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 in the region. Magnificent pebble bays, hidden idyllic natural beaches, well-kept stone beaches, small sandy beaches and also quiet nudist bays, for sure there is something for everyone here. Many of these bays even fly the Blue Flag, a sign of fabulous beach and sea quality. But what are the absolute best beaches in Pula, which ones are suitable for a relaxing seaside vacation, and where can you find the real insider tips?
In this travel guide we will show you the ultimate best beaches of Pula in Croatia. We also share amazing pictures and give useful tips and information that will certainly help you plan your trip.
The beautiful Gortans Beach, also known as Gortanova Uvala, is high up on the list of the best beaches in Pula. The picturesque bay is directly located at the waterfront, the Lungomare, and can be reached from the Valkane district by bike or comfortably by car. This beach is a pebble beach that is also perfectly suitable for children. On the edge you will find some beautiful stone plateaus to sunbathe in absolute tranquility. Just behind the beach there is a nice little beach bar, which provides refreshments and snacks.
Tip: Around 150 meters from Gortans Beach there is a charming little settlement with some recommendable apartments, such as the modern Apartments Marin.
Batana Beach is a small pebble beach that owes its name to the nearby Batana Beach Bar. On the edge of the bay, on the stone coast, there are other quiet bathing spots and the long jetty also invites you to jump into the sea. While sunbathing, you can enjoy a wonderful backdrop with a view of the passing sailing boats and the Verudela peninsula on the opposite side. This trendy beach is particularly popular for a young audience. The motto here is to see and to be seen! In any case, you should pay a visit to the cool beach bar, which attracts people with delicious drinks and a unique atmosphere!
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!
Just breathtaking and for many the most beautiful beach in Pula is the Hawaii Beach. This bay is an absolute dream beach and should not be missed on any holiday. Here you get a real Caribbean feeling during a swim or sunbathing. The sea shines in the most beautiful turquoise blue colors and is also crystal clear, which is ideal for snorkeling and swimming. The Hawaii beach is a white pebble bay with round stones, the beach slopes gently into the sea and is surrounded by exceptionally beautiful rock formations. 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!
The Svjetionik Beach is an incredibly beautiful stone beach that scores with its spectacular backdrop, high cliffs and fabulous turquoise sea colors. This dream beach is particularly popular with couples because it is a little quieter here than on the main beaches. Behind the beach is a really fantastic cocktail bar with a wonderful view of the coast. All in all, a breathtaking bathing place with unique ambience and guaranteed one of the most beautiful 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
Another stunning beach around Pula is Histria Beach, which is located south of the city on the Verudela Peninsula. This breathtaking bay is an exceptionally beautiful pebble beach that scores with excellent water quality and a fantastic atmosphere. If you like, you can rent an umbrella and lounger on the beach, but also the pine trees at the end of the bay offer wonderful shade on hot summer days. You can find many sports facilities including tennis, mini golf, table tennis and golf opportunities! A breathtaking beach for a perfect holiday near Pula town and just 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 tip among the most beautiful beaches is definitely the hidden Cyclon’s Beach in the west of Pula near Stoja. Surrounded by beautiful nature, this idyllic bay inspires with an incredibly magnificent backdrop. The beach is a mix of pebble and stone bays surrounded by green pine trees. The turquoise blue sea is also unique here and is ideal for swimming and to explore the magnificent underwater world while snorkeling.
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, in the southern part of Pula. Especially locals, but also families with children, appreciate this gently sloping, rough pebble beach. On the edge of the bay, it gets increasingly rocky and a pine forest provides cool shade on hot days. In summer, an aqua park is inflated in the sea, which offers lots of action and fun for young and old. The seawater is particularly beautiful and clear and particularly invites you to jump into the cool water.
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.
Another very popular beach on the Verudela peninsula near Pula is the Beach Ambrela. The sea shines here in picturesque blue tones and is also crystal clear and clean. Don’t forget your goggles, this bay is ideal for snorkeling! There are hardly any shady spots directly on the beach, but on the edge of the bay there are pine forests that provide cool shade. Refreshments and snacks are available in the beach bars, which are located slightly above the beach. A wonderful experience is also to watch the beautiful sunsets in the evening.
The Pula city beach of Valkane is very popular with locals. It was awarded with the Blue Flag, a symbol of top water quality. In this bay you will mainly find concrete slabs as sunbathing areas, although a small section of the beach is also covered with pebbles. There are some shady spots in the back of the beach, under the green pine trees, where there are some nice beach bars as well. Nearby you will find a few good accommodations.
A really beautiful beach in Pula is Banjole Beach, also known as Del Mar Beach. It is located near the vacation settlement of the same name Banjole in the south of the vacation region of Pula. In particular, families with children appreciate this 450-meter-long, gently sloping pebble beach. Some trees above the bay provide shade and umbrellas and loungers can also be rented in the season. 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)
Probably the most beautiful beach spots, located not far from Pula, can be found in the Kamenjak Nature Park in Premantura. The most heavenly beaches and bays await you here, embedded in a wonderfully idyllic natural landscape and with a breathtaking postcard scenery. Particularly popular are here the Njive beach, the dream penizule bay, the Mala Kolumbarica beach with the high cliffs and the beautiful Skoljic beach, where there is a windsurfing school. There is also a small hidden sandy beach here in the park!
Tip: Nearby accommodations can be found in the small village Premantura, such as the recommended Apartment Bianca Premantura.
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