Brijuni National Park Travel Guide

  • Dutch queen Juliana pays a visit to Tito.
    Dutch queen Juliana pays a visit to...
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  • Remains of Roman times.
    Remains of Roman times.
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  • Arriving at Brijuni by boat.
    Arriving at Brijuni by boat.
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Brijuni National Park Things to Do

  • Going around – What to see.

    Notwithstanding the latter, the island(s) are steeped in history and there is much more to see than just the official tour. Worth considering the best hotel for a couple of days chilling out in the off season months. There is even a rather tatty 18 hole golf course which was famous pre-1939 - with sandy grit "greens". we walked our way to the...

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  • Going around – Rent some transport.

    Admission to the island (200 Kuna in July) is by regular ferry from Fazana (guided tour of museum and wildlife park included). Mid-morning onwards there are large groups of school children making the trip but once away from the tour area you can lose yourself in the island by walks or renting bicycles next to one of three hotels. The guided tour is...

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  • Going around – A linetary.

    Brijuni Islands - If you are in the area and have a day to spare you should visit these islands. It is a National Park and access is realistically limited to the main Brujini Island (Veli Brijuni). This is a must do if you are looking for a piece of Yugoslavia nostalgia (Tito era) but also for some real peace and quiet. The boat trip from Fazana to...

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  • St. Germain Church – Frescoes / Roman...

    The St. Germain Church was decorated with Gothic frescoes but the entire inventory was damaged in a fire at the end of the 19th century. It was renovated in 1911 when a black and white mosaic from the Roman villa in Verige Bay was built in its floor. The following year the sacristy was added in the shape of a typical Istrian chapel with atrium -...

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  • St. Germain Church – Lighting a candle.

    Although we were quite late when we first arrived at the St. Germain Church we were still allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our late arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists left. Either the bus / coach had already left or everybody was drinking a beer in the pubs. Whenever we visit a cathedral the kids always want to burn a...

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  • St. Germain Church – Built in 1481.

    When we were on the Brijuni island we always had the idea that we walked around at yet unexplored and sometimes inaccessible monuments from all ages. This from the early periods of the pre-Roman Istria until the 16th century. And we tried to discover it all! When we first arrived at the island we took a train tour that took us within an hour all...

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  • Roman times – Roman quarries.

    The Romans initially settled in the Brijuni because of its valuable quarries, transporting the stone back to Italy for buildings and works of art. By train we passed the Roman quarries and were able to have a quick look at. I was pleased that later on we were able to explore the Roman quarries by foot.I did hike around for quite some time and I...

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  • Roman times – Villa Rustica.

    We travelled by train over the island of Brijuni. On the eastern coast of Brijuni, along the picturesque Verige Bay, we were able to explore the ruins of a once magnificent Roman Villa Rustica. The guide told us that it was the largest in Istria its construction began in the first century B.C.. We drove past the remains and it was very difficult to...

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  • Roman times – History at the island.

    As with much else nearby, the history of the Brijuni islands really starts in Roman times. Evidence of this is apparent by several Roman remnants on the island. For example the ruins of Roman villas on the islands – they were used for summer getaways for rich Romans back in the day. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the islands were ruled by...

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Brijuni National Park Restaurants

  • Simple and cheap.

    This tiny shop is the only spot at the Brijuni Island to have something to eat or drink without having to go to the huge hotel chains on the island. We arrived at the island around 10 o’clock and after the train tour we arrived back here around lunch time. Time for us to have a look at all the options. It was clear … this small restaurant was the...

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  • Hotel "Neptun"

    Da se razumijemo, i ovdje su cijene poprilicno visoke ali je zato podvorba vrhunska. Naruceno pice je rashlaðeno, ambijent perfektan pa nemaš razloga kukati na cijenu. Sjediš tako u dubokoj hladovini s prekrasnim pogledom na lucicu u kojoj je "gust" promet raznolikih brodica i guštaš u nepomucenom miru.

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  • Kafic "uzdravlje"

    Nakon što obavite "quick-tour" s brijunskim cugom, vodic ce vas istovariti u ovom kaficu gdje ce vam, ako ne budete oprezni, lagano derati kožu. Jedna štrudla. k tome još mrzla, košta 12 kuna što je više nego bezobrazno. Takodjer, ilustracije radi, "Ledo" sladoledi koštaju za 60% više nego li na kopnu. Sladoled koji inace stoji 10 kuna, ovdje se...

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Brijuni National Park Transportation

  • Guided tour by foot.

    After the train tour we had about 30 minutes for a nice lunch. After the lunch we continued the guided tour by foot. Our first stop was the Tito Museum, where I thought the displays were fascinating. They had various personal items belonging to Tito and the whole place brimmed with photos of him meeting world leaders and movie stars. The world...

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  • Guided tour by train.

    The boat trip from Fazana to the Veli Brijuni island is about 3,5 kilometers long and takes approximately 30 minutes. Once at the island we took the Brijuni National Park Tour and this begins at the harbour in front of the Hotel Neptun. It is quite simple, you will be able to choose a guide in English, Italian, German or Croatian. And the language...

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  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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Brijuni National Park Local Customs

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Croatia is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Croatia with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main...

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  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Ožujsko, refreshing when ice cold.

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...

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Brijuni National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out how to go!

    First of all let me start with a warning. Do watch out where you buy your tickets to the Brijuni National Park! We stayed in Fazana for two weeks and visited the charming fishing village numerous times. We already had our mind set on going to the Brijuni Islands and every time we passed the marina of Fazana at least three sales men on the streets...

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  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Brijuni National Park Tourist Traps

  • Safari Park – Facing the disappointment.

    But anyway, we were very disappointed, but let me still tell something about the Safari Park, which lies on the northern edge of the island. It is an enclosed area that stretches over 9 hectares and was formed in 1978. The park is the inhabitant of some exotic animals. We saw and Indian elephant, South American camel, zebras, ostriches, and an...

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  • Safari Park – Imported animals.

    The Brijuni are comprised of two larger and twelve smaller islands. The mild Mediterranean climate, a very good mix of sunny days and pleasant air temperature were favorable for the growth of hundreds of plant varieties, but also completing a Safari Park. Many animals we saw at the Safari Park were imported to Brijuni such as the Nilgau antelopes...

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  • Safari Park – Part of the guided train...

    The National Park of Brijuni is consisted of 14 islands. Lenght of coastal line of these islands is 46,8 km. Largest island is Veliki Brijun (Large Brijuni) and that was also the island which we visited. The island has succeeded in preserving a clean environment and balanced space. We visited the Brijuni Islands via a guided tour with an English...

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Brijuni National Park What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • pack this!!!!!!!!

    As little as possible. You will be doing lotsa walking around the island - if you want, that is. comfy shoes to walk around... and BATHING SUIT!!As you can see, the beaches are beautiful...and it is sooo peaceful. It's like the "Blue Lagoon" or "the Beach".... gorgeous, with noone around ...just high trees and ruins.... hmmm...nah of...

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Brijuni National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Fazana – Finding the real Fazana?

    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...

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  • Fazana – Don’t rush your visit.

    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...

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  • Fazana – Worth a visit.

    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...

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Brijuni National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    strokes of a golf game

    by picek Updated Apr 30, 2011

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    There are some people who come to Brijuni just to play a golf. Not being golfer myself, but in this case I thought how beautiful spots they have for the golf fields and they play it next to free roaming deer! First golf courses on Brijuni were designed in 1922 and since then, it's consider one of the nicest grounds in Croatia and yes, one can only agree with it.
    Lots of landscaping had been done, especially removing lime rocks from the surface and clearing the forest. Reconstruction works were done by some of the world's most famous golf architects.

    Equipment: Well you know what you need to play golf. And with that equipment (either yours or rented one)... the small 'golf' car comes very useful to cover the distances, without it - the game would be considered premodern to some observants (and maybe that's the real thing!).

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Brijuni National Park Favorites

  • Malaria

    In 1893 the Brijuni islands were bought by the Austrian industrialist Paul Kupelwieser who in the years before first big war had transformed the desolate islands into one of the most fashionable and attractive summer resorts. As a strat he totally wiped out malaria with the aid of the renowned German physician and Nobel prize winner Robert Koch.He...

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  • Map

    The group of Brijuni islands consists of two larger islands called Big and Little Brijuni and 12 islets: Vanga, Jerolim, Kozada, Gaz, Vrsar, Galija, Madona, Okrugljak, grunj, Supin, Supinic and St Mark. There are only 3 kilometers distant from the mainland separated by the wide Fažana canal. The islands are situated almost at the very northwestern...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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Mediterranean Garden – Go your own way.
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Mediterranean Garden – Too much info.
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Mediterranean Garden – Part of guided foot tour.
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Tito Museum – The Yugoslav president.
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Tito Museum – Interesting museum.
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Tito Museum – Tito’s summer retreat.
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Pula – More than 3000 years of history.
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Pula – Game plan strategy.
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Pula – Take time to meander.
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Paunovi
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Ostaci rimske vile
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Byzantine castrum
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Brod
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Rent a bike
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Rent a car
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Kuca na vodi
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Kako doci na Brijune
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Byzantine castrum
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Byzantine castrum
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Byzantine castrum
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abandoned bestiaries
Off The Beaten Path
replicas of works in St. German
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ruins of Byznatine castrum
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monument to a Nobel man in a quarry
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permanent exhibition 'Tito on Brijuni'
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see safari of Brijuni and footprint of dino!
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in the thick shade
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an olive tree really old
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better don't become too hungry here
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'seeing' Brioni by the tourist train
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ruins of St. Mary church of 5th century
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bike to feel the best of the island
Transportation
to get to Brijuni 'by yourself'
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taking refuge by the swamp
Off The Beaten Path
Što je ovo?
Off The Beaten Path
Tito's Museum
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The Roman period
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Don't....
Warnings and Dangers
NO HUNTING!!!
Local Customs
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