The new marina is located on the historical site, in the sheltered and important Croatian harbor next to the Roman Amphitheater
The new marina, Sv. Katarina Monumenti, located in port of Pula, is the first new marina to open in Istria in 15 years. Once it is up and running, the marina will provide 400 sea and 42 dry berths as well as a wealth of amenities including office premises for charter operators. A 5-star hotel will be built next to the marina, along with the dry marina and a state-of-the-art service center. The location is ideal because port of Pula is one of the biggest Croatian ports and well protected from adverse weather conditions. The location is promising for charter operators due to the interesting Istrian coastline, vicinity of the Brijuni Islands, Slovenia and Italy.
It might also be the starting point for journeys or multi-day cruises since the distance from Pula to the waters of Lošinj is around 40 NM, and just 50 NM from the northern part of the Middle Adriatic most popular within boaters. Pula has very good flight connections and Istria in general has a good road network what makes them accessible to travellers from the neighbouring countries.
The design phase of the marina and the hotel was very complex because they are located on the site that is listed in the Register of Cultural property. The central part of the marina is located on the islet of Sv. Katarina and is connected to the Monumenti peninsula by a bridge. The construction will be performed in three stages and the total value of the project is 66 million Croatian kuna. The repair of the 150m long bridge began two years ago and in the past months, the work on the second stage of the project has been quite intense. At this moment, the construction works include future reception, toilets, cafes and bars, restaurants, shops, charter operators and such.
The waterfronts on the island are being renewed, the coastal wall on the northern part of the marina that will accommodate 5 pontoons provided by Marintek from Šibenik is also under construction. The second stage is planned to be finished in spring next year and Pula will then have new 262 berths on pontoons and along the waterfront. The third stage will follow upon the completion of phase two.