Pula, located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula of Croatia, is a small seaside town with centuries of history, which I mentioned here. In addition to visiting the Roman ruins, we also spent a bit of time wandering the markets, trying out truffle oils and the flavored brandies and slivovitz at little boutiques, farmer’s markets, and tourist shops. For the record, I thought the brandy was nasty, but Elaine liked it.
The first night in Pula, we stayed at the Park Plaza Histria, which is rated on Trip Advisor as the number one hotel in the town. Courtesy of many business trips and my hotels.com account, we stayed here for free. We got to enjoy our balcony overlooking the water that night, harbor lights, reasonable drinks in the bar, and the breakfast, included with the room, of fresh fruits, breads, juices, and chauceterie. For the second night, Elaine found a quiet sobe on a side street, on the opposite side of the cove, run by a middle-aged woman and her mother, a grandmotherly type who chatted away happily in Italian. It cost us €30 for the evening.
Sobes are guest house rooms, very popular in Croatia, that can be rented in cities, small towns, and the countryside. This night, we had a single room with the bathroom down the hall, but as Elaine and I were the only guests, this wasn’t an issue. We had a balcony, as well, and a fantastic seafood restaurant less than a block away. When we weren’t partaking of the earned credits from hotels.com, we stayed in a variety of sobes.
In addition to ruins and truffles, we spent time wandering up and down the streets of the little town, with frequent stops for coffee, wine, or snacks, as the mood took us. And lots of bottles of honey, truffle and olive oils to carry home! Enjoy the view.
- Visiting the Ruins in Pula, Croatia (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Pula, as far south as our travels will take us – Pula Croatia, Croatia (travelpod.com)
- Finding Vrh in Croatia (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Crazy about Croatia (sejalinvenice.wordpress.com)