Why Pula is 2018’s top holiday destination

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Never been to the Pula region of Croatia before? Here are seven reasons why you’re going to love it…

It’s the perfect place to bask in the sun

Known as the Istrian Riviera, the beautiful Pula region of Croatia lies on the Adriatic coast just below Slovenia and opposite north-east Italy (just across from Venice). All through the area are charming coastline bays and coves with crystal-blue seas ideal for swimming. Its mild climate, fragrant pine groves and gentle seas make it the ideal choice for a family seaside holiday.

 The sights are spectacular

Along the coastline are the picturesque towns of Poreč and Umag, while Pula itself is situated at the tip of the Istrian peninsula. Inhabited for more than 3,000 years, Pula is packed with history. Be sure to see the Pula Arena, a first century Roman amphitheatre, the Temple of Augustus, the 17th century Venetian Kastel, and the medieval and Renaissance buildings in the narrow streets of the old quarter.

It’s a great place to discover nature

Enjoy a relaxing boat trip, a cycle ride, or a visit to Park-wood Sijana, a woodland nature reserve. Just off the coastline is the Brijuni Islands National Park, where meadows and forests are home to many rare plants, such as the wild cucumber and marine poppy.

There is loads of entertainment to enjoy

The Pula region is known for its fantastic festivals and cultural events. You can hear everything from dynamic rock bands to inspiring classical musicians. There is a National Film Festival in July, as well as dance festivals and street performers. Don’t miss the amazing Lighting Giants display in Pula – a huge visual artwork that lights up all the cranes in the Uljanik shipyard at 9pm each evening.

The Blue Pearl of the Adriatic is close by 

One of the most picturesque towns of the Mediterranean is the fishing port of Rovinj. The Old Town stands on a headland, with its narrow streets and houses leading down towards the sea in one direction and up to the Church of St Euphemia in the other. Originally enclosed by medieval walls, three gates of which remain today, Rovinj is a magical place to visit.

The wine is to die for (and so is the food)

There are more than a hundred wineries across the Istrian peninsula and the district is famous for its distinctive varieties, such as white Malvasia and Muscat, and red Teran. Join a vineyard tour or, if you prefer, a walking food tour where you can taste traditional dishes as well as the famous seafood. Or just potter around one of the many artisan food markets.

It’s easy to get there

With its great flight times from Edinburgh, Manchester, London Stansted and Leeds Bradford airports, a hefty 22kg baggage allowance and hotel transfers included, the Pula region is a doddle to get to. And finding the right place to stay is easy with Jet2holidays, which offers a selection of 2-5*  family-friendly hotels, including seafront locations in Rovinj and Porec. Plus there’ll be a rep on hand to make sure your holiday is all you want it to be.

And don’t think the list stops at seven… There are so many great reasons to visit this beautiful part of the world that we’re betting you’ll be planning your return visit almost before you’ve finished your first. Happy holidays!


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