The northern Croatian city of Pula is set among pristine nature and a calm Adriatic Sea, making it an ideal summer holiday spot. A former Roman town, its rich history and fresh seafood are just some of the reasons to pick up your Avis rental at Pula Airport and start exploring this stunning region.
There’s an abundance of attractions both along the coastline and inland. With an Avis hire car you can make the most of your time in Pula while travelling at your own pace.
Pre-book your car online and choose from an extensive range of quality vehicles, from small economy cars to family saloons. You can also enhance your ride with a number of add-ons, such as child seats for families travelling with young children, GPS or additional drivers. We make car rental easy, because we know you can’t wait to feel the freedom of the road and get the very most out of your stay. The Avis counters are conveniently located inside the terminal building, so wherever your travels take you, the keys are ready and waiting for you to unlock the secrets of this destination.
The city centre is about a 15-minute drive from Pula Airport via Sijanska cesta. While it’s not as lively as bigger Croatian cities like Dubrovnik and Split, there’s still a lot on offer for visitors. The city was part of Italy until the end of World War II. Today, Italian and English are often spoken by locals.
Pula has also preserved much of its history, including Roman ruins and other archaeological sites. The city’s star attraction is its 6th century Roman amphitheatre, which is known as the Arena. Gladiatorial contests were held here, and there is enough seating for 20,000 onlookers. The main city square, called the Forum after its Roman origins, is also a must-see, and is where the Temple of Augustus is located.
More modern structures, like the Austro-Hungarian fortresses, built before World War I, can also be found scattered around the city. Another top sight is a series of underground tunnels, called Zerostrassse, which was used to store ammunition and as bomb shelters for the local population during World War I.
Stroll the streets and browse the shops in Pula for some retail therapy, and take in some of the city’s museums, like the Archaeological Museum, which has exhibitions dating from prehistoric times to the middle ages.
Pula boasts beautiful beaches too, with the crystal-clear water lapping the coast providing the perfect place to cool off in the summer months. Fresh seafood, plucked straight from the sea, is on the menu at many local restaurants.
Frequent renters get upgraded – and additional days for free – by signing up for Avis Preferred loyalty benefits. Simply choose a date and time and we’ll prepare your quality hire car.
The Adriatic coastline is dotted with charming little towns to visit, each offering something unique. From Pula, you have the possibility to delve deeper into the Istria Peninsula and discover everything this part of Croatia has to offer.
Just a 15-minute drive via Medulinska cesta will lead you to the coastal fishing town of Medulin, a popular summer destination for holidaymakers. During summer, the population booms, with its idyllic coastline the main attraction. Here, an array of outdoor activities are on offer, with sailing, scuba diving, skydiving, quad-biking and camping available.
A 40-minute drive north of Pula on the D21 takes you to another beautiful coastal town, Rovinj. Built on a peninsula, the town is easily identified by its huge tower, a part of the Church of St Euphemia, which stretches 60 metres into the sky. The old town is particularly charming with its red-roofed houses, and the Forest Park Golden Cape, an area of outstanding natural beauty, which sits on the town’s edge. Fresh fish are brought in daily by local fishermen and feature on the menus of many of Rovinj’s restaurants.
The town of Poreč boasts a number of historic sites, including the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the Bishop’s Palace, sitting adjacent. Visitors should stop in at the Heritage Museum of Poreč, housed in the Sinčić Palace, and also see the nearby Baredine Cave, featuring bizarre stalagmites. Located about an hour north of Pula on the E751, it’s a fantastic day trip destination.
With your Avis hire car from the Pula Airport, the wonders of the Adriatic coast are just a short drive away.