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Pula

Pula Holidays

This vibrant port on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia is stunning. History lovers, nightlife hunters and holidaymakers looking to unwind will all be enthralled by this destination. With a wonderful mix of ancient Roman roots and contemporary attractions, this port has been drawing in visitors for centuries with beautiful beaches and a balmy climate.

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Romans rock

Everywhere you go in Pula you'll find traces of the Romans. The arena or amphitheatre in the centre of town is spectacular and you can stand in the centre and shout your heart out to hear the wonderful acoustics. The structure is impressive and large parts of the amphitheatre are still intact today. While there is a small admission fee, this modest sum is well worth the reward of seeing and exploring the arena at close quarters. Those with disabilities will be glad to know that there is wheelchair access.

The arena is a good place to start your tour of Pula as there are many ancient buildings close to this venue. The Pula heritage walk is an excellent option if you want to learn more about the town's fascinating history.

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Splashing about

Holidays in Pula are as much about having fun as enjoying the scenery. As Pula is right on the coast there is access to a wide range of watersports, and a good place to start might be Orca Dive centre, which allows you access to all sorts of diving lessons as well as kit hire. There are quite a few diving centres based in Pula, so it should be easy to find one that suits you.

Whether you want to enjoy a stand-up paddle board at sunset or take part in a skydive – and have a birdseye view of this corner of Croatia – there are plenty of options both in and around Pula. The fun doesn't stop with these two activities, as there are dolphin watching tours that start off from Pula's harbour, or you can spend time kayaking on the sea.

Stunning local scenery

Pula is set in an idyllic landscape and this whole region is dotted with fantastic parks. One of the town's most popular beaches is located in a natural park, Kamenjak Cape, is on the most southerly point of the peninsula and offers a fantastic setting for some of the beaches and coves located along this stretch of water. While Ambrela beach is recommended for families as it's a Blue Flag beach and is sandy.

If you love marine wildlife then a trip to Pula's Aquarium could be on your agenda. Situated on the tip of the peninsula and just a nine-minute drive away from the centre of Pula, this is home to all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures.

Another option is Veruna marina. It's a picturesque spot for people-watching and gazing out to sea, and as it's only yards away from the centre of town it's very accessible.

Family fun

Aside from lounging and playing on the beach, there's plenty to do in Pula itself that will keep the whole family occupied. There's high octane fun with lasers at Alpha Strike Lazer Tag, and if problem solving enthrals you then Pula has an Escape Room right in the centre of town, where you'll spend an hour solving clues and escaping a 'locked' room.

Bring on the night

Most bars in the centre of Pula close around midnight but this doesn't mean the fun stops – it just moves elsewhere. You could always kick off your evening by heading down to the docks and admiring Pula's awesome lightshow. This takes place four times every night in 15 minute-bursts, and the extraordinary show literally lights up the sky.

Outside of the centre of Pula you'll find a whole lot of bars that stay open until the early hours of the morning, and if you're feeling peckish Pula has plenty of restaurants where you can feed your appetite. The Istrian local menus include steaks from the local breed of cattle, but there's also seafood on the menu, as well as a full international repertoire.

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