The 10 Best Beaches in Pula
The dreamlike beaches of Pula turn the charming port city into one of the most popular travel spots in Croatia. Many connoisseurs would even rank these numerous beautiful bays among the most beautiful in Istria, and so you can find a number of incredibly spectacular bathing spots with breathtaking sea colors in the region. Magnificent pebble bays, hidden idyllic natural beaches, well-kept stone beaches, small sandy beaches and also quiet nudist bays, there is definitely something for everyone. Many of these bays even fly the Blue Flag, an award for fabulous facilities, beach and sea quality. But what are the absolute best beaches in Pula, which ones are particularly suitable for a relaxing seaside vacation, and where can you find the real insider tips?
In this travel guide, you will find the ultimate best beaches of Pula in Croatia. We also share amazing pictures and give you useful tips and information that will surely help you plan your trip.
The beautiful Gortans Beach, also known as Gortanova Uvala, is on the top of the list of the best beaches in Pula. This particularly picturesque bay is located directly on the enchanting Lungomare promenade and can be reached from the Valkane district by bike or easily by car. This beach is a white pebble beach, which offers gentle entry into the turquoise sea and is also ideal for families with children. There are also some pretty stone plateaus at the edge for quiet sunbathing and relaxing. Just behind the bay you will find a cute little beach bar where you can get refreshments, ice creams and snacks during your day at the beach.
Tip: Around 150 meters from Gortans Beach there is a charming little settlement with some recommendable apartments, such as the modern Lovely Studio Apartment.
Batana Beach is a charming little pebble beach that owes its name to the trendy Batana Beach Bar. In addition, on the edge of the bay, on the stone coast, there are quiet bathing places, and also the long pier invites you to jump into the sea. While sunbathing, guests can also enjoy the wonderful atmosphere with a view of passing sailboats and the opposite peninsula of Verudela. This scene beach is very popular among young people. See and be seen is the motto here! Be sure to visit the stylish beach bar, which offers delicious drinks and a unique setting right on the beach!
Tip: Close to the beach you will find some lovely accommodations, such as the beautiful Goga Apartments which are located in a quiet location by the sea!
The Hawaii Beach is simply breathtaking and, for many, the most beautiful beach in Pula. With a backdrop straight out of a travel magazine, this bay is an absolute dream beach on the coast of Pula and should not be missed on any vacation. Those who visit Hawaii Beach will experience a pebble bay with round white stones. The beach slopes gently into the sea and is surrounded by exceptionally beautiful rock formations. Here you will get a real Caribbean feeling while swimming! The water is crystal clear and ideal for snorkeling, and the sea shines in the most fascinating turquoise colors. This is a real eye catcher!
Tip: Hawaii Beach is located in the resort of Verudela. Vacationers love the 3-star Hotel Park Plaza Arena Pula, which is in a prime location right behind the dream beach!
Svjetionik Beach, also known as Lighthouse Beach, is an incredibly beautiful stone beach that captivates vacationers with its spectacular scenery, high cliffs and fabulous turquoise sea colors. This dream beach is especially popular with couples and individualists, as it is a bit quieter and more secluded than the main beaches of Pula. Moreover, behind the beach, there is a really great cocktail bar called Bonaca, from whose terrace you can enjoy a magnificent view of the coast. A wonderful place to swim with a unique ambience, and definitely one of the most spectacular beaches in Pula!
Tip: Right next to the beach is a very luxuriously equipped lighthouse with 3 bedrooms, which can be rented for a very special stay in Pula.
Plaza Histria Beach
One of the top beaches near Pula is Histria Beach, located south of the city on the Verudela peninsula. When you visit this breathtaking bay, surely you will be amazed by an exceptionally beautiful pebble beach, with fantastic water quality and a unique holiday atmosphere. If you like, you can rent an umbrella and a sunbed on the beach, but also the wonderfully fragrant pine trees at the end of the bay providing wonderful shade on hot summer days. Behind the Plaza Histria is a large sports complex with tennis, mini golf, table tennis and golf! A fantastic beach for a holiday by the sea.
Tip: Histria Beach is located by the beautiful Hotel Park Plaza Histria, a very popular hotel complex with pool and leisure facilities, perfect for a beach vacation!
Cyclon’s Beach & Pula Sea Cave
A real insider’s tip among the most beautiful beaches is undoubtedly the Cyclon’s Beach, west of Pula, near Stoja. Surrounded by magnificent nature, this idyllic cove offers an unbelievably spectacular scenery. The beach is a magnificent mixture of pebbles and stones, and the green pine trees create a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere. The turquoise sea is also magnificent and ideal for swimming. While snorkeling, you will have the opportunity to discover a magnificent underwater world full of fish.
Right next to the beach is another natural attraction, the Pula Sea Cave, which should not be missed on any trip to Pula. Cliff jumpers meet here, but also day trippers with kayaks who want to explore this cave from the inside. Paddle boat tours can be booked online!
The idyllic Centinera Beach is located in Banjole, a neighborhood in the southern part of Pula. This shallow pebble beach, which is particularly popular with older people and families with children, offers a pleasant entry into the sea. At the edge of the bay it becomes more rocky, and a pine forest provides cool shade on hot days. In the summer, a small aqua park is inflated directly into the sea at this family beach, offering lots of action and fun for young and old. The seawater is also particularly beautiful and clear along this stretch of coastline, inviting you to take a refreshing dip.
Tip: The Sunset Apartments are a real insider tip for a beach vacation. They are located just a few steps from the beach and score with modern furnishings.
A very popular beach is the Ambrela Beach on the Verudela peninsula, just a few kilometers from the city of Pula. The sea is crystal clear and absolutely clean, with the most beautiful shades of blue. This bay is also an ideal place for snorkeling, as there are plenty of fish to discover under the water. In the evenings, you can also enjoy spectacular sunsets. There are not many shady places on the beach, but there are beautiful pine forests at the edge of the bay that provide cool shade. Refreshments and snacks are available at the lovely beach bars, which are located slightly above the bay.
Tip: Just a short walk away is the stunning Grand Hotel Brioni Pula, one of the best 5-star hotels for a beach holiday in Pula!
The city beach Valkane is very popular among locals and tourists. It has been awarded the Blue Flag, an indication of the best water quality and facilities. In this bay you will find mainly concrete slabs for sunbathing, although a small part of the beach is covered with pebbles. Stairs and ladders provide easy access to the blue sea. Shady places can be found at the back, under the green pine trees, where there are also some nice beach bars. There are not many accommodations in the area.
Banjole Beach, also known as Del Mar beach, is a charming and popular beach in Pula. It is located near the Banjole tourist settlement in the south of the Pula tourist region. Families with children are especially fond of this beach, which is about 450 meters long and shallow, with shiny white pebbles that enchant with their crystal-clear sea and enchanting atmosphere. Umbrellas and sunbeds can be rented during the season, and a few trees provide shade above the bay. At the beginning of the long bay there are some restaurants and cafés that provide food and cool drinks.
Tip: In the resort of Banjole are many accommodations not far from the sea. Popular is the pretty apartment Valentina with beautiful furnishings and in a quiet location!
Premantura (Kamenjak Nature Park)
The Kamenjak Nature Park in Premantura, just a short drive from Pula, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. A variety of paradisiacal beaches and bays, nestled in a wonderfully idyllic natural landscape, await vacationers with breathtaking postcard scenery. Particularly popular and highly recommended are Njive beach, Penizule bay, Mala Kolumbarica Beach with its high cliffs and the beautiful Skoljic Beach, where there is also a windsurfing school. There is also a small sandy beach in the Nature Park, which is very popular with families with small children!
Tip: Nearby accommodations can be found in the small village Premantura, such as the recommended Apartment Bianca Premantura.
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