Pula is right at the tip of the Istrian Peninsula and is worth a visit. It boasts Roman era ruins and is in a great position to hire a boat or take a tour. Most of the key Istrian attractions are able to be visited within a couple of hours too.
We had three full days in Pula and we decided to spend them in the following way
Pula itself. Sometimes it good to jump on a Hop On Hop Off bus and while this is not one of the better ones (there are only 8 stops and no one gets off!), it was worth doing in lieu of a city tour. We sat on the bus for the whole run which takes about an hour and felt that we got value for money. The bus only comes once per hour so this might be why people choose not to get off!
The key highlight for me was the amphitheatre. One of the great things about it is that they still use it for concerts and other performances. Unfortunately we missed a concert and a performance of gladiators by a couple of days each. I think it would be amazing to catch a show or performance here.
The tickets are about 50KN each and you can rent an audio guide for another 40KN. The audio guide is worthwhile as there are no signs anywhere explaining anything.
The old town is nice to walk around and we found some tunnels which were created to vacate the whole town in the war. It is 15 KN to go through and they have some displays in the middle. We thought it was a great idea to explore them as it was a quick way back to the car and much cooler!
Day 2: Rovinj
We decided to make a day of it and drove to Rovinj (pronounced Roveen) for the day. What a lovely little town. It is poised on the west coast of the peninsula and is filled with interesting cobbled streets and nice beaches.
There are artists who have got little shops tucked away in lanes, hand made goods like soaps and lavender products, cheeses, wines… you name it’s probably here. I bought a piece of art from an artist who does line drawings in wine. It was a great conversation piece!
There is also a fresh food and souvenir market. It is really a pretty little town.
You can easily enjoy a day here – we did! Don’t miss a lovely seafood lunch overlooking the water.
Day 3: Rent a boat
We didn’t have anyone with us who had their skippers licence (a must have in Croatia) so instead of doing a tour we rented a water taxi for a half day. The driver took us down the coast and we explored all the little inlets along the coast, went swimming in a bay and then went to the blue cave which was stunning. We took a straight line back at a bit of speed so it was great fun! Take a packed lunch and some drinks and enjoy.
We even saw a dolphin on the way out of the harbour!