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Pula is the capital of the peninsula of Istria and used to be a city of special importance in the Roman Empire. The amphitheatre of Pula is bigger than the Colosseum in Rome. Pula is one of the largest ports and trade centre of the North-Adriatic region. It is a very popular travel destination due to its sights and hiking opportunities.
Location of Pula
Already its location attracts travellers, as seven hills are situated next to it: Monte Zaro, Monte Serpente, Monte Ghiro, Monte Magno, Monte Paradiso, Monte Rizzi, and Monte Vidal. It is surrounded by two islands in the north: Kozada, and Sv. Jerolim. Interestingly enough it has two official languages, Croatian and Italian.
History of Pula
Pula’s history dates back to the 10th century before Christ, it happens to be mentioned in Greek mythology too. Its port was built under the rule of emperor Augustus just like the city’s main sight, the amphitheater. In later centuries sailing became very important, the city’s sea trade developed and a boat factory and a military port were both established. The city belonged to several countries in its history until it finally became a city of Croatia in 1991.
Most beautiful beaches in Pula
The city has a wide range of beaches, most of them have small pebbles, rocks or concrete surface. The 5 most popular beaches:
The beach of Ambrela bay, which has a blue distinction, that means that water quality is excellent. It has very easy access and it is very well equipped with all the things you may need for undisturbed swimming. It is a frequently visited beach section.
A beach close to district Stoja, close to the old town. A beach section of bay Uvala Zelenika. The beach has small pebbles and concrete. It has simple equipment and its popularity is mainly due to Valkane’s summer beach festival.
It is located at the bay that has the same name. The beach has small pebbles, but as you go deeper into the sea, you can also find sandy parts. One of the most frequented beaches, because it is very well-equipped and has many tools for rental both for adults and kids.
The beach of Grotanova bay, where the sea gets only gradually deeper. This makes it very popular for families with small kids, but also for those who enjoy shallow water.
It is 10 km from the city of Pula, which makes it easy to access by boat or yacht. There are many separated beaches in the peninsula, but you can still find unexplored and wild areas there.
Main sights in Pula
Besides going to the beach, you are recommended to spend time discovering Pula, which has a rich history and cultural life.
The most famous sight of the city, but perhaps one in the whole of Croatia. It was built from limestone between 27-68 before Christ. This is the world’s sixth-largest arena from that time, which is 132 meters long, 105 meters wide and has 3 floors. It is similar to the Colosseum in Rome, but it is less crowded.
Sergius triumphal arch/Golden arch
Built around 27 b. C. It is opposite the city gate, which makes it similar to an entrance to the narrow streets of Pula’s old town.
Church of Rome and Augustus
Its construction started in the second century b. C. following the example of the Mars church in Rome. It was seriously damaged through bomb attacks in world war 2, but now it is again open for visits after restoration and a statue collection can be found in it.
In this castle built on a hill, the history museum of Istria can be found. But it’s not only worth visiting for the museum, but also for the view.
Already its location is special, it is located in the building of an old fortress, Fort Verudela. Watching sea animals and turtles will surely be a great experience for children.
Weather of Pula
It is hot and dry in the summer, but winters are also typically mild. The average annual middle temperature is 13.2 °C. Pula weather information list.
Yachtcharter in Pula
Discovering the Pula-Medulin beach is considered to be a very popular boating route. From Pula, you can also reach Brijuni National Park, a group of the island on Istria. The area that has 14 islands offers an unforgettable experience with its special world of plants and animals and a fabulous environment. Pula is a really exciting and versatile city. It offers many historic sights and an old town with a romantic atmosphere. Pula’s beaches and the boating trips you can make from its ports are wonderful. To sum it up, you find there everything that you need for a perfect holiday.
ACI Marina Pula
The port of Pula has around 200 berths for mega yachts as long as 40 metres. It is perfectly equipped. They have laundry, ATM and currency exchange. There is also a petrol station nearby, and we can rent a car, too.
Port of Rabac
It is located in a natural bay on the eastern shores of Istria. The port is perfectly protected from the northern and eastern winds. It was rebuilt and developed further recently. Information about sailing in Rabac, or rent a boat in Rabac
The giant bay can accept 458 boats and they offer 120 dry docks here as well. It is perfectly equipped and has everything you may need.
Marina Mali Losinj
The bay is protected from northern and eastern winds. There are 80 berths here for transit boats with a length of up to 18 metres. They provide water and electricity, and there are many local restaurants and bars. Information about sailing in Mali Losinj or yachtcharter in Mali Losinj. Find yacht routes in Istria or choose another rent a boat in Istria.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Pula. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Pula shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Pula shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Pula, and cruise around Pula
Day 1. Pula – Rovinj 32.45 km (20,17 mi), Day 2. Rovinj – Lim Fjord – Vrsar 12.50 km (7.77 mi) – 11.97 km (7.44 mi), Day 3. Vrsar – Porec 13.27 km (8.25 mi), Day 4. Porec – Umag 39.26 km (24.40 mi), Day 5. Umag – Venice 99.91 km (62.08 mi), Day 6. Venice – Chioggia 23.98 km (14.90 mi), Day 7. Chioggia – Brijuna park – Pula 121.32 km (75.38 mi) – 6.57 km (4.08 mi).
Day 1. Pula – Medulin 32.41 km (20.14 mi), Day 2. Medulin – Unije 33.34 km (20.72 mi), Day 3. Unije- Vele Srakane 11.65 km (7.24 mi), Day 4. Vele Srakane – Martinscica 27.22 km (16.91 mi), Day 5. Martinscica – Cres 27.05 km (16.81 mi), Day 6. Cres – Rabac 24,28 km (15,09 mi), Day 7. Rabac – Trget – Pula 90.16 km (56.02 mi)
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