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Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

1. Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

The starting point of this kayak experience is Cape Kamenjak, a protected natural park south of Pula. From one of its charming pebble beaches, you will start your adventure after a quick briefing from the tour guides. After settling in the kayaks, you'll paddle for approximately 40 minutes following the rugged coast while enjoying the summer scenery all the way to the Kolombarica Sea Cave. In the cave, you'll swim in the turquoise water lit by the sun rays that enter through a cave opening above. Snorkeling and exploring the vibrant sea life of Kamenjak is a memory you'll want to remember. That's why this tour includes free GoPro photos. If you're an adrenaline seeker, you'll love jumping from the cliffs (up to 15m high) after exploring the cave. If not, you can enjoy some time sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. On the way back, the tour guides will make short stops as needed. If you're interested, you can find out some amazing facts about the area. This tour is an ideal summer experience for friends and families. It's completely safe and suitable for beginners and kids.

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Pula: Saint Jerolim Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. Pula: Saint Jerolim Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Embark on an adventure to the pristine coast of Saint Jerolim. Enjoy beautiful views of the Punta Christo lighthouse, the skyline of Pula, and the expansive Brijuni Islands. Feel at one with nature as you admire a landscape ruled by the wilderness. Paddle to Saint Jerolim and relax on the beach, before setting off to explore the island. Take in the beautiful scenes, and learn about the rich history from your guide. Keep an eye out for local residents, the donkeys and peacocks love to make friends. See the vibrant wildlife while snorkelling in the shallow waters, and feed a frenzy of fish. Top it off with an underwater photoshoot to remember the day forever. Once you've rested up, paddle back to Pula with some treasured memories.

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Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

3. Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

Be collected at your accommodation in Zagreb and drive for approximately three hours to Pula. This is the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The city was founded by an ancient tribe in the 10th century B.C. and it was well known by Greek travelers and sailors so is mentioned in many Greek myths. In the 1st century, the Romans made the city strong and today the vivid remains of this era can be explored. Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world and will take you back in time as you imagine gladiators battles. Other examples of Roman architecture to discover are the Temple of Augustus and the gates to the city including the Arch of the Sergii and the gate of Hercules.  Continue your journey for 45 minutes to Rovinj. This city was also founded by the Istrian tribes. It was built on a small island close to the mainland and in the 18th was connected to it. It was ruled for five centuries by Venice so both the Italian and Croatian languages are spoken in the city. During this period of occupation, walls were built around the city and the remains are standing still today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored because with every step you take you are compelled to take another photograph. Travel another 45 minutes to Porec. The Old Town is almost 2000 years old and is most famous for the Euphrasian Basilica, from 1997. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Notice the roman influence and architecture in the city as you walk through the main streets, still preserved in their original form.

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Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

4. Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Hum is situated in the center of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely welcoming to visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria including the wonderful hill towns of Motovun, Roc, and Bale. Despite the small number of residents, Hum has preserved the ritual of Election of the Prefect for a Year. All the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (Town Hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, Hum has recently become popular for Biska, which a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating in Hum. Every year, at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here and hosts brandy producers from all over Istria.  In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria, Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic, has a crown that is crenulated and dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th-century parish church. In the center square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building when it was built. Many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for finding truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus that grows underground. These white truffles of Istria, which are in season from September to December, are said to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides and Istria’s finest wines including the red Teran and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants serving konobe. The city of Labin is an old medieval town located on a 320-meter hill with the new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artists. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova, there is the Sculpture Par where International Sculptors Symposium have taken place for the past 40 years. In the summer, the old center is taken over by the Art Republic, which is a combination of music, performance, and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor, built in 1587, lead to the old town. There is also a 17th-century tower in the town offering a magnificent view. 

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Cape Kamenjak: Cave and Safari Experience by Kayak

5. Cape Kamenjak: Cave and Safari Experience by Kayak

Explore the breathtaking scenes of Cape Kamenjak on this 5-hour tour. Discover remarkable natural scenery, crystal-clear seas, and picturesque caves. You will spend a total of 2 hours kayaking and 3 hours snorkeling, swimming or relaxing. Departing from the local partner's office, paddle in your kayak to the caves of Big and Small Kolombarica. Spend some time exploring the caves using the snorkel equipment provided. Thrillseekers will have the opportunity to dive into the sea from atop a 15-meter high cliff. Afterward, reenergize with lunch and a drink at the famous Safari Bar before beginning your return journey.

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Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

6. Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

Start the trip from Port Bunarina, and sail around Fratarski Island, Little Frašker Island, and Big Frašker island. As you cruise on the open sea, enjoy the views of Banjole and the Red Cliffs. At the first stop for the day, enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. Explore the underwater world and try to spot a variety of marine species such as sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers, and colorful fish. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch onboard, with fish, meat, and vegetarian options and your choice of drinks. After lunch, continue to the second stop, Kamenjak Cave, which is a perfect spot for cliff jumping and swimming. Or, simply relax on board the boat with a few beers or glasses of wine. Finally, enjoy a panoramic view of the Porer Lighthouse before returning to port in the late afternoon.

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Cape Kamenjak: Sunset Kayak/SUP Wine Tour

7. Cape Kamenjak: Sunset Kayak/SUP Wine Tour

Take full advantage of the perfect formula for a relaxing kayak or stand-up paddle (SUP) tour: sunset, sea, and a clear sky. Paddle through Medulin Bay, along Trumbuja island to the island of Ceja in Istria. The island, generally known for its wild rabbits and clean beaches, also offers panoramic views of the entire Cape Kamenjak. Swim and enjoy the evening sun on your kayak or SUP, or explore the nearby hills of this uninhabited island. Snorkel or swim around the island before returning to the open sea, watching the sun change color and slowly set on the horizon. Enjoy the surreal scenes that unfold in this unique bay along with a glass of champagne or wine. This exceptional experience of Istrian nature, so close to Pula, is intended for everyone. Grab your camera and take stunning sunset photos or sit back with a glass of wine and take in the mesmerizing colors of the Adriatic Sea.

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Pula: Night LED Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

8. Pula: Night LED Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

The sea and coast of the Pula region are truly unique at any time of the day, but the atmosphere is even more special at night when everything is shrouded in silence and lit by the moon and stars. Throughout this activity you can get rid of any tension whilst gliding along the surface of the sea and enjoying the romantic views of sleeping sailboats. You will begin by picking up the equipment according to your height, weight, and previous experience with stand-up paddling boarding. You will then go through a 10-minute ntroduction at the SUP center where you will cover the theory of basic SUP techniques. When you have covered everything you have learned on land, you will head out on tour around the island and inside of the bay, allowing you to peek into the underwater world in a new and exciting way. All SUP boards are equipped with waterproof LED lights, which create a super cool lighting spectacle beneath them.

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Cape Kamenjak: E-Bike Cycling & Gastronomy Tour

9. Cape Kamenjak: E-Bike Cycling & Gastronomy Tour

After either gathering at the tour meeting point or availing to pickup, you'll begin your day out trying traditional dishes and experiencing enchanting views of the Adriatic Sea throughout a gastro e-bike tour. The small peninsula of Cape Kamenjak, near Pula, is about 10 kilometers long and hides sandy coves, rocky beaches, and other stunning landscapes. This protected area encompasses a magical natural wealth where you can enjoy a 16-kilometer-long bike tour. There are many orchids, of which two contain endemic varieties, as well as 530 other plant species. During your bike tour you will take small breaks which will allow you to enjoy the beautiful Istrian hidden coves, cool off in the crystal clear sea, and take some incredible photos of the unique Istrian coast so close to Pula. Last but not least, your guide will take you to an Istrian farm where you can try some of the traditional Istrian delicacies. These include local wine tastings, cheese, and olive oil, all of which come from domestic production on the farm itself. Finally, your bike tour will head to the unique Safari Bar where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.

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Pula: 1.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

10. Pula: 1.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

Receive a 10-minute introduction to stand up paddleboarding and get to grip with the basics. Then, pick up the equipment that aligns with your height, weight and experience level. Next, learn tips and tricks on how to navigate on the water from your instructor. Once you are done and feel comfortable on SUP, you will head straight into the sea and paddle towards the island and into the sunset. Your safety and confidence on the paddleboard will be ensured by your instructor. Learn to stand-up paddleboard like a pro. Follow the coastline and admire the calm open sea while the sun slowly fades towards the horizon. Take amazing sunset pictures of you during this one-of-a-kind experience. Finally, head back together to the shore.

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What people are saying about Pula

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 95 reviews

It was a really nice experience. Our guide was super nice and took a lot of photos and videos of everyone. He let everyone free in for example jumping off the cliffs. He also made sure everyone was okay with kayaking. The cave was beautiful and we had a great time!

That was a really good experience. I enjoyed every moment! The guiding was perfect. :)

Our guide Tanya was friendly, knowledgeable, and so organized. She drove safely.

Definitely recommend a tour! We enjoyed everything and had a really great time.

Awesome nature and the guide was very helpful and friendly. Thank you!