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About Pula

Pula, or as called in the ancient roman times Pola, is situated on the southern edge of the Istrian peninsula. It’s position on and amidst seven nearby hills gives it a dynamic feel, its openness, however, is guaranteed by the very strategic position by Pula Aiport in the gulf between Adriatic see and Fažana channel. It is a charming and vivid city throughout the year, with a rich history and a promising contemporary culture. What makes Pula even a more convenient location for your vacation and a perfect car hire, is that the majority of people will speak Italian along with English, that the tourism tradition is strong and services are of quality and that all mentioned does not in any way compromise its general easy pace of living, which is what everyone appreciates.

Basic info and car hire in Pula

  • Location: Western Croatia, Istria region
  • Population: 60.000 inhabitants (2011)
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK).
  • Weather: Pula has a pleasant humid subtropical climate, characterised by very hot summers and mild but windy winters.
  • Public holidays in Pula: For public holidays in Pula click here 
  • Internet coverage: Most of the cafes and restaurants in Pula offer it free of charge, you also have wireless zones at Forum, Portarata, Giardini and other main touristic sites.
  • Road conditions: The roads in Pula will amaze you as they are comfortably wide and regularly punctuated with roundabouts, guaranteeing your transfer around the city to be a piece of cake, especially with the direct and fast access to the Istrian highway and Pula airport.
  • Car hire in Pula: The majority of rentals occur at the Pula Airport that embraces half of million people yearly. It might be practical for you to hire the car in the city centre as well, or at ‘Zlatne Stijene’ area closer to the coast in Pula.

Driving in Pula

Pula has a great infrastructure for vehicle transportation and even in the very city centre you will not have a bigger problem getting around. Car hire in Pula will not cause you any difficulties - there is a small part of the city closed for cars, yet it does not in any way interrupt your explorations with the hired car. It is advisable to check for best parking spots in advance, as parking spaces are a bit scarce - especially during the peak of the summer season.

  • Age limits: 21 (Minimum age may vary from one car hire company to the other. In order to hire a car, some will require that the driver is in possession of the driving licence for a minimum of one year.)
  • International Driving Permit: An IDP is needed only if your permit is not in Latin alphabet, so please make the necessary arrangements in advance.
  • Additional papers: ID (or passport) and proof of insurance (it is advisable to purchase an additional insurance with your car hire provider as your personal car insurance is not sufficient in case of damages)
  • Additional requirements: A warning triangle and a reflective vest.
  • Children in the car: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to travel in the front seat of a vehicle. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 must wear an appropriate child restraint and, if necessary, be seated in a booster seat. When making a reservation for your car hire in Pula, be clear on your requirements for the child seat(s) you need.
  • Driving side of the road: Right.
  • Lights: Dipped headlights are recommended both day and night, and required during reduced visibility.
  • General speed limits: 130 kph/ 80 mi on motorways (110 kph/70 mi in wet weather and on urban motorways), 90 kph/55 mi on other roads outside residential areas, 50 kph/30 mi in residential areas.
  • Parking suggestions: Parking garages and metered parking are the main options. Note: parking in Pula can be a demanding task, especially in the summertime so be sure to have enough time before a scheduled event to find a perfect parking.If finding a safe parking space for your hired car means a scenic walk around the city, it can all be a pleasant experience.

What to see in Pula

Our favourite spots

Beautiful ancient Temple of Augustus in Pula, Croatia

Ancient Monuments and Galleries

Pula’s avid proofs of its great past did not stay a hidden secret; the roman remains with the Amphitheatre, Gate of Hercules, Communal Palace, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Underground Galleries will charm you and make you want to prolong your stay in the city of Pula.

Choose a parking space in the very city centre and to take a daily ticket, it will cost you less than 10 EUR.  Small investment for you to be able to wander around the city's strict centre free and not to worry about the time!

Safari National Park Brijuni

National Park Brijuni

The once notorious vacation spot of the worlds’ famous Yugoslav Tito is the everlasting attraction for all the nostalgics and the curious. Moreover, the location attracts artist, politicians and hosts cultural events, so it is not a boring place to be!

You will have to take a ferry from Fažana to access these islands, no cars are allowed there so you will have to leave it on the parking before leaving the mainland. On the island, take a guided tour and your transportation will be a train!

Colorful nature view near Pula

Bohemian parks

Pula has taken care of its nature splendidly, by securing its wonderful parks within the city centre and unintentionally making them a competition to the seaside bliss. Personal preferences aside, you will not regret a walk through any of the parks, perfect for picnics and socialising in the Adriatic breeze. You can reach some parks located in the city centre by walking, those that are a bit distant, however, reach them with your hired vehicle and create a perfect picnic day with your closest.

You can drive up to Busoler park, which has free parking spaces around. The park was recently renovated in a recreational manner, so take your roller skates or bikes with you! Otherwise, find a safe parking in the center and get to know the city by foot.

Stunning view of Rt Kamenjak and beautiful blue sea near Pula, Croatia

Beaches and sun

Pula has beaches reachable by foot from city centre, but the best ones you will access the fastest with your hired car. Sandy, rocky, but each and every one of them pristine and with plenty of greens, will ensure you relaxation and fun. We recommend: Valkane, Zlatne stijene, Ambrela and Havajsko.

You can drive up to the majority of the beaches and you are only a short walking distance away from your perfect beach spot! Make sure you lock the car and take all the valuable belongings with you.

Hotels in Pula

Pula City Center Accommodation

Why not stay in the heart of Pula, where you can feel the vibrant steps of the modern and the ancient interact?

Park Plaza Histria Hotel

The Park Plaza Histria hotel and its 4 stars will fully satisfy your needs, be fancy and have it all in the breathtakingly beautiful resort.

Private Accommodation

Very often, private accommodation will suit your needs. From luxurious villas to rustic stone houses, you can choose the colours of your stay in Pula.

Park Plaza Histria Hotel

The Park Plaza Histria hotel and its 4 stars will fully satisfy your needs, be fancy and have it all in the breathtakingly beautiful resort.

Stoja Mobile Homes

Trendy chic mobile homes that give you privacy and seaside all in one, with an impressive view on the Brioni Islands, is a must for all nature lovers.

Drive your rental car around Pula

There is no place better to hire and drive a car than Pula. Its perfect position will enable you to explore the Istrian peninsula either on more prestige western side or on the opposite, more pristine side, touching the Kvarner Gulf.

If you choose the West, drive up to the beautiful town of Rovinj, its old city town will mesmerise you and provide perfect spots for taking photos. There, you can also have a culinary experience in one of the restaurants by the seaside, it is impossible to choose a wrong one. If you prefer to discover the East, drive up to Sveta Marina, there you will find more pristine little bays with beaches and amazing local restaurants for a very attractive price. You will also have plenty of space to park your hired car, so this one hour drive from Pula will be completely stress-free.

 For adventurers, drive your car to Pazin, a city in the centre of Istria, where you can try out an amazing zip line right by the old castle. Zip line Pazinska jama offers you up to 50 min of adrenalin just above the mysterious and impressive sinkhole.

Major events and festivals in Pula

Pula carnival

February 2017

The carnival held in Pula is not the biggest carnival in Europe, but is nevertheless an excellent choice for a fun day in the old city centre. Dress up and be a part of a festivity that has local charm and energy and don't forget to try the traditional carnival sweets offered just about everywhere!

Istria Music Festival

21.9. - 24.9.207

Introduce yourself with local heritage through folklore groups, choirs, dance groups and many other attractions that will take place during this 3 day festival. Istrian traditional music focuses on polyphonic singing and peculiar flutes, a unique and unforgettable sound indeed!

Pula film festival

15. - 22.7. 2017

Renowned, internationally known and extremely popular film festival will present you with some of the most tackling and touching movies of talented creators. It is happening in the amphitheatre in Pula, so even if you are not much into movies, you will not want to pass this one!

Dimensions festival

30.8. - 3.9.2017

This underground electronic music festival is getting more attention every year and the line-up is seriously hype. Be sure to buy your tickets early and do not miss out the chance to dance in the very charming abandoned fortress in Pula.

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