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The Past the present the future




Pula is Istria’s largest city, situated in the valley of seven hills, with extraordinary Adriatic views. And it’s a knockout to walk around the narrow stone streets that end in front of magnificent Roman buildings. A wealth of Roman architecture lifts otherwise-workaday Pula (ancient Polensium; Pola in Italian) from the humdrum. The star of the show is the remarkably well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, smack in the heart of the city, which dominates the streetscape and doubles as a venue for summer concerts and festivals. Except this magnificent structure, city of Pula is packed with gorgeous and well-preserved roman buildings - Temple of Augustus, Arch of the Sergii, Roman Forum etc. Historical attractions aside, Pula is a busy commercial city on the sea that has managed to retain a friendly small-town appeal.


Discover Istria

Diversity of touristic offer in Pula allows everybody to find something for their own taste. If you love adventures in intact nature or just chilling, Pula is a good base for exploring the protected Cape Kamenjak nature park, to the south, and the Brijuni Islands National Park, to the north. Between your adventures, discover beautiful beaches and hidden coves, take a kayak tour or go scuba diving. If you are looking for something special, we recommend you to take day trip to the Truffle Land - unique excursion where you’ll have a chance to taste highly praised culinary delicacy and enjoy a home-made pasta with truffles in a beautiful setting of a local tavern.


City life in Pula revolves around its gorgeous 1903 succession-style market building, and the produce stalls and cafes that surround it. Inside you’ll find fresh and homemade products that will blow out your senses. Pula’s and Istria's food in general is one of the main reasons you might want to visit this city. And don’t worry, quality standards in restaurants are high almost everywhere you go so you won’t be disappointed, just opposite, you’ll be amazed. Typical dishes include maneštra (thick vegetable-and-bean soup similar to minestrone), fuži (hand-rolled pasta often served with tartufi, truffles, or divljač, game meat) and fritaja (omelette often served with seasonal veggies, such as wild asparagus), boškarin, an indigenous species of ox. Truffles find their way into most dishes including, in more adventurous establishments, ice cream and chocolate cake. The tourist board has marked an olive-oil route along which you can visit local growers, tasting oils at the source. The best seasonal ingredients include white truffles, picked in autumn, and wild asparagus, harvested in spring.