In mid’ June we returned to Croatia for another sailing trip. This would be our fourth; two before out of Dubrovnik exploring the islands to the north of the wall town, and one exploring the islands south of Split. We really enjoy Croatia for sailing, one of the best areas in the Med in our opinion, for number of reasons. Great weather, warm-enough waters, friendly people, short distances between really interesting places, the price, and the variety of ports and boats and companies to choose from.
For this trip we decided to explore the most northern coastline of Croatia known as the Istrian Peninsula, with our good friends Jack and Yvonne, who we’ve done most of our Med sailing trips with.
We landed in Pula from Venice, taking the catamaran ferry over to the Croatian coast. We arrived a few days early to explore Pula, and also give enough time to stock up on provisions. Our goals was breakfast and lunch on board, with more evenings out on the town, unless at anchor.
Pula has been around for a long time, as can be confirmed by the large, elliptical Roman amphitheater situated in the heart of the town. It is one of the largest the Romans ever constructed, and remains in good condition to this day. Pula was a major naval base for Habsburgs and and also when it was part of Yugoslavia. And today it remains an active port. But all that takes up most of the shoreline, so what most interesting to see is behind Pula’s waterfront. It is the largest town on peninsula, but not as interesting or charming as other towns such as Porec or Rovinj, we thought.