Pula Travel Summary

Pula is Istria’s largest city, situated in the valley of seven hills and one of Croatia’s lesser known but a real gem of a destination.


The Pula Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Pula:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town

The star attraction is its impressive Roman amphitheatre built to host 20,000 spectators between 27 – 68 AD, and is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre in the world with a complete circle wall.  It hosts fantastic music festivals and outdoor concerts in the summer.  If you like a blend of exploring and relaxation on your holiday Pula is perfect.  You also have the fantastic Istrian coastline including Rovinj on your doorstep.


Pula has a fascinating historic pedestrianised Roman centre filled with Roman and Renaissance architecture and you will be spoilt for choice of  pretty beaches, dramatic scenery and hidden coves.

2. What to See

Pula Arena

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Pula’s star attraction, was built during the reign of Emperor Augustus in the early 1st century.
  • The Arena was expanded during the reign of the Flavian dynasty to accept as many as 23,000 spectators
  • At 133m long, 105m wide and 32m high, the amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world
  • Today, it is the venue for many different events including the Pula Film Festival, various concerts, opera, ballet and sporting competitions
  • Every week during the summer months, the Arena hosts gladiator fights as part of the historical and entertainment spectacle “Spectacvla Antiqva”



Temple of Augustus

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Located in the centre of Pula, in the ancient Roman Forum, the Temple of Augustus, is dedicated to goddess Roma and Emperor Augustus
  • It offers a glimpse into Pula’s ancient history, when the city was a significant and influential Roman settlement.
  • It was constructed between the year 2 BC and AD 14 when the Emperor died
  • After the decline of the Roman Empire, it was converted into a church and was later used for a while to store grain
  • The temple now houses a small museum which display a collection of Roman statues



Arch of the Sergii

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, best known as the Golden Gate, was erected by the Sergi family, a powerful Roman family
  • It was named Porta Aurea or the Golden Gate due to its lavish decorative arch or the gild on the town gate supporting the town walls as well as the triumphal arch at that time



Fortress Kaštel

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Fortress “Kaštel” was built by the Venetians, between 1630 and 1633
  • It houses the Historical Museum of Istria in which has a collection of more than 75000 objects of historical, political, military and ethnographic character
  • Bring your camera as the fortress also offers panoramic view on Pula and its surroundings



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