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Pula is a seafront city in the south of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. It offers a great mix of old and new with its well-preserved Roman ruins among the contemporary buildings and attractions. As well as this, Pula caters to all as both a city and beach holiday destination as you can find archaeological sites and beaches with stunning azure Adriatic waters.
History buffs will love a trip to Pula, with a fortress to explore, museums to wander around, and the incredible Roman amphitheatre to watch concerts in. There are also plenty of opportunities to admire the city’s natural beauty too. Whether you’re marvelling at dinosaur footprints at Brijuni National Park, or snorkelling in the stunning water of a secluded cove, you’re bound to be impressed with what Pula has to offer!
Pula provides a perfect family holiday with safaris on the Brijuni islands, water-sports, and an aquarium to enjoy! The idyllic nature of the city also makes it popular with couples, as there are plenty of opportunities to dine in quaint eateries whilst looking out onto the scenic coast.
There are direct flights from Dublin to Pula with a flight time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The airport is only 10 kilometres away from the city centre, so the overall travel experience is easy and comfortable.
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The nightlife in Pula is quite laid back, with bars and a few clubs to enjoy. Most places in the city close at around 12-1am so if you want to sip cocktails and dance until the sun comes up, then head to a beach bar which are open for much longer.
The cuisine in Croatia is varied with a range of influences from other countries. As Pula is a seaside city, many menus include seafood dishes.
The beaches are fantastic for children, with exciting opportunities to participate in activities like water-sports or going on a boat trip to see dolphins. Brijuni National Park makes for a great visit too, where you can go on safari to see a variety of animals – even an elephant!
Pula’s coast is one of the main attractions thanks to the beauty of the Adriatic sea. Ambrela is an attractive and popular white stone beach with sun loungers to hire, giant inflatables for kids, and a restaurant nearby for refreshments.
Flanaticka street is a car free zone so it’s great for ambling whilst window shopping! Here you can find clothes, gifts, cosmetics and more. On top of this, there is the Market place which is open daily and sells a variety of fresh produce.
Since 1999 Pula has hosted the Histria festival between June and August. During this period a range of concerts, theatre, and ballet performances take place in the Pula Amphitheatre.
Pula enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. June to August are the best times to go with the temperatures averaging in the late 20s. If you’re looking for fewer crowds and milder weather, head to Pula outside of peak season in May or September.
Pula uses the Croatian Kuna.
Pula is 1 hour ahead of Ireland.
A lot of attractions can be reached by foot, but if you’re wanting to travel further afield, you can either hire a car or use the buses.