One of the Istria peninsula’s most authentic resorts, Pula is a bustling portside city. The star attraction is its impressive Roman amphitheatre, so large it looms over the harbourfront, towering above the terraced cafés and seafood restaurants. This is where the action happens over the summer, when the crumbling monument transforms into an otherworldly venue for music festivals and outdoor concerts. Pula holidays offer urban buzz, cosmopolitan dining and remote, rugged beaches.
Despite being the region’s capital, Pula has more of a small-town vibe to it, meaning you can walk at a laid-back pace as you wander around its pedestrianised Roman centre. A city of contrasts, Pula juxtaposes Renaissance architecture, Roman ruins and modernist residential blocks. Yet if you’ve come for the sunbathing and swimming, holidays to Pula won’t disappoint, as the bay offers pretty beaches, dramatic scenery and plenty of hidden coves.