Activities

Bicycling

Author: Marko Vrdoljak
A paradise journey guaranteed – that is how we could describe the promise of the Park to those who decide to take the BicikliRAJ na Brijunima, paradise cycling trail on Brijuni. Slightly over 13 kilometers of the trail lead through exhibition areas, the golf course, various facilities, the Safari Park and Ethno Park, archaeological sites, forests, rocky coast and the coves. It would be hard to find a more diverse cycling trail in terms of attractions. The trail is asphalted, and accessible even to those without much cycling experience. 

BicikliRAJ na Brijunima

The visitor program BicikliRAJ na Brijunima, or Paradise Cycling on Brijuni, is available in April, May, October and November. The program includes an entrance ticket to the National Park and bike rental (for four hours) on the island of Veliki Brijun. 

The tour around the island starts from the port of Veliki Brijun. After a short ride along the sea, we turn left. We pass next to the building that once housed a steam bath, and that is now home to three exhibitions: photo exhibition Josip Broz Tito on Brijuni, exhibition Memories of an Old Austrian and the natural history collection. We pass next to the facilities Jurina and Franina, and continue across the bridge to a unique golf course - one of the first golf courses in Europe. It is quite likely that we will encounter groups of axis deer, fallow deer and mouflon on the meadows and hills of the island along the way. They are part of the identity of Brijuni, and the entire visitor experience.
The road leads us to the Zoo. The Safari Park is home to exotic herbivores: the Indian elephant Lanka, llamas, zebras, zebus and ostriches. The Ethno Park includes an Istrian family farm with autochthonous animal species: boškarin cattle of Istria, Istrian pramenka sheep, donkeys and goats.
We continue our ride further through the forest landscape along the western part of the island. We pass next to the early Christian basilica of St. Mary, continuing down a mild slope to the Byzantine Kastrum, the richest archaeological site on the island. Continuing southwards, along the Saline ornithological reserve, a majestic nesting area with native and migrating bird species, we proceed onwards all the way to the cape of Peneda.
Our ride continues northwards, as we cycle along a wonderful rocky coast, until we reach a location that represents the starting point of the educational trail Zelenikovac, a loop walking trail. Cycling further through the forest and the fields, we enter the cove of Verige with the remains of the temple of Venus and a splendid villa rustica from the 1st century A.D. To our right, we can have a look at the Educational Underwater Trail. We continue along the coast to a nice beach in the cove of Saluga, where we can take a swim. Continuing further through the forest to the end of the trail in the main port, we finish the cycling route at the same point where we embarked on our journey.
Due to limited traffic on the island, the trail is particularly suitable for families with children and recreational cyclists. The tour includes wonderful landscapes, natural values and cultural and historical sites of the Brijuni National Park.

Trail length: 13,3 km

Elevation difference: 125 m

Recommended time of year for visit: April, May, October, November

Bicycle rental possibilities: Available; bike rental is included in the price of the program.

Trail type: Asphalt

Note: The price of the program is 170 HRK in April, May and October , and 125 HRK in November. Prior arrangement is necessary. Contact for arrangement and information: izleti@np-brijuni.hr;  phone 00385 (0)52 525 882 or 00385 (0)52 525 883. 

Boat trips and rentals

Author: Marko Vrdoljak
Boat tours around the Brijuni Islands or to the city of Pula can be organized for groups of visitors. A speedboat can also be rented by visitors arriving outside of operating hours covered by regular boat transfer. Visitors arriving by own vessels must report to the reception desk. Navigation in Park waters is permitted only for hotel guests and day excursionists, and restricted to entering and mooring in the Veliki Brijun port, and anchoring in the cove of St. Nicholas on Mali Brijun.

Boat trips and rentals

If you arrive when there are no regular boat transfers, or you wish to come to the island in a quick and attractive way, you can rent the Park speedboat based on the official price list. The speedboat can also be rented for a tour of the archipelago for smaller groups. 
For larger groups, a larger boat with the crew is available for tours of Brijuni and Park sightseeing, as well as for excursions to Pula, Rovinj or another chosen destination, also based on the official price list.

Instructions for boaters

The archipelago of Brijuni is a well-known nautical attraction, and the cove of St. Nicolas on the island of Mali Brijun is a new destination.  Mali Brijun, with the surface of approx. 100 hectares, was once part of the island of Veliki Brijun. Today, the two islands are separated by the Tisnac canal, 120 meters wide and two to three meters deep. The low coast of Mali Brijun is packed with pebble beaches and pleasant coves.
• Guests coming to Brijuni by their own vessel must report to the hotel reception desk. There are electrical outlets and water hook-ups in the port. 
• Navigation in the Brijuni National Park waters is permitted for hotel guests and day excursionists solely for the purpose of entering and mooring in the port of Veliki Brijun, or anchoring in the cove of St. Nicolas on the island of Mali Brijun. Navigation and stopping in other areas of Park waters are not permitted. 
• Guests are not permitted to bring their own bicycles and other vehicles to the island. 
• Release of waste is prohibited in the port and in the entire zone of Park waters. 
• Visitors are offered the following Park services: excursions, tennis, golf, bicycles, golf carts and restaurant services. Concierge Service Staff will ensure a pleasant stay in the Park.
• Mooring fee in the Brijuni National Park is free of charge for every fifth day of stay. 

Diving

Author: Goran Šafarek
Three diving locations are available: Sveti Jerolim, Peneda and Grunj. Each is special, and Peneda is one of the most attractive spots in the waters of Brijuni. At the depth of mere six meters, there is a plateau diving deep into the sea, revealing why this area is protected. Sights of schools of fish, corals and sponges are a reward to those who decide to dive into these waters. Diving is possible only through certified diving centers that cooperate with the Brijuni National Park.

Diving site Sv. Jerolim

The site is located around the southwestern tip of the island of Sv. Jerolim. Diving takes place along a wall with three ravines up to 27 meters deep. The site abounds with algae, cnidarian species and shells; other species in the area include European conger, red scorpionfish, common two-banded seabream, octopus and crustaceans. Abundance of colorful species around the rocks provide wonderful photo opportunities for divers.

Protected species in Park waters include the noble pen shell and date mussel, as well as the branching sponge and golf ball sponge.

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Diving in Brijuni National Park is available through certified diving centers in Fažana and Pula. Contact info is available in the Park.

Diving site Peneda

The site is located along the southeastern coast of cape Peneda, and it is one of the most attractive diving sites in Park waters.  At the depth of 6 meters, there is a plateau receding in steps to 28 meters below sea level with recesses in the seafloor. Already after the first several minutes of diving, it becomes clear how well-protected the site is, given the large schools of fish frequently present in the area, and the abundance of life characteristic for Brijuni.

 Deeper habitats are inhabited by precoraligenic and coraligenic communities, with green and red algae as the foundation, coupled with a number of sponges, polychaetes, tunicates, moss animals and other organisms. When it comes to coral groups, sunset cup coral and cushion coral are particularly frequent.

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Diving in Brijuni National Park is available through certified diving centers in Fažana and Pula. Contact info is available in the Park.

Diving site Grunj

The site is located along the western coast of the island of Grunj, almost right along the western border of Brijuni waters. Fish fauna is what makes the submarine world of Brijuni so extraordinary and different from all other areas of the northern Adriatic, as divers that decide to explore the site will see first-hand. 

Particularly prominent fish species in the area include common two-banded seabream, white seabream, European conger, gilt-head bream, common dentex, red scorpionfish, salema and brown meagre. 

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Diving in Brijuni National Park is available through certified diving centers in Fažana and Pula. Contact info is available in the Park.

Educational trails

Author: Renco Kosinožić
The Brijuni archipelago is the only National Park with an underwater educational trail that can also be experienced by audio guidance, replacing the standard information panels about attractions usually found on land-based educational trails. The trail Stone Stories of Brijuni speaks of the stone building heritage and quarries. Finally, the Zelenikovac trail on the island bearing the same name teaches the visitors about vegetation and geological and paleontological phenomena on the island.

Educational walking trail Stone Stories of Brijuni

The trail starts from the main port in the cove of sv. Mikula towards the northern side of the island, the cape of Glavina. It passes next to abandoned quarries and waste stone, all the way to the quarry at cape Glavina and the unfinished Austro-Hungarian  battery Femina with subterranean facilities for manpower and ammunition. The concrete part of the underground tunnel (approx. 150 meters long) is adapted for visits and safe. 

Tour of the tunnel is possible with compulsory use of protection helmet and handheld or helmet flashlight. The trail is equipped with signposts, litter baskets and benches for rest. There are several quarries on the way to the Femina battery, where visitors can get acquainted with the stone extraction techniques, but also obtain a wealth of interesting historical data on the stone of Brijuni. The stone was used in the archipelago as construction material since ancient history until the mid-20th century. On Glavina cape, there is a quarry with many preserved facilities - including the remains of buildings, tunnels, tracks and trolleys for stone transport.

Trail length: 2,5 km

Duration: 90 min

Recommended time of year for visit: March, April, May, June, September, October, November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest trail

Number of interpretation panels: 15

Note: Compulsory prior arrangement and info at: izleti@np-brijuni.hr, phone 00385 (0)52 525 882 or 00385 (0)52 525 883.

Educational Underwater Trail

Educational Underwater Trail in the cove of Verige on the eastern side of Veliki Brijun provides a unique experience of natural and archaeological values inherent in the amazingly diverse and conserved submarine world of the Brijuni National Park. The trail, approx. 500 meters long, is not demanding, and it is intended for visitors of all age groups who can swim and use diving mask and snorkel. 

The tour takes 45 minutes and includes swimming and underwater sightseeing at small depths with an audio guide and educational panels at key points of interest. The trail includes the presentation of extraordinarily valuable sites accessible only by diving in the sea, such as the well-known hydroarchaeological locality - part of the splendid Roman villa complex from the 1st century A.D. that has ended up submerged due to the rising sea level. Numerous populations of fish species, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, algae, sea sponges, crustaceans and shellfish can also be seen. Particularly worth mentioning is the noble pen shell, a rare and strictly protected endemic Mediterranean species.

In addition to visual perception, the audio experience in the sea also adds uniqueness to the trail. By using special snorkel with an inbuilt receiver, visitors can listen to expert guidance provided from land as they explore the submerged sites. Information is transmitted by radio waves, and the sound is then further transmitted by vibration and bone conduction. The audio guide is available in Croatian, Italian, English and German, and it includes music background.

Having in mind the need to protect the flora and fauna of the submarine world, and the need to prevent any danger to marine life and hydroarchaeological sites, educational underwater trail tours are only done in small groups. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors are provided with the required diving gear (mask and snorkel); underwater photo cameras can be rented.

Trail length: 0,5 km

Duration: 45 min

Recommended time of year for visit: Mid-April to mid-October

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Underwater trail

Number of interpretation panels: 6

Note: Compulsory prior arrangement and info at: izleti@np-brijuni.hr, phone 00385 (0)52 525 882 or 00385 (0)52 525 883.

Educational walking trail Zelenikovac

Zelenikovac educational trail consists of a range of educational panels placed on the peninsula of Zelenikovac, which gave the trail its name. The tour provides the opportunity to see vapnenice, places where lime was produced from limestone; visitors can also learn about the vegetation of Brijuni and various geological and paleontolological phenomena, such as, for example, ripple marks, bone breccia and dinosaur footprints. There are around sixty dinosaur footprints, between 112 and 100 million years old, and it is assumed that they belong to carnivores from the family of Coelurosauria. 

Fossilized shells of the Nerinea gastropod can also be seen in limestone, approximately from the same period. The peninsula of Zelenikovac represents a genuine treasure trove of geological and paleontological phenomena from the Lower Cretaceous period. 

Fossilized Nerinea gastropod shells
Some towering gastropod shells, usually 3 to 4 centimeters high and 10 to 13 millimeters in diameter, are completely preserved, and some are partly preserved in sections. They stem from the Lower Cretaceous period (the Albian), and are approx 100 million years old.

Ripple marks
This phenomenon is a sedimentological structure arising from the energy of sea waves and currents during the Lower Cretaceous geological era, approximately 100 million years ago. Such lithified seafloor sediments point to areas that were once shallow seas.

Bone breccia
Bone breccia resulted from tectonic shifts within Lower Cretaceous (Albian) limestone formations during the Quaternary period, roughly several tens of thousands of years ago (in Upper Pleistocene). Mammal bone fragments are visible within breccia fragments, which gave rise to the concept of bone breccia.

Trail length: 1 km

Duration: 30 min

Recommended time of year for visit: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest trail

Number of interpretation panels: 25

Note: Compulsory prior arrangement and info at: izleti@np-brijuni.hr, phone 00385 (0)52 525 882 or 00385 (0)52 525 883.

Schools in nature

There are no bells ringing in the schools of Brijuni; one learns by experience instead. Feeding the animals in the Zoo, getting acquainted with ancient history by following the trails of dinosaurs, viewing wild animals face-to-face, diving into the submarine world – all that is part of a special school program that lets everyone get excellent grades, while learning a lot about the importance of nature and biodiversity protection.

On the dinosaur trail

Tour of dinosaur footprints and a dinosaur sculpture on the localities of Barban/Vrbanj and Ploče cape, coupled with the walk along the Zelenikovac educational trail. Visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with ancient history of the area, various geological phenomena, valuable paleontological remains and part of the abundant autochthonous flora and fauna of Brijuni. 

Participants thus get the opportunity to turn into little paleontologists, learning about the processes and geological phenomena that resulted in the preservation of over 200 dinosaur footprints in the area of the Park. As they explore the footprints and way of life of the dinosaurs of Brijuni, participants can also make comparisons with the reptiles of our time.
Educational games:
Search for dinosaur remains
Jigsaw puzzle – the dinosaurs of Brijuni
Quiz or creative workshop

Target age group: Kindergarten and elementary school

Duration: 4 hrs

Recommended time of year for visit: April to June

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Mediterranean plant world

Learning about the Mediterranean plant species and forest system, program participants can experience the beauty and uniqueness of the forest and macchia of Brijuni with all their senses, learning about the importance of nature protection and protected areas for the conservation of rare species and habitats.

Educational games:
Forest life
Find your tree
Forest treasure hunt
Recognize a species

Target age group: Kindergarten and elementary school

Duration: 4 hrs

Recommended time of year for visit: September and October

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Sea coast

Learning about marine life along the coast and adaptation that enables life in constantly changing habitat conditions, program participants have the opportunity to become directly acquainted with the importance of nature conservation and protection, and with the impact that long-term nature protection in a given area plays in the richness of life.

Educational games:
Recognize an organism
Marine treasure hunt
Tranquil life in a stressful environment
Create your species

Target age group: Kindergarten and elementary school

Duration: 4 hrs

Recommended time of year for visit: April to June

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Feeding the animals at the Zoo

Gosti imaju priliku sudjelovati u svakodnevnim poslovima hranjenja životinja u Zoološkom vrtu (Safari park), te pratiti njihove određene navike i karakteristike bez opasnosti po njih same i bez neVisitors have the opportunity to participate in daily animal feeding tasks at the Zoo (Safari Park), and to observe the habits and characteristics of animals in a safe environment, while avoiding unnecessary disturbance of animals. 

Due to limited capacities, this program can simultaneously include three persons at the most.otrebnog uznemiravanja životinja.

Target age group: Kindergarten and elementary school

Duration: 4 hrs

Recommended time of year for visit: September and October

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Photo safari

A ride through the Park in evening hours enables the participants to experience and photograph nature and wild animals of Brijuni up close. Due to limited capacities, this program can simultaneously include three persons at the most.

Target age group: Kindergarten and elementary school

Duration: 4 hrs

Recommended time of year for visit: May and June

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Small submarine school

This school in nature held in the cove of Javorika (near the locality of Saline) focuses on snorkeling as a way for participants to get acquainted with the key characteristics of the Adriatic and the submarine world of Brijuni. First-hand experience of the abudant marine world is all the more impressive due to the presence of seagrass meadows and communities of noble pen shell (Pinna nobilis), the biggest bivalve of the Mediterranean. 

Snorkeling equipment is provided.

Target age group: Kindergarten and elementary school

Duration: 4 hrs

Recommended time of year for visit: September

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Introduction to Brijuni plants

Tour of the Brijuni Garden with expert guidance. Learning about the autochthonous and allochthonous species cultivated in the Garden, visitors obtain information about the values of the vegetation of Brijuni and get acquainted with its characteristic features and importance.

Target age group: All age groups

Duration: Adjusted to the interest and available time of visitors

Recommended time of year for visit: April to July

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Guided tours

A truly perfect day – that is how visitors frequently describe the Veliki Brijun tour, which includes boat transfer to Brijuni and a tourist train ride, enabling the visitors to encounter fallow deer, mouflons, zebras and other exotic and domestic animals, and to see dinosaur footprints and the famous olive tree of Brijuni 1600 years old. One also gets to learn about the key historical figures that marked the archipelago - from Paul Kupelwieser and Robert Koch to Josip Broz Tito.

Brijuni Archaeology Pearls

The tour includes expert guidance through key archaeological sites, where visitors are acquainted with the rich history of Brijuni spanning diverse cultural and historical periods, ranging from ancient history to Classical antiquity, Late Antiquity and Byzantine and Venetian periods.

The tour includes a visit to the longest-inhabited and richest archaeological site on Brijuni – the Byzantine Kastrum – and the nearby basilica of St. Mary, the oldest Christian site on the island. It continues with the tour of the hill fort from the Bronze Age and a splendid Roman residential villa from the 1st century A.D. in the cove of Verige. The tour concludes with a visit to the church of St. Germain from the 15th century, containing part of the original mosaic from the Roman villa in the cove of Verige.

The Roman villa in the cove of Verige is part of the Roman Emperors' Route, certified by the Council of Europe and the European Institute of Cultural Routes. The route, 3500 kilometers long, passes through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania with the aim of promoting archaeological tourism. It includes twenty archaeological sites important for the period of the Roman Empire and connected with the lives of seventeen Roman emperors.

The tour includes a ride with the tourist train to the Byzantine Kastrum and the basilica of St. Mary. Following a visit to these sites, the tourist train takes the visitors to the hill fort. The tour continues on foot, with a visit to the hill fort and the Roman villa in the cove of Verige, followed by the return to the center. After a break, the tour ends with a visit to the church of St. Germain.

Duration: 4 hrs

Note: Archaeological tour requires footwear suitable for hard terrain and head protection; visitors should take drinking water or beverages with them.

Good fitness level is desirable.
The minimum number of visitors per excursion is 15 persons. From the beginning of November to the end of March, excursions are organized upon request, in consultation with staff of the Excursion Tourism Service.

Sv. Jerolim

The program includes the possibility of individual and group visits, with day-long stay and swimming. Putting to shore and navigation in Park waters around the island are permitted for shallow-draft vessels, subject to the payment of a fee according to the current price list. Vessels for transfer of visitors to the island of Sv. Jerolim, owned by legal entities and individuals, may put to shore without prior notice subject to the payment of a fee to the authorized person of the Brijuni National Park Public Institution directly on the island.

Duration: Tour duration for individual visitors is based on personal preference; tour duration for groups is based on the program of the boat operator with concession for tourist excursions.

Recommended time of year for visit: Summer

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: From the beginning of November to the end of March, excursions are organized upon request, in consultation with staff of the Excursion Tourism Service.

Kozada (Kotež)

The program includes day-long stay and swimming for visitors. Putting to shore at the island is permitted for shallow-draft vessels without prior arrangement and without fee payment.

Duration:

Tour duration for individual visitors is based on personal preference; tour duration for groups is based on the program of the boat operator with concession for tourist excursions.

Recommended time of year for visit: Summer

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: From the beginning of November to the end of March, excursions are organized upon request, in consultation with staff of the Excursion Tourism Service.

Veliki Brijun

Guided tours of Veliki Brijun are provided in Croatian, Italian, German, Russian and English.

The program includes the following: transfer by boat from the port of Fažana to the central port of the Veliki Brijun island; gathering of the group at Trg prijateljstva (Friendship Square); informing the visitors on the program and the tour itself; tour of the island by tourist train lasting approximately one hour; informing the visitors about the rich history and life of the archipelago, since the times of the biggest terrestrial reptiles 120 million years ago until the present day.
The beauty of pristine nature with centuries-old forests of holm oak, forests of bay laurel and Mediterranean macchia merges harmoniously with park forests designed by human hand. Autochthonous vegetation, extraordinarily well preserved Mediterranean macchia, meadows with fallow deer, axis deer and mouflon, are all part of the landscape of Brijuni and the excursion program.
The tour includes a passage through the golf course that used to be one of the biggest golf courses in Europe; passage through the Safari Park with zebras, Somali sheep, zebus, Arabian camels and Lanka the elephant all living in harmony; the cove of Verige that once impressed even the Roman emperors with its beauty and functionality. An old olive tree can also be seen during the tour, providing precious fruit for almost sixteen hundred years as it witnesses the history of Brijuni. 
What follows is a half-hour rest at the Školjka café - a chance to take some refreshment and check out the souvenirs.
After the break, the tour continues with a visit to the church of St. Germain from the 15th century, with copies of medieval frescoes and Glagolitic inscriptions, and the original black-and-white Roman mosaic from the cove of Verige.
The photo exhibition Josip Broz Tito on Brijuni provides insight into a recent era of the country's history, while the exhibition dedicated to the last private owner of the island, Paul Kupelwieser, provides insight into the island as a fashionable resort, enjoyed in its beauty by the European aristocracy towards the beginning of the 20th century.
As a sign of gratitude and desire to preserve memory for future generations, a memorial plaque to Dr. Robert Koch, the doctor who made the archipelago heal, was carved in stone in the nearby quarry. The program also includes a visit to the Brijuni Mediterranean Garden, a landscape attraction of the Park. Established in 2007 in the area of the former forest nursery, the Garden covers the surface of 17,000 square meters.
Today, the Brijuni Garden is home to 169 autochthonous and exotic plant species in specially designed plots, marked by labels with QR codes that provide additional information about individual plants.
The program ends with the boarding of the group to the transfer boat to Fažana.

Duration: 4 hrs

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities:  Accessible

Note: Excursions must be announced and reserved by phone 00385 (0)52 525 883 or 00385 (0)52 525 882, by e-mail izleti@np-brijuni.hr, or at the Brijuni National Park office in Fažana. From the beginning of November to the end of March, excursions are organized upon request, in consultation with staff of the Excursion Tourism Service.

Accommodation and catering

Author: Marko Vrdoljak
Catering facilities and accommodation give their best to provide visitors with the sort of pleasure that Paul Kupelwieser envisaged for guests in this place marked by relaxed leisure and joy. Speaking of joy, cuisine is certainly one area where it can be found, including many seafood dishes and chosen Istrian wine on offer. Tastes and smells are very much in line with the ambience, intertwined in a potent mix so typical of the archipelago, where nature coexists with all the luxury one can wish for.

Hotel Istra with the annex Neptun

The hotel is located on the sea shore in the central port of the island of Veliki Brijun. It has 96 accommodation units on three floors, out of which 73 double rooms, 4 single rooms and 19 suites.

Rooms are equipped with satellite TV, minibar, direct phone line and a bathroom with a bathtub. Most rooms have balconies with sea view. Spacious suites have large balconies with sea view, bathroom, bedroom and living area.

The hotel includes medical assistance facility and a souvenir shop with a diverse offer of Brijuni souvenirs.

Guests can use guarded parking area in Fažana during their stay in Park accommodation.

Important information:

Open from 15 April to 15 October

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 807

Rooms to let - Karmen

The hotel is located on the sea shore in the central port of the island of Veliki Brijun, in the immediate vicinity of the Istra/Neptun hotel.         
 
The hotel has 54 accommodation units on three floors, out of which 24 single rooms with balcony and 30 double rooms (18 with balcony). All double rooms have bathrooms with bathtub and hair dryer, and they are equipped with direct phone line. Single rooms have bathrooms with shower and hair dryer, and they are equipped with direct phone line.           
The hotel is located on the sea shore in the central port of the island of Veliki Brijun, in the immediate vicinity of the Istra/Neptun hotel. 

The hotel has 54 accommodation units on three floors, out of which 24 single rooms with balcony and 30 double rooms (18 with balcony). All double rooms have bathrooms with bathtub and hair dryer, and they are equipped with direct phone line. Single rooms have bathrooms with shower and hair dryer, and they are equipped with direct phone line.  

Important information:

Open from 15 April to 15 October

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 807

Villa - Lovorka 5*

The villa was renovated in 2010. It consists of two bungalow facilities equipped for accommodating 6 persons. One facility includes a kitchen and a spa zone, and the other includes 3 double rooms (with double beds), bathrooms, living area and a studio. Spacious terrace in front of the villa is also suitable for barbecuing. 

Important information:

Upon request

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 807

Note: 

Four-star and five-star villas are located in the southeastern part of the Veliki Brijun island, in the bay of Lovorika. Surrounded by rich, well-conserved Mediterranean vegetation and located in the immediate vicinity of the sea, the villas are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and direct phone line.

Maid is available to guests during their stay for 7 hours per day. Possibility to order lunch or dinner, served in the villa itself or on the terrace next to the sea, with rich offer of meat, game or seafood dishes.

Vila - Primorka 4*

The villa is located in the park shared with villa Dubravka, and it can accommodate 8 persons. It consists of 4 bedrooms (with double beds), 2 bathrooms with large bathtubs, lounge, kitchen, large dining room and a spacious terrace with sea view.

Important information:

Upon request

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 807

Note: 

Four-star and five-star villas are located in the southeastern part of the Veliki Brijun island, in the bay of Lovorika. Surrounded by rich, well-conserved Mediterranean vegetation and located in the immediate vicinity of the sea, the villas are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and direct phone line.

Maid is available to guests during their stay for 7 hours per day. Possibility to order lunch or dinner, served in the villa itself or on the terrace next to the sea, with rich offer of meat, game or seafood dishes.

Vila - Dubravka 4*

The villa is suitable for accommodating 4 persons. The ground floor consists of the living room and kitchen; bathroom with a large bathtub and two bedrooms (with double beds) are located upstairs.

Important information:

Upon request

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 807

Note: 

Four-star and five-star villas are located in the southeastern part of the Veliki Brijun island, in the bay of Lovorika. Surrounded by rich, well-conserved Mediterranean vegetation and located in the immediate vicinity of the sea, the villas are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and direct phone line.

Maid is available to guests during their stay for 7 hours per day. Possibility to order lunch or dinner, served in the villa itself or on the terrace next to the sea, with rich offer of meat, game or seafood dishes.

A la carte restaurant - Galija

Galija is a renowned restaurant that can seat 70 persons in its enclosed part and 30 persons on the terrace. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the central pier. The restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with a wide selection of fish and meat dishes, and fresh pastries made by excellent chefs.

Important information:

Open from 1 July to 1 September

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 861

 

Restaurant - Neptun

Neptun restaurant can seat 140 persons. In addition to serving hotel guests, it also offers a la carteservices and special event services (birthdays, weddings, etc.), with a rich offer of served and/or buffet menus.

Important information:

Open from 15 April to 15 October

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 861

 

Bistro - Plaža

Plaža bistro is located right next to the sea shore, and it can seat 130 persons. In addition to providing a wonderful view towards the Istrian peninsula from the shadow of centuries-old pines, it offers fresh fish and meat dishes. The menu is tailored to provide light, high-quality food in the summer months, coupled with the selection of well-known Istrian wines.

Important information:

Open from 15 June to 15 September

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 861

 

Café bar - Školjka

Školjka café, located between the church of St. Germain and the Venetian citadel Kaštel, offers fresh sandwiches and Brijuni cakes. It primarily caters to day excursionists.

Important information:

Opening hours are adjusted to excursions and time of arrival of announced visitor groups.

Contact:

00385 (0)52 525 891

 

Attractions

Ciprovac Belvedere

Ciprovac Belvedere is the best-preserved of the three Kupelwieser’s belvederes, presented at many exhibitions due to its superb design. They were made around 1900 in the Vitkovice ironworks, where Paul Kupelwieser had worked prior to coming to Brijuni. The belvedere used to be the dominant tourist attraction of the area, before ending up overgrown by forest. Another preserved belvedere is located on the hill of Saluga, above the main beach of Brijuni.

The belvederes of Brijuni are unique examples of architectural engineering.

Note:

The attraction can be visited by hotel guests, or as part of excursion program.

Čufar’s quarry

Aiming to express their gratitude to the major contribution provided by their valuable collaborator in the development of Brijuni, the grateful Kupelwieser family erected a bronze memorial plaque to Alojz Čufar, long-term director of Brijuni, in 1909.

The work of the Secession artist J. Engelhart bears the following inscription: DANKBARER ERINNERUNG AN GUTSDIREKTOR ALOIS ZUFFAR DEN TREVESTEN MITARBEITER AN DER ENTWICKLUNG BRIONIS AD 1894–1907 DIE FAMILIE KUPELWIESER (In grateful memory of the director of the property, a loyal collaborator who contributed to the development of Brijuni 1894-1907; the Kupelwieser family).

Note:

The attraction can be visited by hotel guests, or as part of excursion program.

Exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic inscriptions of Istria and Kvarner

The Gothic church of St. Germain was built in 1481. It was dedicated to a brave citizen of Pula who dared to complain to the city administrator because of intolerance against the Christians towards the end of the 3rd century, and who was sentenced to death as a result. The feast day of this martyr is May 30.

The church was once decorated with frescoes from the Gothic period; however, the entire inventory was damaged by fire towards the end of the 19th century. The church was renovated in 1911, when a black and white mosaic from the Roman villa in the bay of Verige was used in the renovation of its flooring. The following year, a sacristy was added, in the form of a typical Istrian chapel with lopica, an atrium with the walls that incorporate stone fragments of the past of Brijuni.

Since 1958, the church houses the exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic inscriptions from Istria and Kvarner, as an excellent example of the medieval cultural heritage of the area. Frescoes from Beram, Hum, Rakotule and Lovran can all be seen on the site, together with key stone inscriptions written in the Glagolitic script.

Note:

Tour of the church of St. Germain and exhibitions in the church are covered by the standard Veli Brijun program. The church is open for arranged visits.

Roman villa in Verige Cove

Author: Renco Kosinožić

The magnificent Roman villa is located on the western coast of Brijuni, in the cove of Verige. It achieved its greatest splendor in the 1st century A.D., and some parts of the villa were in use until the 6th century. It consisted of several buildings for various purposes, built on carefully chosen locations in various parts of the cove.

The southern side included residential and farm facilities with two peristyles. Constituent parts of the complex, situated at the end of the cove, were the temple of the sea god Neptune, Capitoline Triad, and the temple of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. Dieta, palestra, thermae and fishpond were located on the northern side of the cove. All the buildings of the complex were connected into a comprehensive whole by an intriguing system of open and closed promenades extending for one kilometer along the sea, creating a complex in ideal harmony with the landscape.

The waterfront of the complex was made from large stone blocks; today, it lies approximately one meter below sea level. Access to the port was controlled by verige, a chain that connected the opposite shores and that gave the cove its name.

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Covered by the standard Veli Brijun program.

Tito’s Cadillac

Tito’s Cadillac from 1953 can be seen in front of the museum building, which houses two exhibitions connected with the period of Tito’s stay in the archipelago – photo exhibition Josip Broz Tito on Brijuni and the Natural History Collection.

Note:

Available for announced visitor groups, and when the weather permits.

Sport and recreation

There are many ways to get acquainted with Brijuni. A classical excursion, for example, includes a one-hour tourist train ride. However, visitors should also consider renting a bike, golf cart or a Segway and taking off along many paths of the archipelago, enjoying the unique nature and fresh air. Such an experience of diverse flora, fauna and history of Brijuni is bound to turn into an unforgettable memory of the Park. Bikes, golf carts and Segways can be rented per hour, or for an entire day. In addition, children’s bikes are also available, enabling entire families to enjoy their time together. Availability of these services depends on the opening times of hotels, which are open from Easter until the end of October. During this period, these means of transportation can be rented throughout the day.

Sport lovers can also enjoy golf and tennis on the archipelago.

It is only on Brijuni that one can enjoy playing golf in the company of deer, mouflon, rabbits, peacocks and other animals in the Park, while practicing putting on the green... Those who wish to enjoy a completely new experience of playing golf should definitely mark the golf course of Brijuni as their next destination. Golf on Brijuni is played on a unique golf course from 1922, one of the biggest and most beautiful golf courses of its time.

Tennis has a long history on Brijuni as well. Nowadays, it is played on two courts in the shadow of centuries-old stone pines. A pleasant climate makes it possible to play tennis almost throughout the year.

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