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Pula Arena

Pula Arena: Our most recommended tours and activities

Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

1. 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.

Pula: Brijuni National Park & Jerolim Island Dolphin Cruise

2. Pula: Brijuni National Park & Jerolim Island Dolphin Cruise

Embark on a guided tour of the Brijuni National Park on this cruise from Pula. Sip on unlimited drinks along the way and delight your taste buds with a delectable lunch. Explore St. Jerolim Island at your own pace with free time to enjoy the beaches. Board a comfortable ship with a captain and a guide and head out to the islands of the Brijuni National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea. Explore the park by boat, spotting wild animals like dolphins along the way, and swim at St. Jerolim Island. Cruise around all islands and listen as your guide shares facinating information about the islands and their famous owners. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Mediterranean dishes with your choice of fish, beef, or vegetables. Stop at St. Jerolim Island (Sveti Jerolim), where you can stay for 2.5 hours. On the island, have the chance to stroll its scenic beaches, go for a refreshing swim, or explore the island itself. Take advantage of the unlimited drinks onboard the boat, like wine, mineral water, juice, and sodas. If you're lucky, your ship might be followed by playful dolphins that frequent these waters to feed on the large fish population. Return to Pula harbor with for wonderful nighttime views of the city and the iconic Pula Arena, a Roman Amphitheater.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Sunset, Dolphins & Dinner Cruise

3. Pula: Brijuni National Park Sunset, Dolphins & Dinner Cruise

Take to the water for a cruise on a traditional Croatian wooden boat from Pula. Enjoy dinner freshly prepared by a chef onboard as you search for dolphins and watch the sunset. Begin your cruise with panoramic sightseeing of port Pula, the main port of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Continue cruising into Brijuni Islands National Park to look for dolphins as the chef prepares a delicious dinner. Brijuni Islands National Park is home to 14 islands with white sandy beaches and lush vegetation. With a large fish population, dolphins can often be found hunting for a meal in the area. For dinner, choose between mackerel with salad, chicken breast with salad, or a vegetarian option. Unlimited mineral water, orange juice, and white wine are included during the cruise. Return to Pula harbor with a wonderful night view of the city and the iconic Pula Arena, a Roman Amphitheater.

Pula: National Park Brijuni Dolphin Cruise with Dinner

4. Pula: National Park Brijuni Dolphin Cruise with Dinner

After being transported to the pier, you will begin your 3-hour tour which will be arranged on board of a comfortable boat around the Brijuni National Park. You will have a guide with you on board your boat, who will conduct a sightseeing tour around all islands of the National Park whilst also informing you of interesting facts about the islands and its famous owners. Your tour also includes dinner on board your boat, consisting of traditional dishes of Mediterranean cuisine such as fish, meat, or vegetarian dishes. You will also have an unlimited amount of drinks whilst on board your boat, including wine, mineral water, soft drinks, and water. You can take comfort in knowing that between 93-100% of your guide's guests have seen dolphins in the past. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Pula: Historic Walking Tour with Local Guide & City Views

5. Pula: Historic Walking Tour with Local Guide & City Views

My name is Marina, I've been working as a licensed tour guide in Istria for over 15 years and am specialized in guiding german-speaking guests. Experience Pula's highlights in a personalized way through a individualized city tour. We can focus on any topic that may be of interest to you – the local lifestyle, culture, nature or food, whatever it may be, I'm sure we'll have something to talk about. We'll meet up in front of my city's main attaction, an undeniable gem on the mediterranean sea – Pula's roman Amphitheatre. You'll find out what it was built and used for, which goes way beyond the gladiator games. The path will naturally lead us to other antique parts of the city. Besides the Amphitheatre, Pula can proudly count three roman city gates that are still standing up to this day. The Twin, Hercules and Sergii gates – the beautifully preserved details will allow me to reveal the story behind them. As a foodie and passionate cook when it comes to local cuisine, the tour wouldn't be complete without taking you to the Pula farmer's market. It's the place where locals buy and sell products that are native to Istrian soil. While we're already talking about trade, our next point will lead us to the Forum square. It was the roman version of our beloved farmer's market, but not only that – as the heart of every roman city, this is where you will see remains of the August temple and admire our venetian city hall which is also the perfect opportunity to explain why there is a goat on our regional flag. The tour ends with my favourite view of the city – a little higher up, as we visit the city castello. Even if you're not a romantic just joining me for the beautiful view, we're standing by a location of big military importance throughout history. With its pristine loaction it was used by the romans, venetians, austrians and many more in order to protect the city.

Pula: Historic Sites Guided Walking Tour

6. Pula: Historic Sites Guided Walking Tour

Discover the most important historical highlights of Pula on a walking tour with a local guide. Visit the Cathedral, the Roman Forum, Augustus Temple, and City Hall. Begin your tour in front of the Pula Arena, and get a brief and informative overview from your guide. Next, continue on to the Pula Castle, built by the Venetians in the 17th century. Learn about its fascinating history and previous inhabitants. From there continue on to the Cathedral, and then to the Roman Forum, including the Augustus Temple and City Hall. See Roman mosaics along the way and visit the Arch of Sergii. Explore the Pula Market, established in the early 1900s, and then head to the ancient Gate of Hercules. Learn insider information as your guide regales you with in-depth knowledge about the history, architecture, culture, and rich heritage of Pula.

Pula Essentials Evening Tour

7. Pula Essentials Evening Tour

Join this small group walking tour of Pula to learn more about this city's history in a relaxed afternoon stroll. Depart from outside the old town and make your way in, lead by your knowledgable guide and discover Pula's rich history from before the Romans, through the Middle ages to Austrian, Italian and Yugoslav modern history. The tour touches on historical landmarks, cultural heritage, tips on dining out, the nightlife and additional activities to do in the local and wider area.

Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

8. 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.

Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

9. 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.

Pula: Harbor Cruise with unlimited Drinks

10. Pula: Harbor Cruise with unlimited Drinks

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views of the city's iconic landmarks while indulging in unlimited refreshments including Coca-Cola, Fanta, Water, and white wine. As we set sail from the picturesque harbor, you'll be greeted by a breathtaking panorama of Pula's most famous attraction, the magnificent Amphitheatre. This well-preserved Roman amphitheater, also known as the Pula Arena, is a true testament to the city's rich history and architectural brilliance. Marvel at its grandeur and imagine the gladiatorial battles that once took place within its walls. As we glide further along the coastline, you'll catch a glimpse of the city's notable monuments and the imposing military base. These sites showcase Pula's strategic significance throughout history and offer a fascinating insight into the city's military heritage. Learn about their role in shaping the region while soaking in the natural beauty of the Adriatic Sea. Next, we approach the iconic Pula Breakwater, a long stone structure that stretches out into the sea. The breakwater not only protects the city's harbor but also offers a unique perspective of Pula's coastline. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze as you admire the crystal-clear waters and the sun-kissed beaches that dot the shoreline. Our journey takes us to Punta Christo, a coastal promontory that holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. This scenic spot offers mesmerizing views of the sea and the surrounding landscapes, creating a truly idyllic setting. Take in the tranquility of Punta Christo and let its beauty captivate you. After an hour of indulging in the sights and sounds of Pula, our ship gently returns to the harbor. Take a moment to reflect on the memorable journey you've just experienced, capturing the essence of Pula's rich history and captivating landscapes. Join us on this exclusive tour and allow us to show you the wonders of Pula from a unique vantage point. Embark on a sensory adventure where unlimited drinks, breathtaking views, and historical treasures come together for an extraordinary experience.

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What people are saying about Pula Arena

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 595 reviews

This tour was exactly what we wanted. The guide, Stefano, was incredibly knowledgeable and handled questions from the history of ship building in the harbour to native Istrian breeds of dog with ease and humour. Absolute bargain for the price! We got a thorough grounding in the whole history of the town and area basically from prehistory to the present day including conservation efforts. It's a big old recommend from us and a big thank you Stefano if you read this for being so friendly and answering our questions.

Sini was an amazing guide. During the time of our tour we learned so much about the ancient Roman history of Pula in particular but also the history of Istria. It is also a great way to get an overview of the town and its layout. I could not recommend this tour more highly.

Sini was amazing! We had a really good time and highly recommend the tour.

Tour was great, learned a lot and it didn‘t took to long or to short.

Wonderful experience! My dad was very thrilled to visit the Arena.