Pola, Croatia: Impressions, Attractions and real pictures from Istria Peninsula

Pola is the largest city in the northern region of Croatia, called Istria and the 8th in the whole country. Like the other resorts of the North Adriatic Sea, Pola has an entire tourist tradition and sensational historical monuments, the most famous being the Colosseum. The landscape where it is located is beautiful, the city is bordered by hills and two harbors: one with Adriatic exit and the other with the Fazana Chanel.


Protected in the North by the Alps and in the Mediterranean Sea, the city has a humid subtropical climate, the weather is a coldest year in southern Croatia, but generally Pula as well as its surroundings are known for its mild climate. The natural beauty of the rural landscape of  Pola and the turquoise water of the Adriatic Sea region has made the city an internationally recognized holiday destination.

A silent beach in Pjeskana Uvala


The nearby pearl is Brioni Island or the Brijuni National Park, are targets visited by many international leaders, because here was Josip Broz Tito’s summer residence. Roman villas and temples are still buried in the agricultural fields and along the shores of dozens of fishing villages and surrounding farms. Coastal waters offer beaches, fishing spots, wonderful diving areas. Also, its close position to the Italian Coast gives you the opportunity to see Venice in just one day.

The ship that goes to Venice

A Luxury Yacht Port

If you prefer the wild beaches, just 2 kilometers from Pola is Kamenjak National Park, where tens of kilometers of azure waters and rocks are waiting for you.

The rocks and turquoise waters of Kamenjak National Park

How we get to Pola?


As with the other Croatian destinations I have been discussing on this site, the route is car-like and mostly similar, only that the distances are a bit smaller than in Dubrovnik or Split. It’s about 1300 kilometers up here: Bucharest- Turnu Severin-Belgrade- Zagreb- Rijeka- Pula. It is important to note that on this route a very small distance (about 80 kilometers) is made on the national road. It is recommended, however, that when you get to Rijeka you pay the entrance fee in the tunnel called Ulika Tunnel to shorten the route by about 65 kilometers. The fee is only 4 euros. Other than the highway taxes and their regime we talked in previous articles: Trogir, Dubrovnik, Split et

On the highway to Rijeka

Finally … we’ve got in Pola

The most important tourist attractions of Pola


The city is best known for the many ancient surviving Roman buildings, of which the most famous are the 1 st century amphitheater, which is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world. And locally known as the Arena. It is one of the best preserved amphithets of antiquity and is still in use today during summer film festivals. During the Second World War, the fascist Italian administration, there were attempts to dismantle the arena and move to mainland Italy, which were quickly abandoned due to the costs involved.

Pola Arena (Colosseum)


We have also made a visit inside, the atmosphere in the interior being somewhat similar to the one in Rome …


Inside Pola Arena


Two other notable and well-preserved ancient Roman structures are the triumphal bow of the fourth century, the Arch of Serpents and the cohabited temple of Rome and Augustus, built in the 1st century AD, built during the reign of Emperor Roman Augustus.

The Twin Gates (Porta Gemina) are one of the few remaining gates after the city walls were drawn in the early nineteenth century. The gate dates back to the middle of the second century, replacing an older gate. It consists of two springs, columns, a simple architecture and a decorated frieze. Nearby there are some remnants of the old city wall.

Porta Gemina


The gate of Hercules dates from the 1st century. In the upper part of the unique arch, you can see Hercules’ head with relief relief, and his club on the neighboring voussoir. A damaged inscription, close to the club, contains the names of Lucius Calpurnius Piso and Gaius Cassius Longinus, who were entrusted by the Romanian Senate with the establishment of a colony in Pula. Thus, it can be inferred that Pula was founded between the ages of 47 and 44 BC.

Hercule’s Gate


The Augustan Forum was built in the first century BC, close to the sea. In the Roman times it was surrounded by temples of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. This commercial and administrative center of the city remained the main market of classic and medieval Pula-Pola. This is the main administrative and legislative center of the city. The Temple of the Roma and Augustus is still preserved today. Part of the back wall of Juno’s temple was integrated into the Communal Palace in the 13th century. Two Roman theaters opposed to the ravages of time: the smallest (about 50 m diameter, 2nd century AD) near the center, the largest (about 100 m diameter, 1st century AD) on the southern border Of the city.

The Augustan Forum


Where did I stay in Pola?


I was on vacation with three other people and I chose to rent a 3-room apartment, we could get two, just that we found at the time. It was a very clean and carefully maintained villa (like most of the accommodation in this country) with 3 floors. The apartment is on the 3rd floor and has a great Adriatic Sea view. Being located in the Pjeskana Uvala district, the nearest beach was Uvala, a two-minute walk away. The city center is very far from here, it is a few kilometers away, but Uvala has other nearby attractions: Marina Pula, the Fazana navigation center or the Spa at the Istria Hotel.

Harbor of Pola- Marina. The left-hand terrace to see is delightful, you have to come and find a place in time

A stony beach in Uvala

Also, if you want to spend a day on the wild beaches of Kamenjak, Uvala distances are relatively short here. Touristic information and excursion tours centers are 2 steps away, and there are numerous points in which boats, cars or motorbikes can be rented.

Splendid panorama to the Adriatic Sea 1

Splendid panorama to the Adriatic Sea 2

View of the Adriatic Sea from our balcony

Most of the accommodation in Pjescana Uvala are double-bedded rooms, several-storeyed apartments

It looks like the Greek ones, right?

Our balcony…

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