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Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia (Photo: Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock)

About Pula

No one would blame a person visiting Pula for thinking they had accidentally stumbled across a border into Italy. In fact, it's often referred to as Croatia's most Roman city due to the multitude of Roman ruins found throughout. Having the sixth-largest Roman amphitheater in the world -- and one of the most excellently preserved -- doesn't hurt either.

Pula is the largest city in Croatia's Istria County, located on the top of the Istria peninsula. The city and the peninsula both have a long history, including hundreds of years spent as part of the Roman and Venetian empires, so it's no surprise it feels a bit Italian.

In fact, it's steeped in Roman history, with its earliest Roman origins dating back to 177 B.C. and rising to prominence under Julius Caesar in 45 B.C. It then had the unlucky fortune to be involved in the Roman civil war that pitted the triumvirate of Octavian, Lepidus and Mark Antony against Brutus and Cassius after the assassination of Caesar. After siding with the losing duo, much of the city was destroyed in 42 B.C., but quickly rebuilt. It is from this latter age that most of the Roman ruins belong.

As with so many other towns on the Dalmatian Coast, Pula has narrow winding streets and an old town to walk through. Throughout it all you'll find evidence of the city's Roman past from the massive amphitheater that peeks out from behind the trees to Roman gates and burial plots.

Pula is not a large city and as such you can see it in the half day your cruise ship will usually be docked.


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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Pula

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Koper, Pula ... see more
    Cruise Line:
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    8 Night Cruise to Pula Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Koper
    • Day 3
      Pula
    • Day 4
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 5
      Kotor
    • Day 6
      Corfu
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      Cruising
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      Sorrento
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

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    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

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    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

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    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

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    Pboothe
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Fantastic Captain, Crew, and Ship
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Pula

    Leaving:
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    Visiting:
    Korcula, Sibenik ... see more
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    Ponant
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    7 Night Cruise to Pula Route (Ponant)
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      Venice
    • Day 2
      Korcula
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      Sibenik
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      Split
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      Dubrovnik
    • Day 5
      Kotor
    • Day 6
      Hvar
    • Day 7
      Pula
    • Day 7
      Rovinj
    • Day 8
      Venice
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    Le Lyrial (Ponant) - Ponant

    Pros

    Elegantly appointed ship with excellent service and relaxed vibe

    Cons

    Unless you're in a suite, cabins are too small; strange bathroom layout

    Bottom line

    A beautiful small ship sailing destination-rich itineraries

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    Le Lyrial (Ponant) Reviews

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    Le Lyrial is one of four sister ships in the fleet of Ponant, a French luxury expedition cruise...

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    Visiting:
    Korcula, Sibenik ... see more
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    7 Night Cruise to Pula Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Korcula
    • Day 3
      Sibenik
    • Day 3
      Split
    • Day 4
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 5
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 5
      Kotor
    • Day 6
      Hvar
    • Day 7
      Pula
    • Day 7
      Rovinj
    • Day 8
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Le Lyrial (Ponant) - Ponant

    Pros

    Elegantly appointed ship with excellent service and relaxed vibe

    Cons

    Unless you're in a suite, cabins are too small; strange bathroom layout

    Bottom line

    A beautiful small ship sailing destination-rich itineraries

    Reviews

    Le Lyrial (Ponant) Reviews

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    Le Lyrial is one of four sister ships in the fleet of Ponant, a French luxury expedition cruise...

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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Fantastic cruise with superb French food
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Amazing family cruise onboard the Le Lyrial
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More about Pula

Why go to Pula?

Pros: Amazing Roman amphitheater is the main highlight.

Cons: After you've seen the amphitheater there's not much else to do.

Bottom Line: Definitely worth a couple of hours exploring the amphitheater and old town.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency in Croatia is the kuna. While some small souvenir spots might take euros, you should not count on it. There are banks with ATMs throughout the city.

Language

The official language in Pula, as in all of Croatia, is Serbo-Croatian.


Pula Cruise Reviews

Azamara Pursuit
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Sail Date: Jun 2019
A very picturesque little town...Read More
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