Pula attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Pula

Roman Amphitheatre

Pula’s most famous and imposing sight is this 1st-century oval amphitheatre, overlooking the harbour northeast of the old town. It's a huge and truly magnificent structure, slotted together entirely from local limes…
Top Choice Temple in Pula

Temple of Augustus

Fronted by a high porch supported by six Corinthian columns, this small but perfectly proportioned temple was built sometime between 2 BC and AD 14. It survived the Christian era by being converted into a church, on…
Aquarium in Pula

Pula Aquarium

Not just any fish tank, this extraordinary aquarium occupies an entire 19th-century military fort – one of 55 built to defend the Austro-Hungarian Empire's main naval base. There are even sharks in an old artillery …
Museum in Pula

Istria Historical & Maritime Museum

Since ancient times the 34m hill at the centre of Pula's old town has been fortified. The current star-shaped fortress was built by the Venetians in the 1630s. It's now a moody backdrop to exhibitions on an eclectic…
Ruins in Pula

Arch of the Sergii

Also known as the Golden Gate (Zlatna vrata), this majestic arch was erected around 27 BC to commemorate three brothers from the Sergius family who fought in the naval battle of Actium (where the future emperor Augu…
Christian Monastery in Pula

St Francis' Monastery & Church

Built in 1285, Pula's Franciscan monastery has an extraordinary 15th-century gilded altarpiece behind the altar of its cavernous church – but that's not its only, or even its oldest, treasure. Set into the floor of …
Public Art in Pula

Lighting Giants

Don't miss Pula's star evening attraction, an amazing lighting display at the city's 19th-century Uljanik shipyard, one of the world's oldest working docks. Renowned lighting designer Dean Skira has lit up the shipy…
Market in Pula


City life in Pula revolves around its gorgeous 1903 succession-style market building, and the produce stalls and cafes that surround it.
Memorial in Pula

Partisan Memorial

Officially known as the 'National Liberation Resistance Fighters & Fascist Terror Victims in Istria Memorial', this monument honours the many thousands of partisans and their supporters killed in Istria during W…
Ruins in Pula

Roman Floor Mosaic

One of the intriguing things about Pula is the way that Roman relics pop up in the most unlikely of places. This remarkably well-preserved 3rd-century floor mosaic is hidden behind a car park on Flaciusova (look for…