Holidaying in Pula, Croatia - Al Fresco Holidays
Many people don’t consider Croatia as a family holiday, that’s why Travel Supermarket will be guest blogging over the next couple of weeks to tell everyone why this isn’t true, give top tips on where to go, and help you make the most of your holiday. So – here’s part one!
When you’re thinking of planning a family holiday, one of the last places you’d think to go is Croatia, however the Adriatic country is fast becoming the new place to visit before it becomes too tourist orientated.
Croatia is situated in the Adriatic Sea, to the east of Italy – a country that has inspired much of the nation’s architecture and culinary passions, after the Istrian peninsula was conquered by the Romans in 177BC. Pula in particular still has many Roman monuments left standing, after they have helped form the rich history of the city.
After the Second World War it became part of Croatia, when Italian residents fled back to Italy. Pula was inhabited by local Croats.
Getting to Pula shouldn’t be a problem – you can fly from London, Manchester and Edinburgh directly, or alternatively you can fly from the likes of Dublin to one of the country’s smaller airports.
Pula has a vast bus network, with short trips usually costing around £1 each, but remember to check with the driver if you can take on a backpack – some buses charge extra for this service (usually a nominal fee of around 20-30pence) but if you don’t ask, you may be refused entry onto the bus.
If you want to get a train into Zagreb, a return ticket will set you back around £28, or if you want to go to Slovenia, there is one train to Ljubljana a day, at 9.20am, and again a return will be between £25-30. Also, there are ferries to Venice and Trieste in Italy from the main port.
Taxis are a good way to get around, however in the evenings after 10pm there is an additional 20% on top of the standard fee per km. The initial fee for any journey is about £2.50, then you’ll pay around £1.10 per km after that, so if you’re taking a long trip, try and agree a fee with the driver before hand. The firm recommended to use by the Pula tourist board is: Taxi Hallo Auto City, tel: +385 98 138 3545.
You can also rent a car for a few days if you want to visit a few different places, or have a pushchair for a child that you’d like to take with you. Car hire in Croatia is no more expensive than anywhere else in Europe, and if you hire a car in the Balkans, most of the car hire companies allow you to drive into neighbouring countries, but also warn against renting a car in Croatia and driving into Serbia (and vice versa) as you may attract unwanted attention from locals.
Croatia has fairly low speed limits (a maximum of 55mph in most places) so make sure you drive safely as it’s so much lower than the UK.
More info to follow in the second guest post so keep a look out for it!