Pula, Croatia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Pula is the largest and most authentic city of the Istrian Peninsula, in Croatia, placed in its southern tip. It is famous for the Roman ruins, some of which are very well preserved, such as the Arena, where concerts and shows are organized. Pula was an important port of the Adriatic in time and it had various landlords, such as Venetians or Habsburgic emperors, until it reached its current shape. Nowadays, besides tourism, the city has an important shipbuilding center and is a trade point. However, this doesn't spoil the verdant coastline and smooth sea.
Verudela Peninsula, a few kilometers to the south, is the biggest center for hotels, restaurant and nightlife of Pula. Road connections are very well established between all the cities of Istria and around Pula, there are many bus routes. Further south, there is the Premantura Peninsula, hosting a natural park. A few kilometers away from Pula, there is the Brijuni Islands national park that is easily reachable from the city for a day trip.
There is an international airport next to Pula. Various airlines provide connections with some important European cities during the high season, while there are, also, a few domestic flights to Zadar. In the airport, there are car rental offices, as well as transfer to the city for €4. Another option for reaching Pula is by ferry from Venice, but only during high season. The trip is short, but it is recommended to book in advance. Also, Jadrolinija, the Croatian ferry operator, provides a few routes between Croatian cities in Istria and Dalmatia. Pula is, also, connected by bus to other Croatian cities in Istria and the south and to Slovenia and Italy to the north.