PULA - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION
Pula is the main regional town in Istria, with a good selection of restaurants and an attractive shopping area. Walk through Pula and experience old town streets and squares some of which were there even in Roman times. The stunning amphitheatre is from the first century AD and ranks the sixth largest in the world. The town centre is about 10 minutes drive from Pula airport.
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 pensinsula provides kilometres of unspoilt coastline and many bays or rocky headlands where you can swim in the crystal clear sea.
Bay in Premantura
Jumping at Rt Kamenjak
From the town of Fazana you can take a boat trip to the islands of Brioni, another national park area and formerly the summer residence of Yugolavia's President Tito.
The Istrian coastal towns
The west coast of Istria is within easy reach. Many of the towns on this coast are communities first established in the Roman era or earlier but the dominant influence that can be seen today is Venetian. Most of the major coastal towns were under the control of the Venetian Republic during the medieval period. At the northern end of the coast the charming town of Novigrad is worth visiting; it has an attractive harbour crowded with local fishing boats and an old town surrounded by fortifications and on the outer side (away from the harbour) a lungamare (promenade) providing a pleasant walk along the coast and an ideal place to sunbathe and swim.
Further down the coast 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.
Other coastal towns well documented in guide books are Porec, Umag, Vrsar and Piran in Slovenia. On the east coast of Istria, Opatija provides a contrast with its grand villas built in the 19th century for the Austro Hungarian aristocracy, a delightful lungamare (promenade) and some fine restaurants.
Central Istria is often compared to Tuscany. The undulating landscape with vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and river valleys is studded with numerous hilltop towns and villages, many originating from the medieval period and earlier and almost all offering spectacular vantage points over the surrounding countryside. The guide books pick out the hilltop towns of Motovun and Groznjan but there are many others worth exploring and we will provide you with our own suggestions of places off the usual tourist routes that should not be missed. These medieval settlements have charming village houses, squares and alleyways and in towns like Oprtalj and Motuvun more imposing architecture and fortifications.
To the east side of Istria the old town of Labin and the hilltop village of Gracisce are worth visiting.
Excellent wines are produced in the area and well marked wine routes lead you through charming countryside to wineries where you can sample some of the best Croatian wines. Notable are the Kozlovic and Markezic wineries.
Our Villas in Pula
|A two bedroom, two bathroom air conditioned villa with a large olive garden and pool. Pet friendly.|
|A first floor air-conditioned apartment, renovated in 2012, with three bedrooms and three shower rooms, a balcony with sea view and an exclusive pool and garden.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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 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.|
|A colourful 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom villa close to Pula. Air-conditioning, private pool, outside terrace and short distance to beach.|
|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.|
|A large spacious 8 bedroom, 6 bathroom villa located near the coast in Pula. Air-conditioning, WiFi, private pool, gym, outside terrace dining, and stunning coastal views.|
|A charming 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom colourful villa located just outside Pula. Air-conditioning, WiFi, Private Pool, Terrace dining and close proximity to city centre.|
|A relaxing 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa located near to Pula. Air-conditioning, WiFi, private pool, indoor sauna, games room, children's play ground, BBQ and terrace dining.|
|A stunning 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa located just outside Pula in the countryside. Air-conditioning, WiFi, Private Pool, Outdoor Jacuzzi, Terrace dining and beautiful views.|
|A 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa, located on the coast in Pula. Air-conditioning, WiFi, terrace dining and swimming pool.|
|A charming 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom stone villa located only a short drive from Pula city centre. Air-conditioning, WiFi, Private Pool, Terrace Dining and stunning views.|
|A lovely spacious 9 bedroom, 8 bathroom villa located in Pula. Air-conditioning, Private Pool, Terrace dining, games room and close proximity to the beach.|
|A pretty, air-conditioned single storey villa with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, located near Fazana. Internet connection, hedge garden, BBQ, large private pool and glimpses of the sea from the garden.|
|A charming 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa perfect for families. Swimming pool, large lawn garden, volley ball court and mini football. WiFi and BBQ.|
|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|
|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.|
|An air-conditioned, luxury, modern villa, superb location, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, garden, pool, WiFi, BBQ, parking, sea views, beach 100 metres.|
|A renovated, authentic Istria stone cottage, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, partially air-conditioned, large private pool, dance area, pool bar, secluded garden, BBQ, WiFi, badminton, parking, pet friendly, assisted wheelchair access, beach 3km.|