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Pula

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

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Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

1. 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 40 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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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.

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Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

3. Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

Situated near the base of the Istrian peninsula, Pula is the largest city in Istria. Its most famous attraction, the well-preserved Roman amphitheater, is one of the most famous sights in the whole of Croatia. Pula, like the rest of the region, it is known for its mild climate, smooth sea, beautiful beaches, and unspoiled nature. Throughout your tour you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, and the Arena and Small Roman Theatre in the town center. Historical attractions aside, Pula is a busy commercial city on the sea that has managed to retain a friendly small-town appeal. Although marred with residential and holiday developments, the coast is dotted with fragrant pine groves, seaside cafes and a clutch of good restaurants. The main town square offers you the chance to relax in a unique atmosphere, with the square having managed to retain its role as the meeting place since the Augustan Age. Situated on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on the Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year. Rovinj manages to combine its rich tradition with modern times in a very interesting way. As it is also an active fishing port, you can experience the atmosphere of a small fishing village. On the other hand, the town has been developing exquisite gastronomy and offers a high standard of tourist services in general. The city at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia is the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Walking down its streets, you will bump into many art galleries and studios.

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From Pula: Caves, Canyons Speedboat Tour to Kamenjak

4. 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.

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Pula: Saint Jerolim Kayak and Snorkel Tour

5. Pula: Saint Jerolim Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Embark on an adventure to the pristine coast of Saint Jerolim. Enjoy beautiful views of the Punta Christo lighthouse, the skyline of Pula, and the expansive Brijuni Islands. Feel at one with nature as you admire a landscape ruled by the wilderness. Paddle to Saint Jerolim and relax on the beach, before setting off to explore the island. Take in the beautiful scenes, and learn about the rich history from your guide. Keep an eye out for local residents, the donkeys and peacocks love to make friends. See the vibrant wildlife while snorkelling in the shallow waters, and feed a frenzy of fish. Top it off with an underwater photoshoot to remember the day forever. Once you've rested up, paddle back to Pula with some treasured memories.

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Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

6. 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. During the tour, you will catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. The tour guide will explain to you all about the creatures you can see, such as sea urchins, fish, seaweed, jellyfish, and diverse corals. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos.

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Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

7. Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

Be collected at your accommodation in Zagreb and drive for approximately three hours to Pula. This is the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The city was founded by an ancient tribe in the 10th century B.C. and it was well known by Greek travelers and sailors so is mentioned in many Greek myths. In the 1st century, the Romans made the city strong and today the vivid remains of this era can be explored. Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world and will take you back in time as you imagine gladiators battles. Other examples of Roman architecture to discover are the Temple of Augustus and the gates to the city including the Arch of the Sergii and the gate of Hercules.  Continue your journey for 45 minutes to Rovinj. This city was also founded by the Istrian tribes. It was built on a small island close to the mainland and in the 18th was connected to it. It was ruled for five centuries by Venice so both the Italian and Croatian languages are spoken in the city. During this period of occupation, walls were built around the city and the remains are standing still today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored because with every step you take you are compelled to take another photograph. Travel another 45 minutes to Porec. The Old Town is almost 2000 years old and is most famous for the Euphrasian Basilica, from 1997. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Notice the roman influence and architecture in the city as you walk through the main streets, still preserved in their original form.

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Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

8. Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Hum is situated in the center of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely welcoming to visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria including the wonderful hill towns of Motovun, Roc, and Bale. Despite the small number of residents, Hum has preserved the ritual of Election of the Prefect for a Year. All the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (Town Hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, Hum has recently become popular for Biska, which a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating in Hum. Every year, at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here and hosts brandy producers from all over Istria.  In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria, Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic, has a crown that is crenulated and dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th-century parish church. In the center square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building when it was built. Many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for finding truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus that grows underground. These white truffles of Istria, which are in season from September to December, are said to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides and Istria’s finest wines including the red Teran and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants serving konobe. The city of Labin is an old medieval town located on a 320-meter hill with the new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artists. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova, there is the Sculpture Par where International Sculptors Symposium have taken place for the past 40 years. In the summer, the old center is taken over by the Art Republic, which is a combination of music, performance, and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor, built in 1587, lead to the old town. There is also a 17th-century tower in the town offering a magnificent view. 

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Cape Kamenjak: Cave and Safari Experience by Kayak

9. Cape Kamenjak: Cave and Safari Experience by Kayak

Explore the breathtaking scenes of Cape Kamenjak on this 5-hour tour. Discover remarkable natural scenery, crystal-clear seas, and picturesque caves. You will spend a total of 2 hours kayaking and 3 hours snorkeling, swimming or relaxing. Departing from the local partner's office, paddle in your kayak to the caves of Big and Small Kolombarica. Spend some time exploring the caves using the snorkel equipment provided. Thrillseekers will have the opportunity to dive into the sea from atop a 15-meter high cliff. Afterward, reenergize with lunch and a drink at the famous Safari Bar before beginning your return journey.

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Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

10. Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

Start the trip from Port Bunarina, and sail around Fratarski Island, Little Frašker Island, and Big Frašker island. As you cruise on the open sea, enjoy the views of Banjole and the Red Cliffs. At the first stop for the day, enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. Explore the underwater world and try to spot a variety of marine species such as sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers, and colorful fish. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch onboard, with fish, meat, and vegetarian options and your choice of drinks. After lunch, continue to the second stop, Kamenjak Cave, which is a perfect spot for cliff jumping and swimming. Or, simply relax on board the boat with a few beers or glasses of wine. Finally, enjoy a panoramic view of the Porer Lighthouse before returning to port in the late afternoon.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,411 reviews

Short variant because there is a character limit? Absolute recommendation! 10/10 satisfied! Get a WhatsApp on the day of the event for the consultation and with a Google Maps link. Received very friendly on site. Clean and dry kayaks despite previous group. Super friendly, professional and funny guides (Katarina and Tihana). Very good and understandable English from both of them. On the tour: Very relaxed ride - no rushing or chasing. Pleasant conversations and great entertainment from Katarina. Few fish (because they are active during the day) but beautiful landscapes at night with a mystical unique effect due to the glowing boats! To drink you could choose between beer, wine and water (ice-cold). Pictures were taken by the guide while driving and sent via Dropbox link immediately after the end. All in all we are very satisfied and will definitely visit the two girls again for one of their tours!

The tour was really super nice. Our guide was very friendly and everything went well from an organizational point of view. It was a great route with many beautiful opportunities to observe the underwater world. The absolute highlight was the cave at the end of the tour. We recommend.

It was a great experience, would recommend it everybody!! Even for beginners:-) The tour guide Thiana was very friendly! I would do it again

A wonderful experience with great caves and lots of fish. Tip: take the 7pm tour because the fish are even more active there.

An unbelievably great experience with great guides