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Pula

Expect a wealth of Roman architecture in an unspoiled natural setting in this coastal Croatian city.

Our most recommended things to do in Pula

Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

1. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

2. Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

Visit the ancient amphitheater of Pula, where the inhabitants of the city once gathered to be entertained by gladiators and animal hunts. Beat the crowds and explore this magnificent ancient site with your pre-paid entrance ticket. See an amphitheater that has become the symbol of Pula one of the most popular and beautiful venues in Croatia for events, like concerts, festivals, and even recreation of gladiatorial tournaments in the summer months.  Get access to the permanent exhibition entitled "Istrian Olive and Viticulture in Antiquity" located in the underground area used by the gladiators during their tournaments.  See reproductions of tools and equipment for oil and wine production, such as mills, presses, and sedimentation tanks, as well as amphorae, which were used as packaging for oil and wine transportation.

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

3. Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

Kayak and snorkel your way along the coast of Pula to explore the city’s impressive sea caves. This fun and active 3-hour tour will take you to Seagull’s Rocks, where you’ll go diving inside a cave with snorkeling masks and underwater lights.  Your guides will document the adventure with GoPro underwater cameras, and share the photos with you after the tour. You will receive the link in a few days after the tour (photos are not being separated). The experienced guides will ensure your safety throughout the tour. Relax with a cold drink of water or beer after this amazing activity.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

4. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

This is a pleasant evening tour that will last for about 3 hours and take you out to the sea, to hopefully see some dolphins. You will start by boarding your boat Orion-Ariete at the Pula harbor. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city’s amphitheater as you sail out of the harbor. You'll be heading straight towards the Brijuni archipelago where you can start watching for dolphins. Then as the sun sets, you will be served a delicious Mediterranean dinner on board. There are a variety of entree items that you can choose from during the booking process. There's something to suit every taste including vegetarians. Although it is not guaranteed that you will see dolphins, the captain will always push forward to find them and enable you to enjoy dolphins in their natural habitat. Most of the time, dolphin families are spotted playing in the sea at some point during the cruise. Once the sun has set, the tour is nearly over and you'll head back to Pula harbor. Sailing back to the city, you can enjoy the seaside panoramic view of the city’s harbor under the evening lights.

Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

5. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

Meet at the Verudela resort area and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. It's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with LED lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. Imagine that you have a huge snorkelling mask but you don't have to get wet to observe what is going on under the sea. Experience transparent kayaking the way it's supposed to be. During the tour, catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos. Don't forget to look up at the starry sky and take in the heavens.

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

6. From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

Get a taste of Venice in a hassle-free manner on this full-day tour. Marvel at the city's museums, churches, and palaces, take a gondola ride in the canals, or sit back and soak up the city in a cafe, bar, or restaurant.  Start your day with check-in at the port of departure. Choose from either Porec, Rovinj, Pula, and Umag in Croatia, or Piran in Slovenia. Once you finish the check-in and passport control, begin your Venice experience. On the vessel, choose any seat you like and relax in comfort. While crossing the Adriatic Sea, receive an interesting explanation of Venice, its history, all the dos and don'ts in the city, what to expect, and any optional extras you can opt to take once there with your guides. Upon arrival in Venice at San Basilio, make your way through passport control. Then, walk to the center with your guides, or embark on an optional guided transfer to St. Mark's Square. Hear special stories of the city while avoiding the hot summer sun. Gather at Saint Marcus Square for your free guided tour of the square to help you appreciate Venice even more. After this, enjoy ample free time to explore the city, shop for souvenirs, take a walk in one of the many alleys, or sip a Bellini in one of the beautiful piazzas (squares). Alternatively, visit one of the many museums, churches or palazzos; your Venice experience is for you to create. Choose to join an optional gondola ride or have your guides organize a lunch for you to make your experience even more hassle-free. Later, head back to the port. Walk with the guides or take an optional water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge and all the palazzos en route. Embark upon your return journey aboard the catamaran, and sit back, relax, and reflect upon a wonderful day in Venice.

Pula: Old Town Food Tasting Tour

7. Pula: Old Town Food Tasting Tour

For all the foodies who love to explore local cuisines! During a 3-hour tour, you will enjoy a variety of dishes from all parts of Istria, ranging from traditional to modern classics, and find out more about local customs. It's a fun and informative tasting tour to the food market, but also local restaurants, and food shops in the very city center of Pula. Part of the tour will take place at the green market. It's a place where you will feel the local vibe while strolling through domestic food, a variety of fish and seafood, fruits, vegetables, meat, and traditional goat cheeses. Explore the market building that is not only a delight for the stomach but also an architectural masterpiece. Pula is the city on the sea, so when in Pula, you shouldn't miss all the variety of daily fresh fish and seafood that it has to offer. Alongside your seafood dish sip some of the best Istrian wines. Hear the story about the importance of goats in Istria, why there is a goat on the flag of Istria, and try different goat cheeses. Istria is best known for its (holy trinity) wine, olive oil, and truffles. You really shouldn't leave this area without trying them, luckily, on this tour, we will cover the tasting of all of these products. You will taste a range of different olive oils, and learn that Istria produces the best olive oils in the world. Hear the stories about different types of truffles and how to hunt them. Try different types of local brandy and decide on your favorite. Not to reveal all the details, you can expect some great seafood and cheese, a glass of local soda drink or wine, some Croatian chocolates for those with a sweet tooth, and much more. Our suggestion is – come hungry!

Pula: 3-Hour Cliffs and Caves Kayaking Tour

8. Pula: 3-Hour Cliffs and Caves Kayaking Tour

Before beginning your adventure, learn the basics of paddling, steering and controlling the kayak from your expert guide. When you're ready, head out to explore Pula's rocky coastline, cozy bays, and cute little caves. Visit a 30-meter long cave and admire its stalactites, natural cathedral and the many bats that call the cave home. Then, climb to the top of the cliffs and dive into the sea. Feel the breeze in your face and the adrenaline in your veins as you fly through the air and crash into the sea below. Afterward, take a snorkel mask and dive into the pristine waters of one of Pula's lesser-known locations. Discover the area's vibrant aquatic life and take breathtaking underwater photos for memories that will last a lifetime.

From Pula: Caves, Canyons Speedboat Tour to Kamenjak

9. From Pula: Caves, Canyons Speedboat Tour to Kamenjak

Take a 4-hour speedboat tour to see the coastline around Pula. Enjoy 2 stops for swimming, explore a cave, and see stunning views of Istria. Your speedboat tour begins in Pula's harbor. The largest harbor in Croatia, see interesting curiosities like an abandoned military establishment and a large shipyard. Find your meeting point and board your speedboat. Make a stop at a cave and see canyons as you head to Kamenjak, a nature reserve. Pull into the bay of the reserve and admire its staggering cliffs and clear water beaches. Have a moment to enjoy the tranquil scenery before heading back to Pula.

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Self-Guided Tour

10. Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea on this fun and relaxed snorkeling and kayaking adventure. See a whole new side to Croatia as you soak in the scenery, marvel at the cliffs, and see the exotic marine life. Start your adventure at Orca Diving Center where you will get all the necessary gear you need. You will get a quick run-through on how to use the equipment and find out the hidden gems to explore. Jump into the turquoise waters and enjoy paradise. Discover Pula’s best-kept secret, the enchanting heart-shaped island known as Fratarski Island. Immerse yourself in the stunning caves and cliffs. This is a fun day for all the family, you will make friends with the marine life who live here as you paddle along the gorgeous coastline.

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What people are saying about Pula

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,122 reviews

Interesting murdersolving case where you walk through the city of Pula (Croatia). The audio messages make it even more interactive (it is only in German, though) and the story was interesting. Took us a bit longer than expected to be honest, not because we were slow, but because listening and walking costs quite some time.

wir fanden es toll! die in die app am anfang eingebaute einleitung hätte ein bisschen kürzer sein können aber als es dann los ging, waren wir wirklich begeistert. super abwechslungsreich und viel gesprächsstoff auch für den abend danach.

I went with my husband and brother. This was a fun and dynamic tour with great guides. We went to Rt Kamenjak into a cave in which we kayaked and swam. Guides have taken many awesome photos and videos. We highly recommend!

Informative and fun experince provided by a knowledgeable guide who not only took us through a flavourful tour of Istria but also left us with some tips to use in your everyday life to spot authentic olive oil. Loved it!

echt klasse. hat uns sehr viel spaß gemacht! mal was anderes.