PULA - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Pula

Pula is the main regional town in Istria, with an attractive shopping area, spectacular harbour, lively night live, amazing history, many restaurants and cafes and wonderful beaches. Walk through Pula and experience old town streets and squares some of which were there even in Roman times. The stunning Roman amphitheatre is from the first century AD and ranks as the sixth largest in the world. The amphitheatre or "Arena" is still used for concerts (classical and pop), for gladiatorial re-enactments and for showing Pula's annual film festival. Watching one of these events under the night sky and from the same stone seats that were being used 2000 years ago is a unique experience. The amphitheatre is open to the public daily (pulainfo.hr). Other Roman monuments in Pula include a Triumphal Arch at the entrance to the main shopping street. . The museum is full of artefacts and stonework from Roman times. The Forum, a square surrounded by Roman and renaissance architecture, is a delightful spot to relax over a coffee or a cool drink.


Pula Amphitheatre
Pula Amphitheatre

Istria is an integral part of Croatia's move into the music festival market. The 19th-century fort of Punta Christo, outside Pula, will echo to the throb of sound systems during the Outlook festival at the end of August each year.


Pula is an important port and industrial centre and the shipyard with huge ships under repair and construction right on the harbour front and with its cranes illuminated at night, provides an unusual back drop to this historic town.


Beaches

There are excellent beaches on the many peninsulas and bays around Pula, notable are Stoja, Veruda, Verudela and Pjesana Uvala. A little further out of town the nature reserve of Rt Karmenjak on the very tip of the Istrian peninsula provides kilometres of unspoilt coastline and many bays or rocky headlands where you can swim in the crystal clear sea.


Bay in Premantura
Bay in Premantura
Jumping at Rt Kamenjak
Jumping at Rt Kamenjak

Brioni islands

The nearby Brioni islands are a national park area and formerly the summer residence of Yugoslavia's President Tito. During Tito's era many world leader visited this pretty group of small islands which Tito populated with exotic wild animals to entertain his guests. Today visitors can stay in the hotel on the islands or make boat trips from Pula harbour or from the town of Fazana.


Brioni Islands
Brioni Islands

Getting there

Pula airport is just 10 minutes drive from Pula centre. There are direct flights from the UK and most European countries including Scandinavia, Russia and the Ukraine. There is a ferry service from Venice and good motorway links through Slovenia onto the Italian and Austrian motorway networks.


Fazana

A historic and picturesque centre, beaches, water sports restaurants and bars all within easy reach. Fazana villas are ideal for families wanting a destination that can offer something for all age groups.


Fazana is a gorgeous small town, full of colour and life and rich in history. There are numerous cafes and restaurants along its busy sea front looking out over the colourful array of small boats in the harbour. From here you can take a boat trip to the idyllic Brioni islands, once the summer home of Yugoslavia's President Tito. Fazana's history extends back 2000 years as it was an important economic centre in Roman times. The town is the perfect holiday destination as not only can you enjoy the picturesque centre of the old town but along the coast there are a series of excellent beaches. Villas in Fazana have the best of both worlds. You can walk from your villa to the centre of town for an evening out and are also just a few metres from the beaches where beach bars provide refreshment and, for thrill seekers, a range of water sports such as jet skis and paragliding are available.


Fazana harbour
Fazana harbour
Beach and coastal path in Fazana
Beach and coastal path in Fazana

Fazana is 8 kilometres from the centre of Pula with its museums and fine Roman amphitheatre, busy shopping streets and vibrant night life. Pula airport is just 13 kilometres distant so just a short taxi ride away.


One of the more unusual activities available in Fazana are the free course offered by the Small Fishing Academy Pilchard. Here you will learn all about fishing in the traditional way and have the opportunity to row a traditional Fazana fishing boat (batana).


Vodnjan

Vodnjan is a charming town with many medieval houses and narrow winding streets and sunny town squares which are full of shops and cafes, and outdoor life. You can eat spectacular ice creams sitting in an outside cafè all day, sip cool beers and crisp dry white Malvasia local wine, browse the town market, or visit restaurants and bars in the evening, when the whole town seems to be alive with strollers and diners. The focal point of the town is the Baroque church of St Blaise, well worth a visit as it contains great old master Italian paintings, antique items and relics. Visit Betika Palace to see and learn more about Vodnjan's history which is so intertwined with the history of Venice. If you are in Vodnjan in August, you will be entertained by the traditional summer festival with all kinds of food stalls to sample from, local arts and crafts and music performances in town squares. In the surrounding area it is worth visiting a little village of Peroj, with its own nice beach, 4km from Vodnjan. Also nearby is the small town of Fazana, which has its own lovely harbour from where you can hire boats and water taxis to take you to the fabulous national park islands of Brioni. You can swim on Fazana's lovely pebbly and very clean beach.


Vodnjan Town Square
Vodnjan Town Square

On the day when you want to splash out, visit restaurant "Vodnjanka", one of the best in the area, where the owner Mrs Svjetlana Celija is also the chef (open 11am - 12 midnight, telephone +385 (0)52 511435). This family restaurant has been providing delicious food for 40 years, and go there if you love gnocchi, home made pasta, truffles, wild asparagus, air dried prosciutto ham, grilled fish, venison and lots more. Local reds and whites are gorgeous - red tangy merlots and white malvazia and pinot, chardonnays and amazing rose wines. Or, you can sit in a town bistro with a plate of grilled calamari, home made chips and a mixed salad if you want to keep it simple.


Vodnjan Street Scene
Vodnjan Street Scene
Town house
Town house
Market
Market

Rovinj

Rovinj is unquestionably the most picturesque of the medieval Venetian towns on the Adriatic. Every guide book features the colourful facades of the tightly packed houses that encircle this tiny peninsula with the cathedral of St Euphemia and its dominating 60 metre bell tower standing over the town. The harbour is tightly packed with local fishing boats and the cafes on the harbour front are the perfect place to relax.


As you walk up the narrow cobbled roadways between the old stone houses every corner brings another scene that seems perfectly composed for a photograph; a glimpse into an ancient courtyard or the subtle fading paintwork on wooden shutters. Around one corner a lively konoba (bistro); around another a gallery with local craftwork.


Rovinj Harbour
Rovinj Harbour
Rovinj
Rovinj

Rovinj has classy cocktail bars and smart restaurants overlooking the bay as well as simple pizzerias and bistros down side streets. From the harbour there are excursions and taxi boats to nearby islands, notably Red Island, that are ideal for a day swimming and relaxing. There are also many beaches to choose from on the mainland shore. The "Blue Flag" beaches of Valalta and Villas Rubin and the beach in Lone Bay are amongst the most popular.


Activities

In the vicinity of Rovinj there are opportunities for tennis, paintball and rock climbing. Climbing is organised at Zlatni Rt on the caost and inland near the ruined fortified medieval town of Digrad in the Lim valley. The Lim estuary (Limski Kanal) is another place for a relaxing swim with excellent restaurants beside the beach.


Other coastal towns

Within easy reach of Rovinj are other attractive coastal town such as Vrsar and Porec. The inland hilltop town of central Istria such as Motovun and Groznjan are a short drive and provide a relaxing contrast to the coast with scenic landscapes, stunning views and many excellent restaurants.


Getting there.

Rovinj is 40 km from Pula airport and 150 kilometres from Trieste airport in Italy. There are regular ferries from Venice to Rovinj making it an ideal destination to combine with a couple of days in Venice. But day trips to Venice are also possible.



Our Villas in Pula


Villa Sylvie
Villa Sylvie A three bedroom, three bathroom air conditioned villa with a walled garden, summer kitchen, pool and sea views. A few minute drive from secluded beaches.
Villa Eufemia
Villa Eufemia A two bedroom, two bathroom air conditioned villa with a large olive garden and pool, WiFi, pet friendly.
Apartment Matti
Apartment Matti A first floor air-conditioned apartment with three bedrooms and three shower rooms, a balcony with sea view and an exclusive pool and garden.
Villa Rita
Villa Rita A luxury four bedroom, three bathroom air-conditioned villa in a charming Istrian fishing and farming village with a nice beach 3km from the village centre. Lovely private garden and pool. Free internet, pet friendly. Wheel chair friendly. Within easy reach of Pula airport.
Villa Giulia
Villa Giulia A new luxury traditionally built stone villa in the countryside of south-east Istria. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, garden and pool, WiFi. Air-conditioned.
Villa Faisana
Villa Faisana An attractive, modern air-conditioned villa in Puntizela, close to Pula, 400m from the coast, close to beaches and Brijuni National Park. Four bedrooms and four ensuite bathrooms. Large pool and terrace. Summer kitchen. BBQ. WiFi. Playground. Parking. Sea views.
Villa Umma
Villa Umma A luxury, air-conditioned modern villa with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, large garden and private pool, bar and games & fitness room, WiFi, BBQ. Peaceful countryside location, 8km from the major historic town of Pula and its beaches. Pet friendly, lots of parking.
Villa Del Mar
Villa Del Mar A luxury 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom air conditioned villa situated in a charming village and only 10 metres from the seashore, 500 metres from a main beach. 2 sitting rooms, 2 kitchens, large garden, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and barbecue, parking and WiFi. Nearby marina for boating enthusiasts.
Villa Rondino
Villa Rondino A luxury, air-conditioned three bedroom, three bathroom modern country villa in a charming village of Bratulici, lovely garden and pool, BBQ, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, WiFi. Pet friendly. Fabulous all year round villa. Horse riding. Beach 5km.
Villa Varadella
Villa Varadella Charming villa which is a renovated lighthouse, situated close to a rocky beach with fantastic sea views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. WiFi, BBQ, parking, pet friendly.
Villa Monticello
Villa Monticello A five bedroom, three bathroom luxury country villa, air-conditioned, private garden and pool, BBQ, WiFi, table tennis, volleyball/tennis area, small football, pool table and gym.
Villa Kikka
Villa Kikka A luxury, four bedroom, four bathroom modern country villa, plenty of style and comfort, stunning views, privacy, walled garden and pool, BBQ, summer kitchen, terraces, parking, WiFi, sea views from upper floors.
Villa Mint
Villa Mint An ultra-modern open plan 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa located in the old fishing village of Krnica. Partially air conditioned, large swimming pool, Turkish steam room, outside terrace dining area, WiFi, sea views and pet friendly.
Villa De Sissiano
Villa De Sissiano A luxury, spacious air conditioned 4 bedroom country villa, 3km to beach and 1km to restaurants. Pool, BBQ, WiFi, and stunning countryside views. Designed for wheelchair access.
Villa Mirabelle
Villa Mirabelle A colourful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa close to Pula. Air-conditioning, private pool, outside terrace and short distance to beach.
Villa Callesandra
Villa Callesandra A charming and colourful 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom villa near the sea and close to Pula. Air-conditioning, WiFi, private pool, outside dining and close proximity to beautiful beaches.
Villa Aero
Villa Aero A charming 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa located just outside Pula. Air-conditioning, WiFi, private Pool, terrace dining and close proximity to the city centre.
Villa City
Villa City A 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa, located on the coast in Pula. Air-conditioning, WiFi, terrace dining and swimming pool.
Villa Helix
Villa Helix A charming 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom stone villa located only a short drive from Pula city centre. Air-conditioning, WiFi, Private Pool, Terrace Dining and stunning views.
Villa Rose
Villa Rose A charming 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa perfect for families. WiFi. Swimming pool, large garden laid to lawn, BBQ, volley ball court and mini football.
Villa Istrian Sea
Villa Istrian Sea A modern, air-conditioned, 5 bedroom , 3 bathroom villa, extra WC, arranged as 2 apartments, pool, walled garden, BBQ, WiFi, fabulous sea views, pet friendly, town walking distance. Sea 150 metres
Villa Yullia
Villa Yullia An air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, renovated and extended town villa, large walled garden, heated pool, WiFi, BBQ, playground, table tennis, sauna, pet friendly.
Villa Romilly
Villa Romilly A renovated, authentic istrian stone cottage, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, partially air-conditioned, large private pool, pool bar, secluded garden, BBQ, WiFi, badminton, parking, pet friendly, beach 3km.
Villa Mahalia
Villa Mahalia A new, luxury, air-conditioned, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa, quiet location, walled garden and a very large private pool, BBQ, WiFi, rural location, 2km to sea, parking, scuba diving.
Villa Ellenor
Villa Ellenor A new, luxury, air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa, quiet location, walled garden and large private pool, BBQ, WiFi, rural location, 2km to sea, underwater world to explore!


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