The Arch of Sergius (also referred to as the Golden Gate of Pula) commemorates the Sergii, one of the most influential families in the early Roman colony. The arch stood behind the original naval gate of the city and was paid for by the wife of Lepidus, Salvia Postuma. Their names are carved in the stone along with Lucius Sergius and Gaius Sergius. In its original form, statues of the two elders flanked Lepidus on both sides on the top of the arch.
Pula’s ever-popular aquarium occupies the floor of the city’s 14th-century AustroHungarian fortress. Highlights of the aquarium include the large sea water tanks that contain representatives of North Adriatic flora and fauna and a massive open tank that contains dogfish, sea urchins, crabs and star fish. Visitors can also take a boat ride to get a closer look at the aquarium’s inhabitants.
Located in the forum, this temple is dedicated to the Roman Emperor Augustus, and was built between the 2 BC and 14 AD, during the reconstruction of the colony. Having served a variety of different functions in its long history, including storing grain and as a church, the statuesque building is now used to house a collection of wonderfully preserved ancient bronze and stone sculptures.
Perched on the hill between the Forum and the upper part of the city, you will find the 14th-century church and monastery of St Francis of Assisi. Now used to house a remarkable collection of stone monuments and copies of Istrian frescoes, the church also hosts classical music concerts in the summer months.
A short trip out of Pula takes you to the acclaimed Brijuni National Park. This archipelago of islands has long been noted for its outstanding natural beauty and are edged with turquoise waters rich in sea life. A favourite haunt of visiting heads of state and the summer residence of Marshal Tito, from 1949 until his death in 1980, the islands can be reached by boat from Fažana, a village 5km from Pula, which is easily accessible by bus.
This ancient religious edifice is formed of an eclectic mix of architectural styles, reflecting the many changes it has undergone in its lengthy history. You can still see some of the 4th century remains on the outside of the church, from a time when the area was used as a refuge by Christians in times of persecution.
The main entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Istria (Arheoloski Muzej Istre) is actually one of the original gates that served as an entry point into the old Roman town. The museum carries a fascinating range of archaeological artefacts from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages from the region. You will find architectural highlights on the ground floor, Neolithic and Roman era finds on the first floor, Roman antiquities and medieval period artefacts on the second floor. Due to reconstruction works, closed during 2015.
Built during the reign of Emperor Vespasian in the 1st century AD, for an audience of 22,000, Pula’s three-storey Roman amphitheatre is one of the best preserved in the world and the sixth largest in existence. Every year, the arena plays host to Pula’s annual summer festival which brings in famous names from across the globe.
"Lighting Giants", Pula's new attraction since 2014, is a unique project in the world of lighting cranes of an operating shipyard, with sophisticated remote control system of lighting and scenography, and can be illuminated with 16 thousand different color combinations. Enjoy this spectacular show and lighting display every evening on the hour from dusk till midnight.(from June 5 - September 15, every evening non stop from dusk till midnight).
Konoba Istriana is located approximately 5 kilometres from Pula city centre. This popular restaurant is well-visited by both locals and tourists and they serve regional specialities and fresh seafood. Take a seat on their outdoor terrace and enjoy the tasty food and the welcoming ambience.
Officially opened in 1994. From then, on its stage hosts many Croatian and foreign musicians, and allows to many of its visitors to enjoy in line rock music. Beside the traditional live rock music on Fridays and "theme nights" on Saturdays, Rock Caffe has held discernible number of presentations of musical equipment, music videos and new albums releases.
E&D Bistro-Lounge Bar opened in 1997 and located in the large tourist resort Verudela in Pula. Here you can relax in the outside area next to the swimming pool with a cocktail or beer. If you are feeling hungry they also offers Mediterranean dishes. In the summer time various worldwide DJ´s plays mixed music.
Pietas Julija is located next to the sea. The night club and bar offers a wide selection of cocktails. The music played here is usually techno, electronic and house. The venue is quite large and can hold up to 500 people. It is very popular among both locals and visitors.
Pula’s bustling central market is built in the heart of the city and is home to a wide range of modern and traditional shops. Under the glass arches of the 19th century iron framed covered market, you will find the area’s largest fish market, which is best visited early in the morning when the brackish catch of a truly vast range of seafood is at its freshest. Look out for Brancin (sea perch) and fresh Dagnje (mussels), which are specialities of the region.
Pulapromet operates within the city centre and the suburbs. The area is divided in zones controlling the fare. Tickets can be bought directly from the driver and are valid for one hour. If you plan to travel a lot by bus it is cheaper to buy a bus card that you load with money. There are two bus companies that connect Pula to other cities in Croatia and Italy, which operate from the central bus station.