Pula, Croatia

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With my husband’s unpredictable schedule, we decided to spend our first three day weekend of the year in Pula, Croatia. Pula is a seaside Roman ruin located on the Istrian Peninsula and if you are not particularly looking to take a dip in the water, February should be an okay time to visit.

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Accommodations

We found our ApartHotel on Booking.com. However, we ran into issues and booked directly through the hotel instead. We chose Adrion ApartHotel for our weekend getaway because of the superb rating of 9.1 (on booking.com), was in walkable distance to the beach and about a 5 to 15 minutes drive to the city center, aquarium and everything else.

Our room had a great view of the coast, a kitchenette and to top it off, our ApartHotel was cleaned daily. Overall, we thought our stay at Adrion ApartHotel was a great experience. On our last day, we were gifted Croatian Olive Oil as we checked out.

View of Pula from our ApartHotel Balcony

View of Pula from our ApartHotel Balcony

Itinerary

Our itinerary was simple. The sole purpose of this trip was to spend some time together in a new city + country and to practice my photography. We visited the tourist spots and ate good food. Although, we ran into multiple issues with restaurant hours and I’d be lying if that did not slightly ruin our time in Pula.

Pula Arena

ARCH OF THE SERGII

The Arch of Sergii is another landmark. It is a triumphal arch commemorating the Sergii family who were powerful officials in Pula.  Personally, we did not think the arch was impressive, but I do appreciate the significance of the arch and how important it is to Pula’s history.

The Arch of Sergii is another landmark. It is a triumphal arch commemorating the Sergii family who were powerful officials in Pula.

Personally, we did not think the arch was impressive, but I do appreciate the significance of the arch and how important it is to Pula’s history.

PULA AQUARIUM

Of all the sights we visited in Pula, this one was a favorite. The Austro-Hungarian Fortress turned Aquarium sits next to the Adriatic sea and houses octopus, sand dollars, sea horses, sharks, snakes, rescued turtles and more. We thought a fortress turned aquarium was a great way to showcase the building and its history. Also, let’s face it — I don’t know how many more empty buildings and fortresses I can walk through.

Additionally, the fortress is also surrounded by rentals by the beach, parks and recreational activities. After walking through the fortress, George and I wandered next to the water and practiced a little bit of portrait photography. The image of my husband below is probably the best one I took of him during the trip.

I hope you enjoyed this recap and you have a little bit of an idea on what to do in Pula when you visit.

With love,

ChanaDianne


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