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Pit Stop in Pula

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A September 2012 trip to Pula by fizzytom

Pula Arena by Night Photo, Pula, Croatia More Photos
Quote: A short stay in the city of Pula in Croatian Istria; a historic town with lots to see and do

Kastel

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Attraction | "Pula's Kastel Has Views But Little Else"

Kastel Photo, Pula, Croatia
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We stumbled on Pula’s fortress by accident. ‘Kastel’, as it is known, occupies an elevated position overlooking the Old Town but because of the incline of the streets, it can’t be said to dominate the skyline. I’d seen signs giving directions to the fortress but we weren’t deliberately heading there; instead we scrambled unwittingly up a dozen steep steps to be faced with the ruins of the fortress. This partially restored complex does contain a small museum but most visitors seemed to be happy enough to walk along the remains of the ramparts and take in the panoramic views. It’s a good place from which to get a handle on the topography of Pula and it gives the opportunity to get a differen...Read More

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Kastel
Kastel Hill
Pula, Istria

Muzej-galerija Sveta Srca/Sacred Heart Gallery

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Attraction | "An Exhibition That's Good Enough to Eat"

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Learning something about the local cuisine and the culture around that cuisine is an essential part of the holiday experience for me. I love to try the speciality dishes and local beers and spirits and I’ll ask for samples in local shops and markets if I want to taste something new. What you don’t usually get to experience on your typical holiday, though, is the chance to find out what people eat at home and why. About ten years ago in Tunisia we rolled up at a little restaurant where the waiter tried to talk us out of our request for couscous. ‘Why do you want to eat this?’ he demanded. ‘My mother cooks this for us at home, it’s not restaurant food.’ Guidebooks don’t always make the distinction betwe...Read More

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Muzej-galerija Sveta Srca/Sacred Heart Gallery

Pula, Croatia

Beautiful Brijuni

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Brijuni Islands Photo, Pula, Croatia
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The Brijuni National Park (sometimes called Brioni) covers the Brijuni Islands of Croatia's Istrian peninsula. It's a gloriously beautiful part of the country. When seen in photographs taken from above, the islands, sitting in a shimmering turquoise sea, look to be encircled with almost white sand but as you get close to them in a boat you see that what looks like a beach is actually the rocky shore. There are 14 islands accessible by boat from either Pula or Fazana. Only one, Veli Brijuni has any kind of development and even that is minimal. Marshall Tito had two summer houses on the Brijuni Islands and spent several months there each year, often inviting royalty from other nations as wel...Read More

Apartments Arena Pula

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Hotel | "Perfectly Placed Pula Apartments"

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It’s usually pretty easy to find good value accommodation in Croatian coastal towns; booking isn’t always necessary (though may be advisable if there’s an event taking place) and it’s possible to knock on doors with the ‘sobe’ sign or to find a landlady at bus or train stations in the height of the season. On our most recent trip to Croatia, more precisely to Pula, we booked in advance because we were arriving in the evening and didn’t want to spend time looking; we knew we’d want to head straight out to eat and make the most of our short stay. In terms of location we couldn’t have made a better choice. Apartments Arena is almost inside the magnificent Roman Arena for which Pula is famous....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2012

Apartments Arena Pula
Flavijevska 2
Pula, Croatia
+385 (0)52 506 217

Pula - an overview

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Pula Arena by Night Photo, Pula, Croatia
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I don’t get why more Brits don’t holiday in Croatia. It’s closer than Greece, Turkey or Cyprus and easily as beautiful as Spain or Portugal. Croatia enjoys long, hot summers, has thousands of years of history in its charming coastal towns and cities and has stunning countryside which is easily accessible from the resorts. The food is excellent and the accommodation choices are varied. The Austrians and Germans know this of course, which is why they flock to Croatia; the Brits, however, have still to really catch on to this wonderful destination, perhaps still connecting the country with the events of twenty years ago. Deciding on a change from the Dalmatian coast, we recently spent three n...Read More