Flight and hotel Pula
Croatia is quickly becoming one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations, and the pretty city of Pula on the Istrian peninsula is already a firm favourite among travellers. Nestled in a bay at the tip of the peninsula, the city boasts an impressive Roman amphitheatre, pleasant beaches and a spectacular view across the Adriatic Sea. Before it became a resort, Pula was a sleepy fishing village, with a long history spanning medieval and Roman times. Traces of its past can still be seen today.
What to know before visiting Pula?
Whereas the official language spoken across Croatia is Croatian, in Istria, some people speak Slovenian (which is similar to Croatian) or Italian. Most workers in the travel industry will speak some English. Croatia's currency is the kuna, and Pula is one hour ahead of the UK.
Even though many UK visitors have only just discovered the charms of Istria, there are plenty of flight and hotel choices for Pula holidays. Flights to Pula from the UK depart from many regional airports, including Manchester and London's Gatwick and Stansted airports.
When is the best time to visit Pula?
Pula is blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. However, if you want to spend your weekend in Pula relaxing on the beach, the summer months are when temperatures are highest, regularly reaching over 30°C. Winters in Pula are slightly varied, with cold temperatures and more rain, but still warmer than UK winters!
What to do in Pula
Package holidays in Pula often start with a trip to the area's stunning beaches to enjoy the beautiful Istrian scenery. While the beaches in the city itself are pleasant, they can get very busy in the summer and at weekends. For some peace, head up the coast to find a more secluded spot on your weekend in Pula.
- Premantura, a short bus ride from Pula, is a popular windsurfing area.
- The beaches on the Kamenjak Peninsula, at the southern tip of Istria, are unspoilt and much less busy.
- For a day trip, take a boat out to Fratarski Island, which sits in the middle of the Bay of Gortan. Take a boat trip with a local company, or a water taxi for the short journey.
- Don't forget your snorkelling gear on city breaks in Pula – Fratarski and the Bay of Gortan are home to several colourful sea creatures and plants.
What places should you visit in Pula?
Upon arrival on city breaks in Pula, visitors will see the large Roman amphitheatre that stands on the cliffs, overlooking the bay. Built between 27 BC and 68 AD, it is one of the largest surviving Roman amphitheatres in the world. Visit just to look around, or attend one of the summertime Spectacvla Antiqva events, which recreate Roman gladiator contests.
In addition to Roman buildings and monuments, including a well-preserved 3rd-century mosaic floor tucked away in the back streets of the Old Town, city breaks in Pula can involve visits to more modern historical attractions. See the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria, housed in a 17th-century castle, and intriguing Zerostrasse, a network of tunnels first used as shelters in the 1900s and now home to an exhibition space and event venue.
What to eat in Pula
Be sure to try traditional Istrian cuisine while on package holidays in Pula. The area is famous for its plentiful truffles – while they may be considered a delicacy in the UK, in Istria, they're used in sauces at some of the cheapest eateries you can find.
Meat is a big part of the Istrian diet, especially ?evap?i?i, sausages made with mincemeat – you'll find them served as a snack or even in fine restaurants. Istrian wine is becoming increasingly popular outside the area, so order a bottle of local Malvasia to see what all the fuss is about.
Souvenirs from Pula
Along with a bottle of your favourite Istrian wine, another great souvenir of your time in Pula would be a bottle of local olive oil, some of which is flavoured with herbs and spices. If you develop a taste for truffles over your holiday, pick up a jar of truffle paste to include in your recipes.