Pula Tourist Traps

  • Sam at the Forum of Pula.
    Sam at the Forum of Pula.
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  • Facade of the Temple of Roma and August.
    Facade of the Temple of Roma and August.
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  • On our way to the Forum Square.
    On our way to the Forum Square.
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    Pula Arena – Do visit the cellars!

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2015

    Today the Pula Arena is the venue for summer performances - the Film Festival, Opera Season, Equestrian Festival and concerts. The amphitheater can seat about 5,000 spectators. The underground passages, once used by the gladiators, nowadays host a regular exhibition of viticulture and olive growing in Istria in ancient times. So, make sure you also visit these cellars as there is an interesting display of Roman artefacts and maps of the Roman Empire. From a tour guide we heard that many visitors miss out on the little museum, because they leave the Pula Arena without even knowing that there is this nice spot to visit.

    We walked our way down the stairs and saw that the exhibits include reconstructions of machines once used for the production of olive oil and wine (mills, presses, vessels) and amphorae used for storing and transporting olive oil and wine. We also had a closer look at the interesting maps of the Roman Empire. For sure the Pula Arena is a tourist trap, but it is also a must see once you are in Pula or even near Pula. We were very impressed by this magnificent building and loved the atmosphere and its historical importance. Enjoy your stay!

    Address: Scalierova Ulica 30, 52100 Pula.
    Directions: Just outside the old city walls near het marina, can’t miss it!

    Sam on his way to the cellar of the Pula Arena. Some stone wine jars in the cellar. Learn about the history and be amazed! Some more artifacts to look at. Once again outside the Pula Amphitheatre.
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    Pula Arena – Sixth largest and best preserved.

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2015

    There are many Roman amphitheaters scattered around Europe and north Africa. This one in Pula is the sixth largest and one of best preserved. After we explored the central flat area it was time for us to have a look at the stands of the amphitheater. We learned that the stands were quite steep and the stairs were strenuous to walk on. But once at the top we knew it was worth while the walk. On the top of the walls we saw a gutter that collected rainwater. We could still see the slabs used to secure the fabric canopy, which protected spectators from the sun.

    Another beautiful thing was the fact that at that point we could overlook the harbour northeast of the old town. Looking down at the arena we once again realized that this amphitheater was able to accommodate approximately 20,000 spectators and was the host to gladiatorial battles under the Romans and the tournaments of knights in medieval times. Beautiful, inspiring and historically fascinating were words that came to us. Now restored with a capacity of 5,000 people, Pula Arena’s shows are far more docile in nature and are mostly operas and film festival.

    Address: Scalierova Ulica 30, 52100 Pula.
    Directions: Just outside the old city walls near het marina, can’t miss it!

    Overview at the Pula Amphitheatre. Sam, Cyrille and Iris inside the Pula Amphitheatre Being amazed by its historical magnificence. Standing at the arena. View at the stands of the Pula Amphitheatre.
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    Pula Arena – Built in the 1st century.

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2015

    We entered the amphitheater of Pula and were thrilled by it. Pula Arena was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome. Once we were inside we saw that the ground plan was elliptical. We read that the longer part measures about 130 meters and the shorter one about 100 meters. Gladiator fights took place in the central flat area called the arena, while the spectators could sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. It is believed that the Amphitheater could seat about 20,000 spectators. Local limestone was used for its construction. In the Middle Ages it was the site of knights tournaments and fairs.

    To be honest we simply stood in awe when we wandered our way over the central flat area. We just took our time and wonder about, walked in the footsteps of ancient Romans. It was well worth a visit to just look and think about what it must have been like back in the day, what it must have been like. Therefore we were just imagining what ever took place here and were trying to visualize that. Step by step we walked around and felt the vibe and I was taking photos of every corner or stone, just could not stop it. It is truly so impressive!

    Address: Scalierova Ulica 30, 52100 Pula.
    Directions: Just outside the old city walls near het marina, can’t miss it!

    Iris, Sam and myself inside the Pula Amphitheatre. View at the harbour. Could not stop making pictures ... :) Looking down at the arena. Cyrille and Paulien inside the Pula Amphitheatre.
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    Pula Arena – Pula Amphitheatre.

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2015

    The Amphitheater of Pula is the most famous and important monument of the city of Pula for sure. Before we even set a foot in Pula we already knew that it is the starting and ending point of every sightseeing tour. During the summer of 2014 we stayed for two weeks at a campsite in Fazana, which is very nearby Pula. We visited Pula a few times and definitely liked its culture, vibe and inhabitants, a joy to visit! In advance of our first visit we knew we wanted to see the Amphitheater of Pula, popularly called the Pula Arena, which was once the site of gladiator fights.

    We parked our car at the parking spots of the Valerijin Park and right at that spot we were already able to see the contours of the Pula Arena. Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Pula Arena we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists yet. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. We first walked a bit around the amphitheater before we went inside. The entrance fee was mild in our opinion; 70KN for adults and 30KN for children. Time for us to explore it!

    Address: Scalierova Ulica 30, 52100 Pula.
    Directions: Just outside the old city walls near het marina, can’t miss it!

    Arrving at the Pula Amphitheatre. In front of the entrance of the Pula Amphitheatre. Looking around inside the Pula Amphitheatre. Sam is enjoying the view. Being amazed by its beauty.
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    Forum – The busy center.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 13, 2015

    Without a doubt is the Forum the busy center of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)

    At the north west part of the square you will see two magnificent buildings. First of all the Temple of Romae and Augustus. The second building is the Pula City Hall, called the Communal Palace, which is situated in the heart of the present city of Pula. The spot occupied by the Palace has been used for the public buildings since ancient Rome. The Forum is a fun place to be as it is still one of the central gathering places in the city today. The square is a pedestrian only area and lined with cafes and restaurants. Like I said above … a must see spot in the city of Pula!

    Overview at the Forum square of Pula. A look at the City Hall at the Forum. At the Forum of Pula.
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    Forum – Temple and more.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 13, 2015

    Before we decided where we wanted to go during the summer of 2014, of course we did some research on Google about Pula. One of the things that intrigued me immediately was the fact that there was a beautiful ancient temple exposed right at Forum, the city center of this old city. This Temple of Romae and August is the best preserved portion of the Forum. It was built in the 1st century and later converted into a church under Byzantine rule. The Temple consists of 6 columns which make up the open entrance. The temple now displays a number of Roman sculptures.

    Other places of interest will be found if you just look up to the beautiful facades of the surrounding buildings of the square. Maybe it is a good tip to have a cold refreshment at one of the terraces, sit on a comfortable chair, just look around and enjoy the vibrancy of this beautiful spot.

    The Forum seen via the Temple of Rome and August. The entrance of the Temple of Rome and Augustus. Beautiful facade of Temple of Rome and Augustus. Leaving the amazing Forum sqaure of Pula.
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    Forum – The main square.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 13, 2015

    Pula is the oldest town in the south part of Istria. Based on archaeological evidence, the settlement dates to the 10th century BC. Greek pottery and a part of a statue of Apollo have been found. Later on the city also became a major port, and that always stayed that way. The remains of the ancient city can still be seen at the central square called the Forum. For example you will immediately notice the Temple of Romae and August (built in the first century) and the 13th century Pula town hall.

    The main square (called the Forum) on which all these beautiful historical buildings are situated, is the natural center of the city of Pula: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 4th century.

    Sam at the Forum of Pula. Facade of the Temple of Roma and August. Standing near the back wall of the city hall. On our way to the Forum Square.
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    Five Pula Olympics are not Olympics in Pula !

    by JLBG Updated Sep 21, 2011

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    Pula is the currency of Botswana. The photo represents a 5 pula coin issued for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    Fun Alternatives: Haha, not really a tourist trap but a Vter private joke.

    Who will find the clue will earn my consideration !

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    Olympics ?!?!

    by JLBG Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Five Pula !

    What is that ?

    One is enough !

    Olympics in Pula ?

    Great news !

    Oh, that was in 1988 ?

    I don't understand, I was in Pula and nobody told me ! It must have been private !

    Fun Alternatives: Haha, not really a tourist trap but a Vter joke.

    Who will find the clue will earn my consideration !

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    Brijuni island - is it worth it?

    by tobhamor Written Nov 4, 2004

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    We made a day trip to Brijuni from Pula. Kind of wondered why we did because you have to go on an escorted tour so you have very little time to see the interesting things on the island. OK, so the Avenue of Pines and the 1700 year old olive tree aren't so spectacular, but there are some Roman ruins it would have been nice to explore for more than 10 minutes.

    Unique Suggestions: Sneak off from your tour group and hire a bicycle or just walk around. We didn't realise bike hire was possible until we were leaving.

    Avenue of Pines

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    Not all restaurants offer the fresh Seafood

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    Like in any other touristic places on earth there are reastaurants and "restaurants". If you do not care how much you will spend for lunch, I suggest you "Milan", Borghesia" "Fra-Kat", or "Valsabbion". If the price metter to you, take your own risk.

    Unique Suggestions: Let me teach you how to recognize the fresh fish:
    - open the eye of the fish (when the waiter showing you the offer of the day), if it looks gloomy the fish is not fresh
    - the other test is; remove the gill, it must be of light pink colour, if not the fish was freezed up.

    Arena
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    Cheaper to Brijuni Archipelago

    by Skeptic-jr Written Aug 20, 2003

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    The tickets on the cruise by boat around the Brijuni Archipelago are cheaper when you start from Fazana. So if you want to save some money you would better take a boat (and a ticket too, of course) rather there than in Pula. Although offers are very similar (trip around, food and some drinks, 1-2 hour stay on beach at one of islands) and only the way ?to" the archipelago is a bit longer, the differences in prices can reach up to 50 per cent (e.g. 150 and 100 kuna). The most expensive, but without any doubts also the most impressive, will be the cruise which includes a visit on the main island.

    Brijuni Archipelago
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    In most clubs and popular...

    by Anita_Porec Written Aug 26, 2002

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    In most clubs and popular places, you will have to pay to use the toilet (sometimes up to 2.00 EUR )
    What can I say, take a leak before you leave the house. Also, exchange you money in the exchange office, not on the street. Don't buy drugs from locals at clubs. When visiting Brioni, take the bus to Fazana and the ferry to Brioni. Don't take the boat from Prorec or further up as you will pay 3X as much and won't see anything special.

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    The Fortress or Kastel....

    by bonio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Fortress or Kastel. Without wanting too upset anyone, not all that interesting or infomative. Only real plus are the great views over the city and harbour. Also a very steep climb up from the harbour- Mrs Bonio less than impressed!

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    I havent found any real...

    by madla Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I havent found any real tourist trap. We only had a bit negative feeling while visiting 'Historical museum of Pula'. Things inside did not interested us too much :-(( But it has a good lookout tower.

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