Brijuni National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • The old city center at the marina area.
    The old city center at the marina area.
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  • Great views at the boats n the marina area.
    Great views at the boats n the marina...
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  • Harbour of Fazana.
    Harbour of Fazana.
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    Fazana – Finding the real Fazana?

    by Jerelis Written Feb 16, 2015

    During our second visit it was clear to us that we wanted to see the other part of town besides the marina area. To do this we can honestly state that the best way to explore Fazana is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 15 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys and see some amazing close-built houses, instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we knew where to go and not like most of the tourists only visited the main sights. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. The old city center of Fazana is simply a perfect place to walk for half an hour and pretending to know where you are.

    It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the touristic area. We ended up at the square with it amazing Church of our Lady of Mount Carmel, a well hidden gem. This little church was built in the 14th century probably on the foundations of an older one from the 9th century. We had a good look at the traces of frescoes from the 15th century. The funny thing about Fazana is that whatever street you walk into, you will always end up at the marina anyway.

    Church of our Lady of Mount Carmel. Frescoes inside Church of our Lady of Mount Carmel Beautiful backstreets. On our way to Fazana. Keep your head up!
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    Fazana – Don’t rush your visit.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 16, 2015

    Although Fazana is quite small, don’t have the idea that you must rush Fazana on a budget. Via this way you will end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. My idea for seeing Fazana properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Fazana we saw on a city map that the city of Fazana is divided into three areas - the historical old town at the marina, the area close to the marina and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city several times, every time we hiked our way through one of the areas.

    Most people only visit Fazana, because they want to go to the Brijuni National Park. At the marina of Fazana the boat departs to the beautiful islands. Therefore most visitors only have a look at the old an ancient marina area when the are passing through. Perhaps at the end of the day a few people will stay for a nice meal at the restaurants, but hat is about it. Our hike at the marina harbour was fun. We visited the Parish Church of SS Cosman and Damian and saw some splendid town residences and chapter houses which were worthy of a closer look. Besides that we walked our way up to the jetty, where most of the boats were situated. It is great to walk all the way op the jetty and feel the wind and smell the salt of the sea. It rewarded us with an amazing view at the skyline of Fazana. The real Fazana?

    Central square of Fazana by night. Beautiful facades down town Fazana. The children at the jetty of Fazana. Leaving by boat to Brijuni National Park. Some nice dancing at Fazana.
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    Fazana – Worth a visit.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 16, 2015

    Once we visit a village we always love to loose ourselves in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes. During such a hike we always follow the streets that wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After such a stroll we reward ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that this is not quite the case in Fazana for one simple reason; it is too small for this. But still you won´t do justice to Fazana whenever you won´t visit other parts than just the main square and the marina. So ... do meander, because there are a few sights in the backstreets around the main square. These are truly beautiful and worth a visit.

    When strolling through the heart of the city, one can literally sense its history. The few lanes of the old town, which lies directly at the foot of the Parish Church of SS Cosman and Damian, communicate the feeling of past ages. Splendid town residences and chapter houses are worthy of a closer look, as are some of the more beautiful facades are hidden discretely behind the square. We also ended up at another small square with lively hustle and bustle. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Fazana might be difficult, but in really distances are very short. Enjoy!

    The old city center at the marina area. Great views at the boats n the marina area. Harbour of Fazana. The beach area near Fazana. We travelled by submarine :)
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    Pula – More than 3000 years of history.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 22, 2014

    Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola, name given to Pula by the old Romans, has been writing its history for 3000 years. The city built at the end of a beautiful bay and on seven hills reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient city wall. The compact town of Pula is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Pula is Istria, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an important city of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the 1st century Amphitheater, numerous churches, a Forum, the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi, an Austro Hungarian designed park and the defensive walls underneath the castle reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Pula is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 35 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Pula is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

    The daily market of Pula. Sam is having a refreshment. The castle of Pula. View at the small Roman theatre. Sam in front of the old city walls.
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    Pula – Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 22, 2014

    Most people try to rush Pula on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Pula properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Pula we saw on a city map that the city of Pula is divided into three areas - the historical old town, the area around the harbour and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city several times, every time we hiked our way through one of the areas.

    Our hikes were in the old town where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several hours. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Riva where we parked the car, made our way to the amazing amphitheater and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Forum at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Pula is the place to get hopelessly lost for half a day. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the castle of Pula, the green, fish and meat market situated at the beginning of the Flanaticka Ulica, mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Pula?

    A local is feeding the birds. The museum under the Roman amphitheatre. The cathedral of Pula. Amazing facades to admire. The Twin Gates.
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    Pula – Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 22, 2014

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Pula old town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our strawl we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of Pula whenever you won´t visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main square or the dominating amphitheater are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.

    There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Roman house floor mosaic way back in the Ul. Benediktinske Opatije and for example the Chapel of St. Maria Formas at the end of the street called Maksimijanova Ul. Via the street of Ul. Sergijevaca, with its beautiful Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, we ended up at the central square called the Forum, which is probably the most important square of Pula. It lead to a great viewing point at the ancient Temple of August, where we could also get great views at the Communal Palace. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Pula might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

    Inside the dominating Roman amphitheater. Beautiful Roman house floor mosaic. Ancient Temple of August at the Forum. View at the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi. Chapel of St. Maria Formas.
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    Paunovi

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    Paunovi slobodno šecu otokom, ali ih je nemoguce snimiti sasvim izbliza. Ovaj par na slici uocio sam u casu kada sam došao snimiti spomenik s prethodne slike.
    Koliko god da djeluju pitomo kada se promatraju iz pristojne daljine, toliko su nepovjerljivi kada im se približi i odmah bježe u gustiš.

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    Ostaci rimske vile

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    Turisticki vlakic ce projuriti pokraj ostataka rezidencijalne rimske vile koja se nalazi u zaljevu Verige, a vodic ce vas tek ovlaš obavijestiti o postojanju iste uz nekoliko vrlo šturih podataka. Cini se kao smo prošli pokraj omraženog turskog groblja.
    Nerazumljivo je i apsolutno neprihvatljivo da takva lokacija nije programirana kao vrhunac obilaska otoka. Doista pateticno.

    Zaljev Verige
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    abandoned bestiaries

    by picek Updated Jun 15, 2011

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    Artificial cemented coves are now for long time abandoned and wild plants are growing there since the bears left the scene and there are no visitors to that former ZOO from 1930'ies or so built to impress exclusive guests of Brijuni.

    Well, you can still go there as the rock on the backdrop is overgrown with variety of trees typical for Mediterran and that makes it for a vivid curtain, but most people will just pass these places when taking a visit to greenhouse or pheasantry.

    fine backgrounds of lone ex-bear cove
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    taking refuge by the swamp

    by picek Written Apr 29, 2011

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    One may notice a presence of a swamp by the pine alley: loud singing of frogs behind the trees inevitably associate with water and land of a different kind, inhabited by freshwater flora and fauna. Here is a quiet and dark world of humidity and thriving wildlife - especially during the spring.
    It has become a shallow pond from a wetland during mayor landscape works on an island - max depth is 2,5 m, naturally filled with rain water and one of the two fish species feeds on mosquito larvaes. Birds see this place of significant importance on their long travels.

    Find it at the end of pine alley next to tennis fields. It's only 100 m from ancient olive tree.

    wet and humidity to associate with
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    Što je ovo?

    by croisbeauty Written Aug 26, 2003

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    Vodic vas takodjer nece upozoriti na ovaj prolaz koji se nalazi neposredno iza crkve svetoga Germana. Nema podataka o tome što taj prolaz predstavlja i kakva mu je bila namjena.
    U prolazu se nalazi spomen ploca (da li nadgrobna?) bivšeg vlasnika otoka, koju prikazujem na slijedecoj slici.

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