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Travel: How to spend 48 hours in Croatia’s seafront city Pula

Pula, Croatia
Pula, Croatia

Seafront Pula is one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets.

Here’s how to make the most of a short trip to the gorgeous city.


Stay

Located near the base of the Istrian peninsula, Pula’s city centre is compact, allowing visitors to take in its beautiful surroundings on foot.

If you are looking for an exciting city break, stay in one of the modest hotels or apartments downtown, or venture a little further south if you would rather wake up to the sound of crashing waves.

The nearby resorts of Verudela and Medulin became popular holiday destinations in the ’50s and ’60s.

Eat

As a busy port city, it should come as no surprise that seafood is a staple at Pula eateries, but there is also a good selection of meat dishes and contemporary choices, all inspired by Croatia’s vast history.

Sit outside on the terrace at Pizzeria Jupiter, where thin-crust pizza is served fresh from a wood-fired oven, or enjoy some of Istria’s traditional fares at Piazza Nove, where you can even enjoy an olive oil tasting.

Drink

Croatia hasn’t escaped the craft beer culture that’s swept Europe in recent years, and you’ll find plenty of tasty brews to quench your thirst on a sunny afternoon.

However, vino drinkers might prefer to take a seat outside BOCA, a trendy bistro and wine bar that serves up glasses of refreshing red and white, as well as cocktails. It’s located just off the town’s main square, behind Pula Cathedral.

See

No trip to Pula would be complete without visiting some of the many historic landmarks. Head to the 1st Century Roman Amphitheatre, originally designed to hold more than 200,000 spectators who came to watch gladiators fight to the death.

Next, walk up to the Kastel for panoramic views and Instagram-friendly photo spots. The hilltop fortress also has a museum for history buffs.

Finish your day at the Arch of the Sergii, built between 29 and 27BC.

It’s also right beside a bar once frequented by author James Joyce.