Holidays to Pula roll out history in spades, sea views by the bucketload and cuisine to make your mouth water.

A Roman showstopper

Pula’s part on the map covers a chunk of coastline close to Croatia’s southern tip. And while its rocky beaches and sandy coves are one of its best assets, you can’t miss the huge amphitheatre that’s sat bang in the middle of the city. It’s three storeys high, takes the crown for the most well-preserved ancient monument in all of Croatia, and dates back to the first century. Back in the day, it could hold over 23,000 Roman spectators. Elsewhere, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Augustus, and the Triumphal Arch of the Sergii will all lend a hand to tell you the story of the city’s event-heavy history.

Brijuni National Park

This national park’s made up of 14 islands parked off of the Istrian coast. It’s a super easy daytrip from Pula – just catch a bus to nearby Fazana, and make the 20-minute ferry journey across the water to the main island of Veliki Brijuni. Here, you’ll find rolling pine forests peppered with walking trails and ancient Byzantine monuments, like St Mary’s Basilica. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for rare animals and plants, like the wild cucumber.

Pebble-heavy Pula

Pula’s a little short on the sandy stuff, but that doesn’t mean its beaches don’t deliver. You’ll need to make tracks out of the town centre to find them, but this part of Croatia’s home to loads of pretty shingle stretches. And, the sea ticks all the boxes – it’s clean, clear and bright turquoise.

At a Glance

  • Sample super-fresh seafood in a sea-view restaurant
  • Go exploring on Rovinj’s 20-plus-strong archipelago
  • Party hard at one of the city’s resident music festivals