Should you visit Pula, Croatia? The best way to do it
Debating wether or not to visit the city of Pula in Croatia? While I always think the answer is to visit for yourself, I want to share my experience with you as I know how hard it can be to make a decision. While the city of Pula is not the first thing you might think of when someone mentions Croatia, it's certainly no reason to write it off.
For starters, the Pula Arena is such a sight to see in person and rivals Rome's Colosseum. It's also the only Roman amphitheater in the world with a complete circle wall. To this date, the arena is fully operating and I feel so lucky to have attended for the opening of Dimensions festival - which is a HUGE music festival in Pula. The experience was so surreal and something I never imagined was possible. Pula is home to so many festivals during the summer and I would highly recommend you visit during this time. Despite the influx of tourist for the events, the city never felt overcrowded at any point.
If you are anything like me and enjoy a cocktail while sightseeing, you can visit the corner stand in front of the arena which offers drinks to go! My favorite one? The mojito! They are so good that I swear we stopped by each day on the trip. After all, calories don't count during vacation, right?
The best way to see Pula is by walking, the city is very walkable and you're bound to encounter cute shops, bars, and restaurants everywhere. Please note to carry cash with you tho, as some places won't take credit cards. Better to be safe than sorry!
Of course, no visit to Croatia would be complete without spending time in the Adriatic Sea. The waters are truly beautiful and make any trip to Pula worthwhile. However, do note that the waters are some of the rockiest I've ever experienced, so I'd recommend bringing water shoes with you.
The main reason for my trip to Pula, was the wedding of one of my friends and honestly I am so grateful that she chose Pula as the destination. My time in the city was truly magical! With that said, Pula is quite small and I'd recommend not staying for more than 2 nights in the city as the options are quite limited.
After your time in Pula, I'd recommend you head to the breathtaking town of Rovinj, which is only a 40 minute drive away. The town is one of the cutest places I'ver visited and feels like if you are in a movie set!
We took a boat from Pula to Rovinj but would not recommend the experience to anyone. It's so much more efficient to take a Taxi and honestly if you are traveling in a group, it's also the cheaper option.
I must say that Rovinj has some incredible restaurants to keep you busy for days! One of the highlights was La Puntulina! The food was delicious and the views were out of this world! It just doesn't get any better than that! But then again, everything in Rovinj was such a dreamy experience. Basically I really loved Rovinj and would recommend you add it to your travel itinerary if you choose to visit Pula. You won't regret it!