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Pula, at the northern end of the Croatian coastline, is overlooked by complete Roman amphitheatre which dates from the 1st century AD but is still in regular use for concerts. Head south to the beautiful islands of the Kvarner bay and visit Cres, Losinj, Rab, and Krk. Pula is a host to the two major yacht marinas, ACI marina Pula in the center of the town and marina Veruda on the southern suburb of Pula city.
ACI marina Pula - Open: All year round
The port of Pula lies in a natural bay, in the southeastern part of the city port, well-protected by a peninsula and breakwater. The harbor can be safely approached between the breakwater head (an extension of Cape Kumpar) that is marked by a green lighthouse (Fl G 3s 9m 6M) and Cape Prostina that is marked by a red lighthouse (Fl R 3s 9m 5M). The lighthouse on Cape Kumpar can be used as a waypoint (44°53,2' N 13°47,7' E). After that one should steer towards the southern cape of Andrija Islet that is marked by a green lighthouse (Fl G 2s 7m 1M). Andrija Islet can be rounded from both the south and north. When approaching the harbor at night, the passage between Andrija Islet and Katarina Island is well marked by two pairs of red and green lighthouses. After that passage on our way to ACI marina Pula, there is another lighthouse on Uljanik Island (Fl G 5s 7m 3M), which has to be rounded before the marina comes in sight. Attention should be paid to several large iron buoys, which are randomly anchored along the described course leading to the marina. Maximum speed in the port is 8 knots.
Marina Veruda - Open: All year round
Within short distance from the lively town and near the settlement, Pjescana uvala, with its 630 berths in the sea and 180 moorings on land, offers a myriad of complete service for navigators, ranging from the supply and gastronomy offer to various services, continuously upgrading the list of services according to the wishes of our contemporary navigators. Tehnomont Marina Veruda has been awarded the "Blue Flag", the international eco-label for the environmental protection. Even Napoleon's engineers with Beautemp-Beaupresom at the head found out by drawing the coast and by measuring the water depth how favorable the position Marina Veruda has.
The islands, Veliki and Mali Fraškeri (Fraškeric) and Veruda (Fratarski otok) adornments the entrance into the port, where on the left we enjoy the view of Punta Verudela with its beaches, exclusive hotel Histria and sports- recreational facilities. Looking from our moorings, we can see Bunarina and Ribarska Koliba, the favorite meeting locations of the locals and their guests... and the hills, Zelin, Volaria and Rastovica, at our backs, fend us from all winds. We find ourselves, namely, at the place that in ancient times used to be a shield to ships. It is here, near the newly built Church of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of marines and sailors, where the anchors are dropped and weighed. From this favorable place, they sail along the western Istrian coast towards Triest and Venice. As soon as we pass by Cape Kamenjak, by greeting the 31meter high lighthouse Porer, we feel the breath of the Kvarner Gulf and of its islands, a breath which will lead our way to the Croatian Adriatic towards northern, middle and southern Dalmatia. Marina Veruda is the navigation home, the landmark, and the sign-post.
In Pula, you will enjoy excellent restaurants, and on the most beautiful stage in the world, in the Arena under the stars, during the summer you can listen to some of the most famous names from the world of music. The most renowned event is the International film festival, one of the most spectacular in Europe, which is held in the open air.
Pula, a city that has existed for three thousand years, is situated in the south of the Istrian peninsula. The town has beautiful beaches spread over nearly one hundred miles of beautiful and indented coastline. If you visit Pula, you will hear whispers about a story of mythical Argonauts, Romans, Venetians, Franks and the time of the Austrian and Hungarian Empire. The city-museum will present you with its buildings and monuments preserved from bygone times: the Arch of the Sergi, Temple of Augustus, Hercules door...
The view of the Pula region is framed by the Brijuni National Park, a gem in Istria's natural heritage. With its fourteen islands and islets of exceptional beauty, safari park, the remains of Roman villas and forts Brijuni are a wonderful blend of nature and culture.