On Verudela peninsula, 4km (2 1/2 miles) south of the city center, the town aquarium is housed in Fort Verudela, built by the Austrians in 1881. Appealing to children and adults alike, the fort’s cool stone chambers hold huge tanks containing various species of fish, complete with rocks, algae, and seaweed. Separate small tanks accommodate other sea creatures such as octopuses and sea horses. The entire exhibition is well laid out, with informative explanations in Croatian and English. There’s also a Marine Turtle Rescue Center—injured turtles are released back into the sea as soon as they’re healed. The easiest way to reach the aquarium is to take bus 2a from Pula’s main bus station.