Renowned for its natural beauty, Brijuni National Park is a cluster of two main islands and 12 small islets dotted off the western coast of Istria. Pula and Fažana are the main launching points to reach the islands, with daily boat excursions available from both. The islands were officially awarded national park status in 1983, protecting the rare flowers and plant species found there.
Hotels near the Brijuni National Park
Accommodation on the islands is limited. Pula, a large city on Istria's southwest coast, offers an extensive range, so it’s the best option for Brijuni National Park accommodation. Choices include cheap hotels, apartments and guesthouses in the old town, within walking distance of the harbour – so it’s easy to head out and board a boat to the Brijuni Islands in the morning.
What to See and Do in Brijuni National Park
The Brijuni Islands have a history dating back some 2,000 years, but Veliki Brijun, the biggest island, is best known as the summer retreat of former Yugoslav leader President Tito. The islands are still used for official state visits and are also popular with the sailing scene, who come to race around the beautiful clear waters.
Day visitors can take a guided tour of Veliki Brijun by electric train and visit the island's safari park, which opened in 1978 as a place for President Tito to display the exotic pets given to him by world leaders. It features a curious collection of animals including llamas, zebras and an Indian elephant.
Other Attractions to Explore When Visiting the Brijuni Islands
Pula's old town is a popular haunt with the culture crowd who come for the Roman Forum, the Temple of Augustus and the impressive Pula Arena. Renowned as one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, it also hosts a variety of concerts and festivals during the summer months.
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