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Located on the southern tip of the Istria Peninsula, the city of Pula is known for its smooth seas and magnificent mild climate.  The local history can be dated back to prehistoric times and there are a number of structures that hold great archaeological and historic importance.  Since these features attract a regular influx of tourists, it’s easy to understand why so many Pula hotels, guest houses, apartments and other forms of accommodation in Pula have sprung up throughout the city.

Top attractions in the city of Pula

As you look out the window of your Pula hotel room, you can’t help but imagine what this place must have looked like years ago. The history is so rich within this city that it is impossible to ignore. Sights like the Triumphal Arch of Sergius are on the top of the list of things to do and see. Probably one of the most fascinating points is how the old style arch is set amongst more modern buildings to create the perfect contrast.

A trip to the city’s main square is also a must.  Here, you will find several attractions including the old Roman Forum, the Temple of Augustus and the Town Hall.  This is a great place to stop for lunch, a snack or even just something to drink at one of the cafes.  Take the time to enjoy your meal or beverage as you take in the sights around you.  You will also find the tourist information centre in this area which is bound to come in handy.

The Nesactium ancient Roman ruins can prove tricky to find. Check with the tourist information centre, look online or ask the locals to help you find your way if you enjoy visiting such historic sites. 

On a warm day, there’s nothing better than a trip out to Kotli. This old watermill along the Mirna River provides a superb relaxing landscape along with fresh air.  Weather permitting, you may even be fortunate enough to be able to swim here!

Other fun things to do in Pula

Sometimes, no matter how well you plan your holiday, the weather can result in unexpected changes in plans.  If you experience a particularly rainy or unpleasant day during your stay, there is no need to hide in your hotel room until the weather clears!  Why not spend a few hours wandering around the local aquarium or get a window seat at a local restaurant where you can watch the rain pour outside while you stay warm and dry indoors.

In terms of local shopping, you can always trust the choices of the locals. Il Mercato di Pola is where they all go to pick up fresh produce which only means that the prices and quality have to be satisfactory at least.  A visit to any local market should be planned for the morning.  The longer the fresh produce is exposed to the elements, the more likely you are to purchase substandard foods.

If, however, despite all the sights and attractions around you, you are still looking for something more to keep you entertained when staying in Pula, you can sign up for a guided tour. Professional guides specialise in various types of tours including city tours, wine tasting and even diving!