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Destination guide

Explore the hidden gem of Pula from holiday lettings

Pula crowns the end of the Istrian Peninsula with its breathtaking medley of Roman ruins and marble-dressed forums. It's a fitting capital for a such an immersive region, one doused in taste-bud-tingling olive oils and sizzling with truffle-infused Italo-Croat pasta dishes. The landmark extraordinaire is the see-it-to-believe-it Roman amphitheatre – the Pula Arena –said to be the most awesome outside of Italy. Around that is an old town of ancient gates and temples bearing names like Augustus. Go further out and Pula holiday rentals dot the coast, which is rugged and rocky and splashed with crystal waters.

History

Historic attractions near Pula holiday rentals

Pula boasts plenty of fascinating historic sites to delight the history buff. Holiday homes can be found near intriguing places like Pula Arena, a Roman amphitheatre and underground museum with exhibits on ancient olive oil and wine production, and the Temple of Augustus, a majestic temple on the former site of the Roman city’s Forum. You’ll also enjoy Pula Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral on the ruin site of buildings from the fourth century.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Pula holiday homes

The Pula Arena stands tall over all other attractions in this tight-knit city – literally. You can see it hulking overhead from the Riva walkway along the shore and from the marble-clad Forum, a space where other Roman relics reside. It's certainly worth a visit, especially in the summer months, when open-air theatre shows and music concerts take place there. For a deeper story of the great landmark, you can delve into the exhibits that hide underneath. It's a short but informative introduction to the Roman Empire's influence over the whole Adriatic.

Activities

What to do near holiday homes in Pula

Relaxation isn't hard to come by in Pula – the town does spill into the Adriatic, after all. Just a bus ride to the centre and you could be strutting up the walks of the Verudela, a long and winding peninsula that encompasses pebbly coves and marinas filled with bobbing boats. It's got everything you need to enjoy a day in the Croatian sun with the family, whether that's seaside restaurants or sunbathing spots by the cliffs, aquariums or snorkelling inlets. You could even seek out Pula holiday rentals there, to bed down right next to the sea.

Weather

Best time to travel to Pula holiday lettings

Pula's certainly at its most enticing when the sun's shining. That's why the summer – from June to August – is the most popular season of all, when the shores of the Verudela headland are alive with sunbathers and swimmers, and all of the city's cafes and bars are open. You can seek out Pula holiday rentals with pools to help you deal with temperatures of nearly 30 degrees, or just bag a pad close to the seafront. Alternatively, it's worth remembering that Pula is a lived-in regional capital, which means its heritage sites and museums don't close up in the winter months, between December and March.

Natural features

Pula – the cap of Istria

Pula sits at the very southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula. Beset by green hills of olive groves and veg farms, it's a region famous for its fertile soils and rustic charm. As all that rolls down to meet the sea, the land transforms into a rugged, rocky range of cliffs and coves – the sort of coastline Croatia is known for. A perfect picture of that can be found just south of the city in the protected Lower Kamenjak and Medulin Archipelago, a seaside medley of caves, grottoes, arched rock overhangs and tiny islets.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Pula

Fly into Pula (PUY), the closest airport, located 4 mi (6.5 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Pula Station.

Family friendly

Family fun near Pula holiday rentals

Pula offers many unique children’s attractions for a family trip. Holiday homes are available near places like Brijuni National Park, a scenic string of islands with notable archaeological and cultural sites, and Veliki Brijun, an unspoilt island with a safari park and exotic wildlife. Kids will also like Aquarium Pula, a vibrant aquatic park with turtles, jellyfish and other marine life.

How many holiday rentals are available around Pula?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 12,428 holiday lettings around Pula. From 853 villas to 2,617 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Pula?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Pula. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Stinjan: 11,448 holiday homes
  • Punta Verudela Beach: 13,869 holiday homes
  • Pula Fortress: 15,592 holiday homes
  • Gregovica: 550 holiday homes
  • Pula Arena: 15,668 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Pula! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Pula?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Pula with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Rovinj: 8,300 holiday lettings
  • Poreč: 7,880 holiday lettings
  • Labin: 4,263 holiday lettings
  • Svetvinčenat: 10,706 holiday lettings
  • Sveti Petar u Šumi: 3,206 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Pula?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Pula. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Punta Verudela Beach: 13,869 holiday rentals
  • Pula Fortress: 15,592 holiday rentals
  • Pula Arena: 15,668 holiday rentals
  • Fort Bourguignon: 14,822 holiday rentals
  • Mercator Shopping Center: 15,926 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pula listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.