The city is located in a bay on the peninsula of Istria in northeastern Croatia near the Slovenian and Italian border. The favorable geographical location and mild Mediterranean climate, together with the proximity to the sea are a few of the reasons why the city deserves a visit. The city of Pula also has many buildings with a history that extends back to the Roman Empire. The city of Pula has profiled itself as a culture and festival center for many years.
What to visit when in Pula?
Pula is best known for its Roman amphitheatre which was finished 68 years BC, and is today the best-preserved and sixth largest amphitheatre in the world. Pulas amphitheatre locals call it, the Arena is the city's main symbol and tourist attraction that hardly any visitor to the city fails to visit. Cultural events. Pulas Arena is used for cultural events such as concerts and theater plays during the summer months. Croatia's oldest film festival started 1954 in Pula and is organized every year since then in July or August. There is also an international Music Festival - Viva la Pula. Museums and galleries. In Pula there are three museums: Istria Archaeological Museum, Istria Museum of Modern Art, Istria Maritime Museum.
How to get to Pula.
The best and fastest way to get to Pula is by air. Pulas International Airport is located only 7 kilometers from the city with international flight connections as well as domestic flights. However, thanks to Pulas geographical location, there are several international airports within easy reach. Aside from Pula´s own airport, the nearest airport is located 133 km away close to the city Rijeka. Other airports are located in neighboring countries like Trieste in Italy (170 km away) and Ljubljana in Slovenia (244 kilometers from Pula). The airport in the Croatian capital Zagreb is 277 kilometers from Pula.
Travel by train.
Pula has a railway connecting the city to the rest of the country, so it is possible to use the train when journeying to the city. Visit the Croatian Railways´ (Hrvatske Zeljeznice) website and check the train lines and prices. You can book a journey to your destination on the website. https://prodaja.hzpp.hr/en
The sea traffic traffic to and from Pula.
Pulas central harbor is located north of the city center, from which domestic and international ferry connections depart. The traffic varies depending on the season with the most sea traffic occurring during summer high season. Domestic traffic: Unie, Mali Lsinj, Ilovik, Silba, Zadr. The line is operated by the passenger ship company Jadrolinija and on their website it´s possible book a journey to your desired destination. During the summer months, June - September, it is possible to travel from Pula to Venedik, Rovin, and Trieste by boat services operated by Italian shipping companies. Traveling to the city by car is no less convenient. The half-island of Istria has a well-developed road network like the rest of the country. Use our tour planner here on our site to help you find the best way to Pula.
Trip to Brijuni National Park.
The Brijuni National Park is made up of 14 islands and is one of the most common destinations for visitors in Pula or nearby resorts. There are several boats in Pulas harbor with different departure times to choose from for day trips around the islands. The boats also serve food and drinks, usually fish or vegetarian food served with wine or non-alcoholic drinks.