Affordability - 8
Romance - 7.5
Food - 6.5
Adventure - 6.5
- Her Top Tips
2. Be sure to check out the Roman ruins around the city. It’s no Rome but still amazing to think about the history that went on here.
3. Two days is ideal to spend here. We even spent one of those days in Rovinj, a 45 minute bus ride away.
Pula, Croatia, was the first pit stop on our two-week trip filled with cheap beer and nude beaches. While it definitely wasn’t my favorite city in this country filled with delicious seafood and crystal-clear water, it was still memorable. We were lucky enough to be here during the Euro Cup, and our first night was spent at the town square under a centuries-old Roman arch taking in the Spain versus Croatia game on a giant projected screen. All of this was accompanied by cheering Croatians and a fireworks display that was anything but legal. The best part was that even though Croatia lost, everyone was so happy to even come close to beating Spain that a full celebration was warranted. One guy at the bar was so happy he decided to befriend us and buy our drinks for pretty much the whole night. I dread to think about the state of my liver if Croatia had won.
Thus began our first impression of Croatia: a land full of cheap beer, friendly people and enough patriotism to last through any defeat. Although Pula was not my favorite city, it was certainly a good start. I would not recommend staying in Pula for more than two nights, and if you decide on this be sure to get up to Rovinj for the day (it’s a 45 minute bus ride north). The main highlight of Pula is the Roman ruins. The Pula Arena was constructed at some point in the first century, and remains in quite good condition all things considered. If you are there at the right time, you could even see a concert in this historic space.
One of the downfalls of Pula was the immense amount of construction going on near the waterfront. Our hostel was located right at the port, and on Google Maps it looked like a prime location. However, after arriving we didn’t really spend that much time around this area due to the cranes and upturned concrete. Luckily once you move towards the town center or the beach (just a short bus ride away), it’s easy to forget the lack of a waterfront walkway.
Again, Pula, Croatia, was not my favorite city, but the airport is close by and offers a great place to start your trip if you’re planning on seeing Istria (the northern part of the country). Spend some time here settling in and wandering the town, but you won’t need more than a couple of days to take in the sights.His Take