Adventure in Pula - Day 4 (and 5)
Our final full day in Pula began with the knowledge that rain was going to change our plans for the day. The beautiful weather we had thus far experienced was replaced with a silent drizzle outside my room window. On the upside, I had a bit of a hangover from the night before, and going out on a boat was probably not the best plan for the morning. After a quick breakfast, we headed over to the neighbouring Histria hotel for a tour and a cooking demonstration of a local pasta variant called Fusi which we made from scratch by hand, kneading and stretching the dough with a pasta machine until it was see-through paper thin. We then shaped the pasta and cooked it for 5 minutes, drizzled some local olive oil over it and had it as a side with our lunch, which we had from the buffet at the Histria. The manager of the hotel showed us several of the hotel features, including a small cinema where guests can watch a movie each night, or, as on the Saturday we were there, watch a football game. There is also an indoor pool, a large spa area and a beautiful view over the water from Luna’s Bar, to which we were invited for a drink later that night before dinner.
The afternoon gave us time to rest in our rooms before heading out for an excellent dinner at a local seafood restaurant, the Ribarska Koliba. Another four-course meal, beginning with a range of local seafood specialties, thankfully though, not the lobsters swimming in the tank in the foyer. The food was unsurprisingly excellent, and thankfully in small portions, so one did not feel overly full at the end of the meal, which was of course accompanied by local olive oil and local wine.
Our night finished once again at the Shipyard pub, where we danced and drank the night away, at least until about midnight when we retired to the hotel and spent the last night chatting on my balcony enjoying the spoils of the minibars in our rooms.
The next morning, the rain had cleared, the sun had come out again and the blue sky had returned. Perfect timing for our early morning trip to the airport to return to the UK. Recommend getting some local olive oil from the little duty-free shop at the airport if you haven’t already gotten a bottle.
I was sad to leave Pula - it truly is a beautiful part of the world, and I could have stayed in the sun next to (or in) the pool all day. I have to give a very big thank-you to Harriet and Lucre for putting the trip together, and the team at Park Plaza Arena Pula for showing us an incredible time while we were there.
If you'd like to plan your own trip to Pula, here's what you need:
Park Plaza Arena Pula, Croatia
Prices from £101 (117€) per room per night, based on two people sharing a standard room with breakfast. Price inclusive of VAT. Tourist tax not included: daily 1,00 Euro per adult and 0,50 Euro per child (12-18) To book, visit: www.parkplaza.com/croatia
Leading leisure airline Jet2.com offers friendly low fares and great flight times to Pula from London Stansted Airport, with flights operating up to two times per week. Jet2.com also flies to Pula from Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester Airports.
Fares from Stansted Airport or Edinburgh to Pula with Jet2.com start at £25 one way including taxes
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