If you’re a nature lover, missing out on Brijuni Islands would be like staying in Pula and not seeing the Arena.
Brijuni National Park, the only national park in Istria, seen from air resembles a pearl necklace dropped in the sea. The Romans who built their villas here first recognized the breath-taking beauty of these islands. This magnificent national park consists of fourteen islands and is a unique combination of nature and history and also home to about 250 bird species and around 700 plant species. Indigenous and exceptionally preserved Mediterranean flora, a 1600 years old olive tree, meadows with grazing deer, muflons and a safari park are only a glimpse of what you can experience while visiting Brijuni Islands.
To mention a few of the sights: Verige bay with the remains of a Roman villa from the first century B.C., a safari park which houses zebras, Somalian sheep, Indian oxen, camels, llamas and other animals. Other than safari animals, Brijuni also bear witness to ancient dinosaurs, which left more than 200 footprints. An archaeological museum housed in a Venetian castle from the 16th century and a small Gothic church of Saint German from the 15th century holding beautiful frescos and Glagolitic (ancient Croatian writing) inscriptions are also on the itinerary for your visit. You will also have a chance to visit „Tito on Brijuni“ exhibition. Most of the island tour takes place with a train, while a local guide takes you through the history of this national park.
Brijuni islands are only 3 km away from the small fishing village Fažana, so be sure not to miss this pearl of nature.