Pula, Croatia

Phone code 52, US$1 = 8.39KN, Sep 11 2000

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Pula is a mixed bag. It has a disgusting beach, made horrible over the years because of pollution, and a rather drab modern looking city. However, it does have ancient Roman ruins made before BC, which are considered the countries true treasures. The nearby beaches are near the cheap accommodation

The bus station is in the center of town. 10 m E is the Tourist office both on Istarska ulica. This leads to Sergijevaca, which is the Old Town.

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Information Office: Istarska 11. T219-197. From bus station head east down Istarska Ulica. 10 m walk. www.gradpula.com
$1 Kaptol Banka: Istarka 5. M-F9:00-17:00, Exchanges cash for no commission. T/C com. 1.5% US$1=8.39KN. ATM.
$2 Zagrebacka Banka: M. Laginje 1. M-F9:00-17:00, Exchanges cash for no com T/C com2%, $1US=8.37KN. ATM.
M0 Post /Telephone office: Danteov trg 4. M-F 7.00-20.00, Sa7.00-17.00, Su8.00-12.00
P Police: Trg Republike. T 92.
H Medical Center: ?
Hp Pharmacy: Giadini 15. 24 hours.
m Market: Narodni trg bb. Huge selection of fish and fruit/vegatbles.
Access: From bus station head E on Istarska Ulica. When you see Flanaticka ul, looking west. This leads to the market..
c Supermarket: ?

Local transport
Bus: #1 and #2 local buses leave from Istarska (opposite bus station) head to hostel (#1) mentioned and camping site (#2) mentioned in the accommodation site. 4KN

Transport
A Airport: Valtursko polje bb, 20mins by bus W of town. T550-900 Access: Minibus 20KN. Ask at the travel agents/the airline office.
Normal fares to London:
OW$320, 8:00, 19:15
to Zagreb:
OW$45, 8:00, 19:15
to Dubrovnik:
OW$125, 7:10
a Croation Airlines: Carrarina 8, T218 909
T Train Station: Kolodvorska 5. 5mins SW of town. T541133
To Zagreb: 7hrs,
192KN, 5.12, 8.50, 19.27.
To Rijecka: 2.5hrs,
35KN, 5.12, 8.50 , 19.27.
To Ljubljana: 7.5hrs,
132KN, 15.53.
B Bus Station: Istarska + Carrarina (center of town, 10 m west of tourist office and 100 m west of Amphitheater). T219074. Luggage storage 6KN 5.00-23.00.
to Porec: 1.5hrs
29KN 6.15, 7, 11, 18.30, 20, 20.40.
to Rovinj: 40mins
15KN, 4.15, 5, 6.15, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15.30, 18.30, 19, 20, 20.30
to Zagreb: 5.5hrs,
116KN, 4.15, 5.00, 5.30, 7.00, 9.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 16.00, 16.50, 18.30, 20.00, 23.30
to Rijecka: 3hrs,
48KN, Many 5-23.30
to Split:11hrs,
195KN, 6.45, 11.00
F Ferry: Riva ul.
To Venice: 6hrs 439KN MW14.20 Su15.30
Access: From the bus station head south on Carrarina ulica This will become ulica Sv. Ivana that ends at Riva ul.


Holidays/Festivalss
July: 34th Folk song festival: Yearly celebration of songs and dances from the Pula region.
July: Etno Jazz Festival: Croatian musicians perform throughout the town.
August: Art & Musical festival: Local artists join internation perfermors around town. 10 years old.
September: Organ days in Istria: International organ music festival.

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@ The library: 1F, Castropola, MWF10.00-14.00. Free 3 PC'S, no waiting list. From bus station head east down Istarska Ulica. Then turn east down the first street which leads to ulica Castropola.




Accommodation
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HOTEL CODE
The accommodation in the city centre is extremely expensive. Although the hostel and camping site is quite a distance away, it is on the doorstep of the best beaches, so they are the best option.
h Omladinski Hostel: Zaljev Valsaline 4. T210003. sb d85KN bf C3 (10% with HI card) Fairly basic rooms and cramped conditions but the location is excellent.
Pula actually does not have a beach, just a smelly wharf with huge vessels. But here at the hostel are crystal clear waters. Be sure to call ahead.
Access: From a bus stop E from bus stationo on Istarska Ulica, catch bus #2 'Veruda' to the last stop, 20 min, follow the HI signs from here.
h Hotel Riviera: Spiltska Ulica 5. sb s137KN, d220KN C2. Once a grand five star hotel, but now a one star dive with no views at all. To be frank it is very depressing but is the cheapest hotel by far. This huge 300 room hotel, seems to have a staff of only two. Come here only as a last option.
Access: From the bus station head south on Carrarina ulica This will become ulica Sv. Ivana that ends at Riva ul. Head east to the end of the street. This becomes Spiltska Ulica
h Stoja Camping: T24144. 40KN/p You need your own tent. Situated on a little peninsula, the location on the camping ground is the envy of all the 5-star hotels. Has basic facilities, and a great beach area. Highly Rec
Access:
From a bus stop E from bus stationo on Istarska Ulica, catch bus #1 'Stoja' to the last stop, 20 mins,
h Private Rooms
The Pula tourist office:
Istarska 11, organizes private rooms in the center of town but since all the best scenery is out of town I recommend either the Hostel or campsite. sb s95KN, d150KN
Access:
From bus station head east down Istarska Ulica. 10 m walk

Food

Fish and Chips Foggy: Kandlerova Ulica 44. 8-15.00, 18.00-22.00. Seafood, 5KN-20KN. Perhaps the smallest restaurant in the world, this tiny hole in the wall only big enough to fit a oven and fridge sells cheap seafood, rolls and chips. An excellent option that is proven by the huge line always outside it. Highly Rec
Access:
From the bus station head south on Carrarina ulica for 2 min, then turn west on Kandlerova Ulica.
r The Bounty: Veronska 8. M-F10.00-23.00, Sa13.00-21.00, Su14.00-20.00. Irish, 12KN-40KN. The most popular place in town for all the young students. Every town had an Irish pub, and this one is better than most. Excellent rustic atmosphere where the locals eat such dishes such as 'Shepherds pie' and 'bangers and mash'. Many ex-pats come here also.
Access: From bus station head east down Istarska Ulica. When you see Flanaticka ul, looking west head up the street, Vereonska is off this street.
r Orfey: Kandlerova 6. 10.00-22.00. Italian, 10KN-30KN. Popular Italian outdoor restaurant that has excellent seafood and pasta. It is a bit more expensive than other restaurants, but the servings are large.
Access: From the bus station head south on Carrarina ulica for 2 min, then turn west on Kandlerova Ulica. Rec

Sight

S1 Amphitheater: 7.30-21.00 15KN students 8KN. From the bus station head west Itarska for 100 m. This is one of the great Roman ruins still intact today, and perhaps Croatia's most popular tourist attraction after Dubrovnik. Built when the Romans settled here around 1AD, this Amphitheater (like the colleseum) housed gladiator contests and other events. Today, top music artists such as Sting and U2 play inside of it. Italian tourists love to see what their forefathers had made. This is a must see. Highly Rec
S2 The Forum:10.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00 6KN. From the bus station, head east on Istarska for 200 m, then head south on Sergievaca which runs into the Forum The Arch of the Sergians built in 2BC is the entrance to Sergijevaca, a tiny scobble stoned street full of ice cream shops and souvenir shops. At night time many painters and performers appear and entertain the tourists and the young locals. This leads to the Forum, a small square that holds the Temple of Augustus, a pillared type structure built in 2BC.

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