Pula is the largest city in Istria County, Croatia and the eighth largest city in the country, situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, with a population of 57,460 in 2011. It is known for its multitude of ancient Roman buildings, the most famous of which is the Pula Arena, one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters, and its beautiful sea and for gay friendly hotels Pula.
The city has a long tradition of wine making, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. It was the administrative centre of Istria from ancient Roman times until superseded by Pazin in 1991.
Pula, a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, is known for its protected harbor, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. Settled in the prehistoric era and valued for its strategic location, Pula has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. The Romans, Ostrogoths and Venetians, as well as the Allied Forces in World War II, have each administered the city.
What are the top attractions to visit in Pula?
Pula is a great city. Not as charming or renowned as Dubrovnik but it doesn’t heave with tourists as Dubrovnik does. … Pula is best known for its Roman buildings and Brijuni islands NP. It does have some nice beaches but it just feels like it’s not really tourist oriented.
- Roman Arena in Pula
- Forum in Pula
- Arch of the Sergii.
- Temple of Augustus.
- Archaeology Museum Pula
- Church and Monastery of St. Francis.
- The Gate of Hercules.
Best Day Tours from Pula
1. Park Plaza Arena Pula 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Pula Istria
Renovated in May 2015,Pula is surrounded by a fragrant pine forest just 50 m from the Adriatic coast. A health and wellness centre is complemented by 2 sea water swimming pools with sun deck offering sea views
These modern-style rooms are fitted with design furniture. Amenities also include air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, minibar and a seating area. Bathrooms come with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
A short stroll leads to the Verudela Avenue, where guests can find Espressamente Illy and Champagne Bar, several dining options as well as some shops and designer boutiques.
The centre of Pula is 4 km away, preserving the well-known Roman Arena, ancient monument and today’s venue for concerts and live performances.
Surrounded by an aromatic pine forest and lush Mediterranean vegetation on the Verudela Peninsula, Park Plaza Arena Pula (formerly the Hotel Park) is a tranquil haven on the beautiful Adriatic coast. Just minutes from the historic city of Pula, the largest city in Istria, the hotel offers a wide choice of sport facilities and entertainment and is ideal for couples and families alike.
The hotel is located a short walk from the Verudela Avenue which includes restaurants, shops, bars and the larger Histria hotel. A fab bus service takes 10 minutes into Pula for a little over a pound! From Pula you can easily travel by bus onto places like Rovinj and the Brijuni islands, which we did and highly recommend. (Thanks to Mirko for your help!)
The hotel is modern, clean and quiet. We were half-board and enjoyed the selection of food. The pancakes in the morning were superb!
And then the staff. Wow! What a fantastic team! From the friendly and efficient reception, housekeeping, restaurant and wonderful bar staff, we were always greeted with a friendly smile and great service.
The pool area is lovely and while there is plenty of natural shade I do think it could do with a few more umbrellas around the pool side as this has the wonderful Croatian sun all day. The staff are very nice, nothing is too much trouble and they are always pleasant and welcoming. The grounds around the hotel are stunning with views out over the sea and easy paths for walking. I would definitely recommend this hotel and the area, it’s quiet and relaxing. You can get a bus into Pula from just outside which takes 15 minutes or so an.
The setting is out of this world within view of a crystal clear beach. On checking in you are greeted by pleasantries , both from the décor but also from the staff. Our room was top floor with a balcony overlooking the woodland with the sea in close view.
The room while compact is beautifully decorated , and contains all your requirements and more. When you arrive down for breakfast and choose to dine outside , its like heaven with a postcard view of the sea , adorned by trees. The food variety both for the buffet breakfast and the buffet dinner is delightful . The pool area is well laid out , even including toilet and changing facilities very convenient . The grounds is a haven of relaxation , loads of woodland paths and numerous restaurants and shops to satisfy your needs. All of the staff are pleasant , from the dining room , bar , cleaning and reception. d costs approx. £1.20, there you will find the Amphitheatre, nice restaurants & shops.
How much does a room costs at Park Plaza Arena Pula?
Prices start 185$/night for Standard Double Room with Pool View. The Superior Double Room with Balcony and Sea View is 270$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Situated at the top floor of the hotel, this double room offers a balcony and panoramic sea views. The modern-style unit comprises air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, minibar and a seating area. Bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Where to book online – Park Plaza Arena Pula – Gay Friendly Hotels Pula Istria – you can find the best hotels deals in Pula during Dimensions Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Pula on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Park Plaza Histria Pula 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Pula
Only steps away from the beach, Park Plaza Histria Pula is set 4 km from Pula’s centre. Featuring 3 restaurants, tennis and squash courts, it offers an outdoor pool, billiards, mini golf and sunbeds.
Providing panoramic views, the accommodation units come with a balcony, modern furnishings and an LCD satellite TV. Each unit is air conditioned and comprises a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower.
The wellness & spa area stretches on 550 m² and features an indoor swimming pool with sea water, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, ice bath and relax zone with heated loungers. There is also a fully equipped gym and an on-site hair and beauty salon with 4 treatment rooms.
The Park Plaza Histria, perfectly located on the Punta Verudela peninsula overlooking the sea, represents the symbol of Pula’s tourist offer. Guests at the Park Plaza Histria can view Pula’s fascinating Roman remains including one of Europe’s best preserved Amphitheatres. The Park Plaza offers state of the art facilities – including a number of dining options, two seawater swimming pools, conference centre, wellness centre with gym and saunas. The Park Plaza Histria is also highly accessible for Pula’s lively nightlife, with excellent bars and restaurants ever popular with tourists. The hotel’s location on the beautiful south coast of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula offers breathtaking views across the Adriatic Sea, and the historic city of Pula is only minutes from the resort.
Park Plaza Histria is a fabulous 4*hotel (more a 5* in my opinion). I cannot find anything to complain about regarding this Hotel. The staff are smartly dressed, friendly, efficient, professional and helpful. Their English is also very good.
The lobby area is huge with plenty of high end classy sofas, armchairs, tables and a Lobby Bar that offers a wide range of drinks and food.
The decor of the hotel is contemporary, modern and bright. Everything is in great condition. The bedrooms are well thought out, full length mirror, plenty of sockets, storage and hangers. The safety deposit box is free of charge too.
The main restaurant is large, well seated (in and out) and up to date furniture. The food is plentiful, variable and healthy mixed with some not so healthy choices! You won’t struggle to eat here. It’s been well thought out. The Hotel has 4 restaurants in total.
The pool area is spacious, clean and there are plenty of beds in and around the pool area. There is a well staffed, well run Pool Bar which offers a great selection of drinks and food all day. The towels are free of charge and replaceable whenever you want another.
The Spa is very sophisticated and extremely modern. Just like a high class spa at home. It offers all treatments, 3 saunas/steam rooms and a huge seawater pool with beds around the outside. It also has a hairdressers. The indoor pool and steam rooms are free of charge.
The bus stop into Pula town is just a 5/10 minute walk to the barrier of the Hotel. It costs £1.50 into Pula by bus.
Our room overlooked the marina which was wonderful, it’s was clean, comfortable & the bathroom facilities were good.
There is a mini bar in the room but this is at an extra charge. Disappointing as an all inclusive guest.
The food we genuinely loved, however, can understand it may not be to everyone’s taste. For us it was great to see the hotel were offering true croatian cuisine like the local restaurants were serving, which included lots of fresh fish, pastas & the local speciality Veal. Lunch was always our favourite meal time, Club sandwiches, tapas, gourmet burgers etc. Breakfast was the same every day but good all the same. The istrian night was our favourite evening meal, it’s not to be missed.
How much does a room costs at Park Plaza Histria Pula?
Prices start 180$/night for Standard Double Room. The Superior Double Room with Marina View is 215$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Overlooking the marina, this air-conditioned room features a balcony, modern furnishings and an LCD satellite TV.
This room is located in the annex building, which is right next to the main building of Park Plaza Histria Pula
Where to book online – Park Plaza Histria Pula – Gay Friendly Hotels Pula Istria – you can find the best hotels deals in Pula during Dimensions Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Pula on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Hotel Milan Pula 4*– Gay Friendly Hotels Pula
Offering an a-la-carte restaurant with bar and a terrace, Hotel Milan is located in Pula, 1 km from the centre. There is a beach 500 m from the property. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Rooms at the Hotel Milan will provide you with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning and a minibar. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
The front desk is open 24-hours a day. Other facilities include a shared lounge, luggage storage and an ironing service. The on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes and international cuisine.
Hotel Milan is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Pula, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.
Hotel Milan is a family-friendly hotel offering air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a minibar in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.
The hotel features a 24 hour front desk, room service, and baggage storage. Plus, guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, which has made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Pula. For guests with a vehicle, street parking is available.
While staying at Hotel Milan, visitors can check out Floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce (1.0 mi) and The Town Hall (City Palace) (1.2 mi), some of Pula’s top attractions.
When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Bistro Alighieri, Farabuto, and Konoba Boccaporta, which are some Mediterranean restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.
If you’re looking for something to do, Pula’s Marketplace (1.2 mi), Kastel (1.1 mi), and Monastery and Church of St. Francis (1.1 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Hotel Milan.
The quality of food and service received at this hotel as ‘walk-in’ diners was excellent.
The gin measures were generous, wines good and meal excellent. The seafood plate was extraordinary with a wide variety including shellfish and squid – well prepared and well presented; the side order of roasted vegetables and obligatory chips made for a hearty meal.
Hotel Milan is situated out of town in a residential area of Pula, it’s possible to walk to the old town but taking the number 1 or 4 bus from around corner of hotel is much better and quicker. The hotel is family run and they and the staff of hotel are the nicest and friendliest I have come across while staying in past hotels.
They really have time to chat and advise you on all aspects of your stay including choosing of the menu in the restaurant which I have to say was an experience in itself . The food was delicious and so much that we dined in hotel for the four nights we were there. We were looked after each evening by Dario’s who entertained and made us laugh at his wit. The hotel is quite small and so are the rooms not much storage space if you like to travel with a lot of luggage. The bed we found was comfortable, there is no tea and coffee making facilities in room.
The good points- excellent food and service, free parking and very friendly (used by business travellers and tourist). The meal was truly excellent with great advice on the food, wine and beer. Possibly sounds pretentious but it really wasn’t!
The owners have some great art on the walls and the outside dining/ breakfast area is very relaxed. The breakfast buffet includes eggs made to order and beats the typical hotel ‘mass’ buffet usually found in the bigger hotels.
Not so good- a 20 min walk into the old town BUT the no.1 bus stop is just over the road and with an apparent flat fare of 11 Kuna the location isn’t an issue. In fact being out of tourist central was actually quite relaxing. The bus service is easy to use with the name of the stop very evident which the bus then displays to passengers- so language isn’t a problem.
The rooms are spotlessly clean and of a good size. They are a little dated most notably in the limited number of sockets to charge gadgets. Again this wasn’t a major issue for us but some people seem to view this an an essential.
Overall we had an enjoyable, relaxing and memorable stay and if in Pula again would happily stay at the Milan.
How much does a room costs at Hotel Milan Pula?
Prices start 194$/night for Superior Double Room. The Suite is 220$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Overlooking the marina, this air-conditioned room features a balcony, modern furnishings and an LCD satellite TV.
Where to book online – Milan Hotel Pula – Gay Friendly Accommodation Pula Istria – you can find the best hotels deals in Pula during Dimensions Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Pula on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
4. Boutique Hotel Oasi 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Pula Istria
Located in Pješčana Uvala, a peaceful bay just a few kilometres from the busy town of Pula, Boutique Hotel Oasi is surrounded by lush Mediterranean greenery. Featuring an outdoor pool and a wellness area, it also offers an on-site bar and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided.
This eco-friendly hotel uses solar energy for warming water and heating indoor spaces during the colder periods of the year. Floor heating is featured in all rooms, which have Italian parquets.
The rooms offer a seating area with a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and air conditioning. Private bathroom is fitted with a shower, free toiletries, bathrobe and slippers. Some rooms overlook the pool or the sea.
Located in Pjescana Uvala, a peaceful bay, 4 kilometres from the town of Pula. Featuring an outdoor pool and a wellness area, it also offers an on-site bar and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided. All rooms offer a seating area with a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar, air-conditioning, bathroom. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional specialties as well as vegetarian and macrobiotic cuisine.
If you like quiet relaxing hotels, this is the place. Came the first week out of season and it felt like your own villa with everything included. The people assisting were young and helpful, the hotel very clean and welcoming.
Lovely hotel with best dinner we had during whole holiday in Pula. Fantastic facilities in spa and wellness area with pool, hot tub, two sauna etc.
There is a sauna and jacuzzi although the latter wasn’t working at the time. You could also book massages etc.
Also, there is a local beach which is easily walked to by going downhill from hotel until meeting main road. Turn left and walk down until you see the sea on the right and can walk down do it. You will pass a local shop ‘market’ and a bakers en route should you wish to buy provisions. The beach, prom and park area are all very pleasant and have a couple of bars and restaurants there.
Lovely quiet and clean room with all the possible comforts needed – outdoor swimming pool and spa treatments to order. Breakfast was delicious with a wide buffet selection and also food to order off the menu.
Location in the suburbs and not in easy walking distance to any sites or restaurants so would not recommend without a car.
I would recommend Oasi to anyone who is looking for a relaxing holiday. Its close proximity to Pula means that you can visit the city if you wish, but the village of Pjescana Uvala and the Marina will ensure enough things to do
How much does a room costs at Boutique Hotel Oasi?
Prices start 230$/night for Comfort Double Room with Balcony.
Spacious air-conditioned room featuring a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a seating area. Private bathroom features a shower, bathrobe and slippers. The room features a balcony or terrace, based on availability.
Where to book online – Boutique Hotel Oasi – LGBT Friendly Hotels Pula Istria – you can find the best hotels deals in Pula during Dimensions Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Pula on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
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