Pula, the largest
Istrian city (65,000 inhabitants) and its economical and cultural
center, is situated near the base of its peninsula on its
The city, protected by a large sheltered bay surrounded by mild hills planted with cedar and olive trees, extends along 30 km of its beautiful indented coast.
The attractiveness of the site hadn't even escaped to the Illyrian tribe of Histry which occupied it from the first millennium BC and made it one of the oldest settlements of the eastern Adriatic coast continuously inhabited until today.
COLONIA JULIA POLLENTIA HERCULANEA – ANCIENT PULA
However, Pula took off under the Romans who invested its bay with an excellent natural harbor and made it a regional center.
Even today, the city attracts with its architectural heritage from the roman times, especially with its roman amphitheater, a real emblem of the city. It is nowadays a spectacular venue for summer concerts, spectacles, festivals and various events.
In addition to roman heritage, other Pula's monuments, churches, fortifications as well as the medieval, venetian, renaissance and Secession Buildings in happy mix of styles tell us about its 2000-year history : those of prestigious roman colonization, Byzantine domination, disputes with Venice, of Napoleon passage and also about Austrian and Italian colonization.
REMOVABLE AMPHITHEATRE !!!
After the fall of the Roman empire, the city of Pula started declining. Its population, ravaged by epidemics and new conflicts declined progressively. By the 17th century, once a prosperous city was largely deserted and in ruins ; form 5 000 inhabitants in the 15th century if felt down to 300 persons.
Also, in that time a considerable number of monuments were destroyed to be used for building Venice. Pula was lucky that its amphitheater survives here at all : the Venetian senate, overcome by unbridled enthusiasm for Classical antiquities planned to dismantle and reassemble it piece by piece in their own city.
Fortunately, the project felt through and saved Venice of further sinking into the shallow waters of its lagoon.
After a brief french administration, in 1856 Pula became the main port of the Austro-Hungarian imperial navy thus ensuing a period of stability and modernization. The town continues developing and enlarging to became a small industrial city, seat of important shipbuilding and at the same time an important tourist resort.
Although the central Pula doesn't boast much of a seafront and seem, in spite of it undeniable maritime vocation, to turn the back to the sea due to the implantation of its shipyard, docks and busy commercial port in there, it manages to retain a friendly coastal-town appeal.
This is supplemented by the roman ruins and other monuments in the close vicinity of the naval industry thus embellishing and adding to the charm that emanate from this cheerful, active and lively city.
Finally, if you just go a few kilometers south of the center your are going to discover Pula's beaches strung out along the indented peninsula. That lengthy succession/stretch of rocky and pebble beaches and coves is borderd by the crystal blue water of the Adriatic on one side and by the Mediterranean vegetation dominated by ceder, olive and pine trees on the other side.
Roman Amphitheatre - Arena
Temple of Augustus
Porta Gemina or the Twin Gate
Arch of the Sergians
Roman Floor Mosaic
Fortress and the Historical Museum of Istria
The Archaeological Museum
Cathedral of St Mary Chapel of St Mary of Formosa Franciscan Church and the Monastery
Via Sergia Via Castropola
Town central market Aquarium
ARRIVAL, TRANSPORT and INFORMATION
Pula Airport is located 8km northeast of the city centre, just off the main Rijeka road.
ZRACNA LUKA PULA – Airport Pula
Valtursko polje 210
tel.: (052) 530 105
In summer, there are numerous low-cost and charter flignts from major European cities.
There are two daily (only one on Saturday) flights to Zagreb (40 minuts).
An airport shuttle bus will bring you into town, to the main bus station in around 20 minutes or so.
Departures are timed to coincide with incoming flights.
Ticket price - oneway ticket – 30 kuna (4 euro)
Baggage is not charged separately
Online ticket - www.brioni.hr or www.fils.hr
CROATIA AIRLINES has an office in the city centre.
tel.: (052) 218 909
The main bus station, serving both local and inter-city destinations is located 1km northeast of the amphitheater and 500m northeast of the town center.
AUTOBUSNI KOLODVOR PULA – PULA BUS STATION
Trg 1 Istarske Brigade bb
Informations tel. : 060 30 40 90
Ticket office and reservations tel. : 060 30 40 91 / +385 52 502 997
Left-luggage facilities are open here 05.00 – 23.00 seven days a week.
Pula is well connected by bus with Italy and Slovenia due to its proximity to these countries.
Buses are heading to Rijeka (2 hours) almost hourly, a dozen or so to Rovin j(40 minutes) and Zagreb (5 1/5hours), while eight or more go daily to Porec (1 1/2 hours), two to Split (11 hours) and one to Dubrovnik (15 hours).
It is possible to reserve tickets by phone but not online, in summer, try to buy or reserve your seat in advance.
Pula's harbor is located just steps from the town center and in front of the amphitheater.
Domestic Ferries to Pula
Catamaran line n° 9141
Pula is linked to Zadar via Mali Losinj by passenger ferry operated by Jadrolinija 5 times a week from mid-June to September (every day except Tuesday and Thursday) and twice weekly in June and the rest of September, 4h30 hours travel time.
Departure at 7.30 am from Pula, return at 2 pm from Zadar. Stopovers at Mali Losinj and the islands of Unije and Susak.
About 30 euros the return ticket.
Ticket sale :
Jadroagent Riva 14
Tel. : +385 52 21 04 31
fax. : +385 52 21 17 99
Jadroagent represents Jadrolinija and sells tickets for local boat connecting Istria with the islands and south of Croatia.
8am-8 pm June to September
Telephone +385 (0) 52 211 631
Fax +385 52 219 091
Web : www.commodore-travel.hr
E-mail : email@example.com
Commodore Travel also represents Jadrolinija and sells tickets for a passenger ferry between Pula and Zadar.
International Ferries to Pula
Pula is linked to Venice by passenger ferry operated by Venezia Lines only in the summer, four times a week from July through August. The catamaran takes from 2 ½ hours to 6 hours to make the crossing depending on whether it's non-stop or not.
About 98 euros the return ticket.
Booking on line :
Tickets also at :
ZELJEZNICKI KOLODVOR PULA - Railway station
tel. +385 (0)52 54 19 82
+385 (0)52 54 17 33
The train station is situated at the far end of Kolodvorska, along the sea front, 1 kilometre north of the Old Town. It is a fifteen-minute walk of the town centre
Its left-luggage facilities are open from Monday to Saturday and the hours are much shorter than those at the bus station.
Very little traffic ; 3 trains a day to Zagreb (6-8 hours) with a correspondence in Rijeka (2 ½ hours away) but you must board a bus for part of the trip, from Lupoglav to Rijeka (40 minutes journey). 1 direct train daily to Ljubljana in Slovenia (4 ½ hours) via Buzet (2 hours).
Pula is more connected with towns in the Istrian interior such as Vodnjan, Buzet and Pazin.