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Pula (population c.60,000) is the capital of Istria in North Western Croatia. The city is most famous for its magnificent 1st century Roman amphitheatre which is one of finest and best preserved in the world. It is still in use today as an arts venue. The best places to stay in Pula, both in the town itself and surrounding area, are great bases allowing you to enjoy the multitude of fascinating things to do and places to go.
Pula is characterised by its simple stone houses which rub shoulders with glorious Roman remains. In the 19th century the city became one of Austria-Hungary’s most fashionable resorts. Gas streetlighting, trams and railways were installed and neo-classical hotels and smart villas built.
Apart from the magnificent ‘Arena’, there is the 1st century triumphal arch, the Arch of the Sergii and the Temple of Rome and Augustus among many other sites of antiquity.
The Old Quarter with its narrow streets teems with medieval and renaissance buildings; the Byzantine Chapel of St. Mary Formosa, the Church of St. Francis, the Cathedral of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful - in particular the Burijuni National Park, which has drawn people from all over the world.
There are beaches, fishing villages, one can try scuba diving and exlore the wrecks of Roman galleys and warships from the First World War. The area is also a great place to discover on a bicycle.
Like most of Croatia's resorts, the best places to stay in Pula get very booked up during July and August. So if you're planning a summer visit, get organised and book early!
For off the beaten track luxury
- Wine Hotel and Restaurant Meneghetti is a boutique four bedroomed Hotel situated on a secluded estate in the heart of the Istrian vineyards and offers the ultimate wine and dine experience. It is a haven of peace and privacy with luxury and refinement and a great base for enjoying the outdoor activities or simply chilling out!
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Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti 2 rooms from $130Pula
A beautiful stone farmhouse with its own vineyards and olive groves in the heart of Istria. Romantic rustic rooms and suites have wooden floors and pastel furnishings. Stunning views, Mediterranean cuisine, indoor and outdoor pools, and dining areas dotted around. Utterly romantic and rural.Foodies - Healthy and fragrant Mediterranean cuisine.Romantic BreakSwimming Pool - Indoor and Outdoor PoolsGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux