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Best things to do in Pula and Rijeka
With its amphitheatre and other Roman relics, the port of Pula, at the southern tip of the peninsula, is Istria’s largest city and a good starting point for further exploration.
Top 3 experiences in Pula
ARENA - Pula’s fascinating Roman amphitheatre is one of the most preserved in the world. Erected in the 1st century, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome, it was primarily used for gladiator fights in front of 20,000 spectators.
PULA AQUARIUM - With a dramatic location inside the Austro-Hungarian fortress Verudela, Pula’s Aquarium is the largest in Croatia. The centerpiece of the attraction is the shark tank, located in the former atrium of the fortress.
AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN FORTRESSES - During the Austro-Hungarian era, Pula was the Empire’s main naval port, and you can still explore 26 forts or fortifications and many batteries, trenches and tunnels. You can get a map of these installations and track them down on a walking trip.
Rijeka’s geographical position in the Kvarner bay led to the development of the Port of Rijeka, Croatia’s biggest and most important commercial port and one of the key elements in the industrial growth of the city.
Top 3 experiences in Rijeka
KORZO - When in Rijeka, you need to at least enjoy a coffee on one of the terraces of numerous and picturesque cafés lined along this unusual promenade. It is the most picturesque street in the city and one of the most popular meeting places of Rijeka’s locals.
THE TRSAT CASTLE - Trsat Castle is one of the oldest fortifications on the Croatian coast that has preserved the features of the early medieval town construction. The plateau of the castle offers a magnificent view of the whole area of Rijeka's Old City.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM RIJEKA - Located in a grand 19th-century villa, this museum is devoted to the geology, botany and sea life of the Adriatic area. You can enjoy rich collections representing minerals, marine invertebrates, sharks and rays and amphibians from the Rijeka area.
Ferry connections to Croatian islands
Another great thing in both towns is that they also offer many ferry connections to Croatians islands.
The catamaran port in Pula offers a connection Zadar, Silba, Ilovik, Mali Lošinj, Unije and Pula. The line was re-introduced last year and is managed by the Split-based company Catamaran Line, which uses the Bisovo catamaran that can transport 325 passengers at once.
2The catamaran port in Pula offers a connection Zadar, Silba, Ilovik, Mali Lošinj, Unije and Pula.
Pula to Mali Lošinj: HRK 80
Pula to Mali Lošinj - season: HRK 100
Mali Lošinj to Zadar - season: HRK 80
Mali LoŠinj to Zadar - season: HRK 100
Pula to Zadar - season: HRK 180
Pula to Zadar - season: HRK 200
You can buy tickets online on the Catamaran Line website or at the port.
Rijeka is considered the largest Croatian port, although it does not have many passenger lines. The Rijeka Ferry Terminal lies in the very center of the city, only about 350 m from the main promenade and all interesting city sights. The Jadrolinija shipping company offers ferry and catamaran ferry services with connections to the islands of Krk, Cres, Pag, Rab, Mali Lošinj, Unije, Vele Srakan and Susak.
3The Jadrolinija shipping company offers connections to the islands of Krk, Cres, Pag, Rab, Mali Lošinj, Unije, Vele Srakan and Susak
Valbiska (Krk) – Merag (Cres) - schedule / prices off season / prices in high season
Brestova – Porozina (Cres) - schedule / prices off season / prices in high season
Prizna – Žigljen (Pag) - schedule / prices off season / prices in high season
Valbiska (Krk) – Lopar (Rab) - schedule / prices off season / prices in high season
Mali Lošinj – Vele Srakane – Unije – Susak -– Mali Lošinj - schedule
9309 Rijeka – Rab – Novalja (Rab) - schedule / prices
9308 Rijeka – Cres – Martinšćica – Unije – Susak – Ilovik – Mali Lošinj - timetable / prices
You can buy tickets at the agency:
Rijeka lukobran bb, 51000 Rijeka
tel. +385 51 21 14 44
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