Brijuni archipelago are attractive group of islands near Istria Peninsula, with the main islands Veli Brijun that is Croatia National Park and open to visitors. The fact that it was visited by the elite of Austrian, Hungarian and German aristocracy when Istria was part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy speaks of its beauty and charm.
In more recent history almost every major statesman visited the islands as Brijuni were residence of late President Tito of Yugoslavia.
The islands are rich in natural beauties, flora and fauna brought here from various parts of the world. On Brijuni there is an attractive archaeological site the Byzantine castrum and luxurious Roman villa, Ethnographic collection, Collection of frescoes, Archaeological Museum and Natural history exhibit.
The Brijuni archipelago is separated from the mainland by the two-miles-wide Fazana Channel to the northwest of Pula.
The archipelago stretches over 736 hectares and forms a 30 miles long coast. It is a place where sumptuous wildlife (680 different local and exotic plants, 150 bird species, etc.) couples with a wealth of historical traces ranging from a Neolithic settlement and Illyrian ruins, to monuments dating from the Byzantine period and the Middle Ages, as well as from Austro-Hungarian architecture to a more recent time.
Brijuni Minor fortress, built in the late 19th century is the largest edifice in the defence system of the Austro-Hungarian central naval base of Pula. Stretching over 15.750 square meters, the edifice is 175 meters long and 90 meters large.
Brijuni (Fazana) Hotels:
- Hotel Neptun ★★★☆☆
“Situated right by the sea in the harbour of the island of Veliki Brijun in Fazana, Hotel Neptun offers comfortable accommodation and a variety of eating venues, all surrounded by breath-taking nature.” Prices from €64 – Number of rooms: 88 – Check Hotel Neptun, Brijuni/Fazana availability
- Villetta Phasiana ★★★☆☆
“Beautifully situated in the heart of the old fishermen village Fazana and close to the Brioni Islands National Park, Villetta Phasiana has been refurbished with rustic yet luxurious Italian furnishings.” Prices from €54 – Number of rooms: 18 – Check Villetta Phasiana, Fazana availability
- Hotel Marina ★★★☆☆
“A more than 300 years-old house on the waterfront of Fazana has now been restored and transformed into an inviting family hotel, also continuing a 30-year tradition of quality cuisine.” Prices from €75 – Number of rooms: 9 – Check Hotel Marina, Brijuni / Fazana availability
- Hotel Villa Letan ★★★★☆
“Situated near the sea, opposite to the National Park Brijuni, 12 km from Pula City Center and 15 km from Pula Airport, Villa Letan Hotel offers you all the comfort and advantages of a well-equipped hotel.” Prices from €45 – Number of rooms: 54 – Check Hotel Villa Letan, Brijuni/ Fazana availability
The National Park Brijuni – The archipelago of Brijuni is an extraordinary blend of natural, historical and cultural heritage. The mild climate and the favourable geographical conditions, deep retracted bays and easily defendable elevated fortifications, have secured a continuum in the human activity on the island from a pre-historic age until the present day.
Brijuni – ULYSSES THEATRE – Ulysses Theatre has it’s residence on Brijuni Islands. The theatre space where spiritually similar artists intertwine. It welcomes the cooperation of all those broadening aesthetical and spiritual horizons.
Tourist Information for the Brijuni Islands:
The Brijuni Tourist office (tel 052-525 883) is in Fazana, and sells tickets to the park which include the boat and guided tour.