Holidaying in Pula, Croatia – part 2 - Al Fresco Holidays
As promised – here is our second installment of Travel Supermarket blog. This time, find out what to do with your time in Croatia.
Where to go/what to do
Pula has pretty much everything: cultural history, stunning architecture, museums, an aquarium, go karting tracks and plenty of beaches to soak up some sun.
Firstly, you cannot visit Pula without going to the Roman Amphitheatre; once used for gladiator battles and now a concert venue that has hosted many world renowned names such as Pavarotti, Jose Carrerras, Sting, Jamiroquai and Elton John. The 6th largest remaining arena from the Roman Empire, the Pula Arena is the only Roman Amphitheatre that still has all four side towers still standing, along with the three Roman architectural orders still intact.
There are many other Roman structures still standing in Pula, such as the Temple of Augustus, the Gate of Hercules, the Golden Gate and the Forum. There is also the Archaeological Museum of Istria, home to many Roman artefacts discovered by locals over the years.
Croatia holidays are not just about history; if this isn’t your thing – don’t worry; there’s still plenty to do. Pula is a port that once thrived on its shipping trade, whereas nowadays you can head down to the Marina and admire the boats and yachts on display, while enjoying dinner at one of the cafes and restaurants by the waterside.
If you have kids with you, head down to the aquarium. Admission is free for children under 3, while adults will pay around £7 to see turtles, animal life from the Adriatic Sea, tropical saltwater fish and poisonous sea organisms, along with exhibitions that change regularly, often showing photographs of marine life, and there’s also a marine education centre for the children.
There’s also the local speedkarting track – Green Garden; where you can race against your family and other people on holiday. Prices for 10 minutes are between £7-15 depending on what CC engine you decide to use. Green Garden also offers paintball and local safari tours.
The most popular day trip for tourists is a visit to the Brijuni Islands. Boat trips run daily from a small town near Pula called Fažana , however the trips can easily be booked through your hotel or the tourist information office in Pula. The Brijuni islands are a national park, consisting of 14 islands, but only two can be visited and you must be part of an organised excursion. There are dinosaur footprints, local wildlife featuring over 250 bird species and the resting place of the owner of the Brijuni Islands. Trips include a tour of the islands and a mini safari.
Let us know what you think and if you have any other ideas of what to do in Croatia!