Tour of Pula's Veruda District, Pula (Self Guided)

Veruda is a very beautiful area of Pula. It is rich in tourist attractions, but it is most popular for its white-sand beaches and bays. After you've enjoyed lounging at the beach, be sure to visit the Naval Park, the Naval Cemetery and the Church of Our Lady of the Sea. Take this tour to explore Pula's fascinating Veruda District.
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Tour of Pula's Veruda District Map

Guide Name: Tour of Pula's Veruda District
Guide Location: Croatia » Pula (See other walking tours in Pula)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: Cathy
Fort Casoni Vecchi

1) Fort Casoni Vecchi

Fort Casoni Vecchi, also called Fort Monteparadiso, is located on Belvedere Hill. It was constructed in 1853 to protect the city from potential assaults from the sea. During WWII, Fort Casoni Vecchi suffered several attacks and after was largely neglected. Today it is a popular tourist site.
Veruda Market

2) Veruda Market

Veruda Market is an indoor market built in 1903 by Lodovico Rizzi and Lodovico Münz. A sculpture of a woman shopping has stood inside the marketplace since 1900. Here you can buy a great variety of food and drinks. The market is best known for its fresh fish, as Pula is located on the sea. The market also has cafes and restaurants, so you can take a break from shopping.
Mate Parlov Sport Center

3) Mate Parlov Sport Center

The Mate Parlov Sport Center was built in 1978 and later reconstructed in 2003. It has a stadium for handball and basketball, bowling lanes and other sporting venues. After a strenuous workout, you can enjoy the center's bar and sauna. The center is also used for fairs, tournaments and other activities.
Naval Park

4) Naval Park

The Naval Park was established in 1863 and is the oldest park in Pula. The total area of the park is approximately 12,000 square meters. A statue of Archduke Maximilianis stood in the park from 1876 until 1919, when it was moved to Venice. The Naval Park has a variety of exotic and rare species of plants and trees, including sequoia and pine.
Church of Our Lady of the Sea

5) Church of Our Lady of the Sea (must see)

The Church of Our Lady of the Sea, also called the Naval Church, was built in the nineteenth century. The architecture of the building is a combination of Neo-Byzantine and Neo-Romantic styles. The church was built using white Istrian stones. Both the exterior and the interior of the Church of Our Lady of the Sea are rich in decorations. It is one of the top attractions in Pula. Next to the church there is a 28-meter-high bell tower.
Naval Cemetery

6) Naval Cemetery (must see)

The Naval Cemetery was established in 1862 and today covers 22,000 square meters. The cemetery was renovated in 1990. It contains the graves of many famous soldiers and national heroes. The Naval Cemetery is under the protection of the Hague Convention. There are approximately 150,000 graves at the site. It is a peaceful and beautiful place, and locals and visitors often like to stroll through the cemetery.
Valkane Beach

7) Valkane Beach

Valkane Beach has some rocky parts and some areas of white sand. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag, meaning it meets strict environmental standards. There are special places at the beach for people with disabilities. There is also a special area for children and people who don't swim. There are many bars and restaurants along the beach to enjoy.
Bay of Gortan

8) Bay of Gortan

The Bay of Gortan is very popular with both tourists and locals. The sea is very clean here, and the view is quite picturesque. The sand on the beach is white, and the bay is surrounded by trees, which provide shade during the day.

Walking Tours in Pula, Croatia

Create Your Own Walk in Pula

Create Your Own Walk in Pula

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pula is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Tour of Pula

Nightlife Tour of Pula

Pula has a vibrant nightlife, and prices are lower her than in the surrounding cities. Because Pula is on the sea, there are a number of bars and discos you can visit to enjoy the beautiful view and refreshing sea breeze. Take this tour to check out Pula's best bars, nightclubs and discos.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Pula Shopping Tour

Pula Shopping Tour

Pula is a town with a rich culinary and cultural history. Visit the city's most popular markets to find everything from truffles and olive oil to honey and lavender. Scour the stores for beautiful hand-crafted souvenirs. Take this tour to visit the most notable markets and stores in Pula.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Daily Life Tour of Pula

Daily Life Tour of Pula

Pula is a very attractive city and has many interesting historical and modern landmarks to visit and admire. The markets of Pula are especially worth a visit, due to their lively and colorful atmosphere. Barbara's Restaurant is a great place to take a break and try some traditional Croatian food. Take this tour to get a sense of life in the town of Pula.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The historic city of Pula - renowned for its beaches and Roman ruins - enjoys strategic location in a secluded harbor on the Adriatic coast of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. In the course of centuries, Pula has survived numerous invasions – first by The Romans, then Venetians, and finally by the Allied Forces during World War II – all of which have left their mark on the face of the city. The...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Pula for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Pula has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Pula, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.