

This is a Summer only destination

ESSENTIALS

Language
Croatian
Currency
Kuna
Time zone
GMT +1
Flight time
2 Hours 30
Holiday type
Beach , City Break , Summer Sun

WEATHER

22/09/14
Moderate or heavy rain shower
Moderate or heavy rain shower
15°C
min
25°C
max
23/09/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
16°C
min
23°C
max
24/09/14
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
18°C
min
22°C
max
25/09/14
Moderate or heavy rain shower
Moderate or heavy rain shower
19°C
min
23°C
max

Monthly weather information is not available.

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