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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.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

2. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Leave from Pula and embark on a sightseeing boat trip through Brijuni National Park, and take in the beautiful views of the 14 islands of the park. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and make a stop to watch the park's dolphins in their natural habitat. Depart from Pula in the boat Martinabela, and set out for Brijuni National Park, in the beautiful clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Try to spot various species of fish and other wildlife on the tour, as the park is a protected area known for its different wildlife species. Sightsee around all 14 of the park's islands, and enjoy a stop to watch the park's resident dolphins, and take beautiful photos and videos of these wonderful creatures. Luckily, dolphins are free animals and nobody can guarantee number of them, but we find them in 99%.

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.

Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

4. 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.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

5. 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: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

6. Pula: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

Take an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea, and spend the day in Venice at your own pace on a full-day excursion from Pula. Upon arrival, experience the romantic and historic ambiance of a city, where 118 islands and 150 channels are connected by 400 bridges! During the Venice introduction (on the boat), you'll also be offered some optional products such as: gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch etc.  Board your boat in Pula at 07:00 for an 07:30 departure. Then, relax aboard the catamaran with a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissants (own expense) as you set sail. Glide into the lagoon for an estimated arrival time in Venice of 11:00. Then disappear down the back streets to encounter romantic bridges and hidden squares at your own pace. Marvel at the Byzantine monuments of the Piazza San Marco, or enjoy a truly authentic experience and explore the canals by gondola. Find a nice restaurant to sample the delicious food of Italy. Depart for Pula at 17:30 at the end of your day in Venice, and get a last look at the city built on water as you head back towards Croatia. Arrive back in Pula at approximately 21:00, and continue with your evening at leisure.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

7. Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

Visit one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea, Brijuni National Park. Explore the park by boat, spotting wild animals along the way, and swim in the water at St. Jerolim Island. Board a comfortable ship with your captain and guide and head out to the islands that form the National Park. This place is famous because its former owner, Josip Broz Tito, had a rare hobby: he collected exotic animals. Your guide on the ship will conduct a sightseeing tour around all the islands and share lots of interesting facts about the islands and their famous owners. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Mediterranean dishes made of fish, beef, or vegetables. Don’t forget to take advantage of the unlimited drinks on board, like wine, mineral water, juice, and sodas. If you're lucky, your ship may be accompanied by dolphins, so don’t forget your camera.   On a stop off at St. Jerolim Island (Sveti Jerolim), you can choose to stay for 2.5 hours or stay on the ship. On the island, you’ll get the chance to wander its scenic beaches, take a swim, or explore the island itself. After a fun day out on the open sea, your ship will return to Pula.

From Pula: Brijuni National Park Guided Tour

8. From Pula: Brijuni National Park Guided Tour

Visit Veli Brijun island and explore Brijuni National Park on a guided tour from Pula. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of the island. Admire the beautiful plants and animals and take some free time to explore. Board the wooden ship to cross to Veli Brijun from Pula Harbour. Arrive at the central port of Brijuni on the eastern side of the island, where your guided tour begins. Hop on the tourist train to discover the island's highlights, as well as beautiful scenic views of the surrounding coastline. The ride on the tourist train takes approximately one hour. Ride along the coast and all the way to the north of the island where the Safari Park is located. See the golf courses, a Venetian citadel, and old farm buildings built in the early 20th century. Before arriving at the Safari Park, see the second-largest island of the national park. Mali Brijun, north of Veli Brijun. Upon arriving at the Safari Park, see some of the 80 herbivore animal species, mostly from various parts of Africa and Asia. Continue the journey along the west coast of the island. Ride through forests of holm oak and laurel. See beautiful wild orchids and exotic plants such as umbrella pine, cedar, and sequoias. See the Austro-Hungarian fortress of Tegetthoff and the empty pools of the zoo that existed on the island until 1995. Visit the remains of a Roman villa on the shores of Verige Bay and visit the Church of St. Germaine. After some free time, head back to the port for the journey back to Pula.

Pula: Snorkeling, Swimming and Kayak Tour with Blue Cave

9. Pula: Snorkeling, Swimming and Kayak Tour with Blue Cave

Explore hidden bays, cliffs, and beaches on this guided kayaking tour to a Blue Cave along Pula's coast. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea, while some jumping enthusiasts can do cliff jumping from different heights from 1 to 5 meters. First, get set up for kayaking with safety instructions and help getting your equipment ready. After the introduction, jump into your kayak and paddle for an easy 20 minutes to the rocky beach at Seagull Rocks, right where the Muzil Peninsula begins. Next, enter the Blue Cave through a hidden entrance under the Seagull Rocks. Inside the cave, discover a hidden beach with waterproof torches. The tour guides share some exciting facts about the cave that only the locals know. After the cave, continue paddling along the coastline for about 30 minutes until you reach the hidden beach at the Muzil Peninsula where it is time to chill, swim, snorkel, cliff jump, and discover aquatic life. Enjoy some time for beach activities of your own choosing, be it swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping, or simply sunbathing on the pebbled beach. In the final part of the tour, paddle at a relaxed pace back to the starting point. The tour is captured on a GoPro 10 camera in 5.3K quality. All the photos and videos will be sent to you after the tour, you also have the freedom to take your own pictures and/or videos with the camera.

Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

10. Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

The starting point of this kayak experience is Cape Kamenjak, a protected natural park south of Pula. From one of its charming pebble beaches, you will start your adventure after a quick briefing from the tour guides. After settling in the kayaks, you'll paddle for approximately 50 minutes following the rugged coast while enjoying the summer scenery all the way to the Kolombarica Sea Cave. In the cave, you'll swim in the turquoise water lit by the sun rays that enter through a cave opening above. Snorkeling and exploring the vibrant sea life of Kamenjak is a memory you'll want to remember. That's why this tour includes free GoPro photos. If you're an adrenaline seeker, you'll love jumping from the cliffs (up to 15m high) after exploring the cave. If not, you can enjoy some time sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. On the way back, the tour guides will make short stops as needed. If you're interested, you can find out some amazing facts about the area. This tour is an ideal summer experience for friends and families. It's completely safe and suitable for beginners and kids.

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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.