Fun things to do in Pula

  • Near the main entrance of the Venetian Fortress.
    Near the main entrance of the Venetian...
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  • On our way to the Venetian Fortress of Pula.
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  • Some remnants of the Second World War.
    Some remnants of the Second World War.
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    Venetian Fortress – Museum or not?

    by Jerelis Written Apr 22, 2015

    The entrance fee of the Venetian Fortress is very mild. I paid 40 Kuna for the two of us, which is about EUR6,-. This is good value for your money. The lady at the entrance was very friendly and helpfully in her broken English. When we stepped into the courtyard of the castle, we saw a collection of machine guns (oiled, but out of use). Oddly, there was no explanation of what they were or why they were there. In a way this tells the story of the “History Museum” that was supposed to be inside the castle. Taking this in account we were a bit disappointed by the exhibit, which was really rudimentary, particularly if you expect a museum. We saw several diplomas, coins, weapons, military equipment, maps and old postcards. However, the way that the pieces were just thrown together, without any real explanations or order is annoying.

    There was, however, an unexpected bonus; a show of 1950 – 1975 photographs of Pula and Istria. The photos were great and gave a nice feel of those times. So if you are interested in photography do not miss it.

    Amazing entrance of the Venetian Fortress. Sam on his way inside the main tower. View from the main tower at the sea. Sam is enjoying the view. Canons just outside the Venetian Fortress of Pula.
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    Venetian Fortress – Go for the view!

    by Jerelis Written Apr 22, 2015

    The Venetian Fortress is a beautiful star-shaped structure with four bastions. It was built by French architect Antoine de Ville, who specialized in military architecture. The castle was designed to protect Pula’s port. Besides this fact there was very little actual information on the fort itself. Later on we learned that stones from the Amphitheatre were taken and used in the construction of other buildings in Pula, including this particular castle.

    We walked our way over the defensive walls, and because the castle is set upon the hill, it is giving you the view over Pula you don’t want to miss. The Venetian Fortress is situated quite high so you get real views over the city in every direction and can get great photos. The views are fantastic on every side of the fort and the layout is very clear. So, if you have a spare hour or so and the weather is good, this isn’t a bad quick visit.

    Beautiful view at the Rman Theatre of Pula. View towards the harbor of Pula. The highest point (tower) of Pula Castle. Could not get enough of the views. Sam is reloading some canons!
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    Venetian Fortress – Castle of Pula.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 22, 2015

    After the Amphitheatre, the Venetian Fortress is perhaps one of the city’s more historic sites. This castle was built during the Venetian rule. The Venetians took over Pula in 1331 and would rule the city until 1797. We learned that some kind of a building has existed here since Roman times, only to be replaced by the current castle by the Venetians in the 14th century.

    The hike towards the castle is strenuous indeed, do keep that in mind and take some water to drink with you! I walked my way up with my son Sam (9 years old) and it was an easy to follow route as there are many sign showing the way towards the castle. Half way the hike we even visited the amazing Small Roman Theatre which is built against the hill of the castle. We continued the quiet and scenic walk taking us to the entrance of the castle. Sam was immediately intrigued by the huge guns that were there on the castle defense walls. Time for us to enter it.

    Near the main entrance of the Venetian Fortress. On our way to the Venetian Fortress of Pula. Some remnants of the Second World War. The view we had at the Roman Amphitheatre. Sam in a beautiful pharmacy inside the fortress.
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    Twin Gates and city walls

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2015

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    Imagine a medieval barricade, built in a hurry, while the enemy approaches: Everything possible was used, and so, stones, pillars and maybe statues were piled in despair.

    Time passed and the now useless walls were destroyed, but a small part stands, by the kept twin doors. Browse the walls - Impressive!

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    Main Center

    by shavy Written Aug 7, 2014

    The main square of Paula is classical and medieval is situated at the foot of the central hill, in the western part of the city close to the sea. Is also where everyone's taking place for meet. Is a big main square where you'll find restaurants and cafes, the tourist office is also around here.

    Today is a Saturday, we just arrived and we haven't have a breakfast yet due to very early flight. So here we are in the main center of Pula having breakfast, is quite busy for an early morning. The shopping streets is just nearby. In this place you will find the town hall and the forum

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    Playground park

    by shavy Written Aug 7, 2014

    We were just walking around crossed to one place another and we came to this place, a playground in a park. We decided to walk along the harbor but before that, we cross to this place. Is sort of playground where there were swing and other playground equipment for children. This located near the harbor is nice place for children to play. In front of the park there were a statue, not sure who it is and why it stands here

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    Kastel

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 3, 2012

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    The most important and the oldest fortification architecture is the large bastion fort on the hill Kastel. The bastion was built on a height above the city, strategically the most prominent place, where the principal city defence fort had stood and was modified during the millennia. It is actually Venetian fortress Citadel which dominates the high ground in the center of the city.
    The Historical Museum of Istria is today located in the fort.
    The local population called it Kastel.

    Ka?tel
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    St. Nishola's Church

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    The present Orthodox Church of St. Nicolas, formerly the church of the Native of the Virgin Mary, originated in 6th century on the remains of a Roman building (oribably a temple).
    During Venetian rule the church was in 1538 given over to the Greek orthodox population that had moved to Pula from Cyprus and Nauplion.

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    Giardini - the trees and tables to sit

    by picek Updated Jun 24, 2011

    At historic edge of Pula, by the triumphal arch of Sergi and next to ruins of a city wall there's impressive leafy area of Giardini, whose trees grows into monumental heights and cast thick shade. Relaxing under their canopies will be true treat for your senses especially on a hot summer day or evening.
    It makes for an atmospheric place - with tables lined on the pavement under canopies, people indulging in vivid talks, busy side streets with fast food outlets, banks, bus stop, small shops and agencies outlets... many services used by local and foreign men within area that connects Ancient to (post)Modern periods of time.
    The size of trees suggest long life of a park - and it was in 19th century that first plants were grown here. Laters it become platform for public events and gatherings, therefore living its life fullest. It remains till today one of the most appreciated sections of the city - and it's a pleasure to have an early morning coffee there.

    spring visits to Pula differ from summer ones fun taking that korzo in Pula
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    ... and looking for antique stuff

    by picek Updated Jun 24, 2011

    There's also small antique market in a side street near main open doors 'tržnica': more like flea market where some barganing comes useful if you're buying something. It's only kept before noon on Saturdays and light stroll will reveal plenty of stuff considered 'antique'. Well, some things are just old, others are kind of recent. Bank notes, records, coins, second hand souvenirs, old postcards, posters, dolls, books, dishes and lamps, handicarfts, some knifes and arms, military jackets and helmets... hectic collection of stuff from who knows where.
    Sold by some unique faces of Pula, an image of some certainly draws attention to their corner and helps them sell their stuff... well, among all that competition it's important to be noticed, one or the other way.

    shopping in Pula on the street
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    where all streets end

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Today's main square of Pula is evolved from Forum of Roman era - therefore it continues to bear the same name yet within different time frame and entierly different population. The natural question comes whether you're on rush visit to have time to sit down for some fish and wine at some of a few forum's restaurants, or you'll just collect bits and pieces of Pula's historic heart. I guess first option is the most pleasant one.

    Another person may consider having some wine here at the cafe - and will enjoy watching the flow of people in late evening when historic architecture is illuminated... the nearby streets extending from other corners of a square, town's hall, Dom branitelja, Augusutus temple... and there is sea very close to it!

    In conclusion - Forum remains in the heart of public life from Antiquity till today. By day and sometimes by night when only a place or two are open.

    meet today's forumers
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    through monumental gates

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Every now and then you may actually enter the oldest part of Pula through Triumphal arch of the Sergi, which is somewhat symbolic passage between leafy and easy going 'gardens' of Giardini to the colorful and vibrant, stone paved Sergijevaca street which will eventually lead you to Forum.

    The arch was built between 29-27 BC, dedicated to Pula's significant and powerful family of Sergi (and especially to three Sergi brothers), themselves being high ranking officials and soldiers during Roman times for that corner of empire. Beautifully decorated structure symbolizes the conquest at battle of Aticum and it's now one of the town's most inspiring buildings, the gates whose wine relief expresses one of the favourite plants of people of Antiquity and suggests pleasures derived from enjoing it in its fermented and liquid form.

    James Joyce sees the gates from a terrace of a cafe next to it and only in the middle of night, these key points of Pula seem little deserted upon still warm stone.

    flow with many questions wines in stone and minutal steps
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    somehow 'the main street' - Sergijevaca

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Liked said before, Sergi's were powerful and high ranking officials in Istria during times of Roman and beside triumphal gates, the main street in old Pula is named upon them; now this is also Pula's busiest promenade, traffic free area, paved with stone, little curved so you cannot see it all straight till the other end, lined by traditional Mediterranean houses, some freshly colored with some Renaissance decoration and other plain simple. It takes some minutes walking between the Arch of Sergi and Forum to take the distance between both ends.

    The street hosts loads of souvenir shops, some galleries, fashion shops, sidestreet cafes and small restaurants; stream of people during summer inhabit it at all times from early morning till late in night, but even during the darkest hours it remains illuminated, and for my taste - it's 5 am when the street is the most pleasant, especially if you had been with a nice company and had a good wine till the morning.

    entering Forum at the end of Sergijevaca the Renaissance architecture in the street
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    celebrating artefacts of Antiquity

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    If you're into Ancient history, drop a visit to Augustus temple - impressive Roman era built shrine from 1st century AD as one of the oldest buildings consisting the edge of a Forum. It was originally dedicated to godess Roma and to emperor Augustus, whom reigned in that time and by all logic, it was built in centre of town, at the main square. Exhibited inside are the remaining and well preserved stone sculptures and relieves from that historic period from Istrian archeological sites and with detail worth to study closely. Indeed, a proof of vibrant events and complex societies inhabiting those grounds!

    The grand stairs and massive columns of a shrine provide excellent site to sit down on evenings and form here, a little elevated view reveals the actual activity at the square. And when it rains, without umbrella, its roof welcomes you too.

    It's indeed tiny museum, but atmospheric one.

    Adults pay 10 kuna per ticket and may buy some Pula souvenirs at the reception desk. You may want to have one of those fake amphoras with you, as the real ones are too precious to be sold.

    Beautiful Hator of second half of 1.st century powerful columns of Augustus temple Romans knew to build
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    shopping at Pulas main outdoor market

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Best place to buy vegetable, fruit and local food products - though not necessary cheaper than supermarket; but the pleasure of face to face shopping evolves almost into monumental spheres in this square under chestnut trees: the tradition of interaction between a costumer and seller continues from ancient times. These things deserve to live and let's not only stand by side as observants. Let's be part of the action and bring home some of the delicios things of Istria. They're real treasure. Consider some honey, olive oil or jams, but why not also some nice rakija, nuts, maybe dried figs and dried sponges?

    Saturdays and noons are best - take a look at organic section that takes place on that particular day for the highest local quality.

    market under wild chestnuts delights of early spring at market
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