Located in the south of the Istrian peninsula, the city of Pula is not only a prime yachting destination of the region, but it’s also a city with 3,000 years of history. It’s no surprise then that as the largest city in Istria, it’s its cultural and historical center as well as a major transit port.
At first sight, Pula is breathtaking. Classical architecture combined with the beautiful turquoise sea and vast fields of green is enough to make anyone fall in love with this city. The whole peninsula is gorgeous and has plenty of natural and historical sites to explore. A succession of resorts dot the shoreline, and with the sheer amount of ports and marinas, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a berth for your yacht.
If you pick Pula as your Croatian home base for your yacht charter experience, you’ll have easy access to the whole peninsula, Brijuni islands, and even islands in Kvarner Bay.
If you’re spending any time in Pula proper, you simply cannot miss the old amphitheater that’s been used as a gladiatorial arena in the Roman empire. Today, the Arena is a historical monument, and it’s used for musical and other cultural events. The Temple of Augustus is another important historical landmark; it’s in the main square, and it was built in the first century to honor the first Roman emperor, Augustus.
Yacht charter in Pula, like in most of Croatia, provides the best experience because the nicest beaches are accessible by yacht; Gortan Cove, Sandy Baym Umbrella, and Hawaii are all worth a visit. The food is excellent and goes well with local wines. Istrian cuisine is a very pleasing blend of coastal and inland dishes. However, fish and seafood are staples, and it’s a must to try them.
At the southern tip of the peninsula, Cape Kamenjak features a natural park that practically begs to be explored. Since it’s almost completely surrounded by the sea the climate is island-like, warm, with plenty of sunshine throughout the year. This makes Kamenjak’s beaches an excellent place to spend time.
The diversity of marine species is another draw, as you can see Mediterranean monk seals and even dolphins swimming happily in the waters around the cape.
Kamenjak is home to a large variety of plant species, and its soil has preserved some actual dinosaur footprints. Wandering through the woods and experiencing the local nature is probably worth the visit on its own.
This is a large group of islands off the west coast of Istria and as one of the most stunning places in Pula, Croatia; it’s a must for any yacht charter experience. The Brijuni archipelago is made up of 14 islands that are hosts to stunning biodiversity. The island of Veliki Brijun houses a beautiful safari park with many exotic animals that originate in Asia, Africa, and South America. You stroll among llamas, ostriches, Indian elephants, and zebras.
Other points of interest are dinosaur footprints (just like in Kamenjak) and one of the oldest olive trees in the world. The famous tree is over 1600 years old, and the park features more than 200 fossilized dinosaur footprints.
The Lim valley is the 35 km long valley of the river Pazinčica, which becomes the 10 km long estuary called the Lim Channel.
While sailing the channel, you can make a detour and visit the cave of St. Romuald, one of the most alluring secluded locations in the area. As Lim Channel is a famous fish and shellfish farm, you can stop by one of Lim’s restaurants and treat yourself to some of the freshest and most delicious seafood anywhere in the world.
Thanks to the warm climate at the edge of Istria, you can yacht comfortably from May to October. Pula, Croatia is ideal for yacht charter during peak season from June to August. Fortunately, the weather isn’t too cold, even in April and October. The upside of visiting in the low season or even off-season is that you can avoid large crowds of tourists.