Brijuni National park
Brijuni National Park is known outside of Croatia by the Italian name of Brioni.
It is an archipelago of 14 islands, the two largest Mali Brijuni (Small Brijuni) and Veliki Brijuni (Large Brijuni) can be visited.
However when we talk about the national park Brijuni we actually talk about the largest island where most of the people go to discover its vegetal species, exotic animals and its train safari.
We cannot talk about Brijuni islands and not mention Josip Broz Tito. Indeed the leader of Yougloslavia since the end of the WWII until his death in 1980 used to have his summer residence on the largest island of Brijuni. He used to host there world famous people like politician or movie stars as Sofia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor or Richard Burton.
He used to drive them around the island in his 1953 Cadillac Eldorado that he received as a gift from Croatian Canadians. You can still see it on the island. It will take you 7 euros to have your picture in front of it, or if you prefer to take an half and hour ride then be prepared to pay the price of 360 euros…
Guests visiting Tito on Brijuni island used to offer him a present coming from their own country. That’s how he created an impressive collection of plants and animals from all around the world.
The islands are protected as a national park since 1983, 3 years after the death of Tito. There are no cars on the islands. To visit Mali and Veliki Birjuni you will have to take the boat leaving from Fažana every hour – hour and a half.
Brioni Declaration from 19th of July 1956, was initiated by Josip Broz Tito as the leader of Yugoslavia, the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru. The Brioni Declaration is known as the origin of the Non-Aligned Movement.
During the Cold War, the Non-Aligned Movement aimed to protect its members from the influence of US and USSR who intented to rally the world to their cause.
Brijuni islands are a nature reserve of 700 plant species and 250 bird species.
You will see many animals that were brought to Brijuni as a gift from people visiting Tito. Two elephants were offered by Indira Gandhi.
In terms of flora we find a typical Mediterranean vegetation. Apart of Mediterranean plant species we find as well on Brijuni islands allochthonous species, i.e. species that were imported.
The price of the entrance to the park (210 kn about 28 euros) includes a 4 hours tour around the island.
In this excursion you will visit the island Veliki Brijuni by tourist train, a ‘safari‘ that will allow you to discover the animals of the island: zebra, Somali sheep, zebu (the holy east Indian humped ox), dromedary, llama and elephant.
The tour also includes a visit to the remains of a Roman villa from the first century, a visit to the Church of St. Germain with permanent exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic writings from Istria.
To reach the Brijuni national park you have to take the boat from the town of Fažana situated 10 km from Pula.
During the summer departures to the island Veliki Brijuni are about every hours from 6.45 am to 9.45 pm, and returns from 07.15 am to 11.00 pm.
The crossing takes 15 minutes.
More information about boat schedule to Brijuni.
In July and August the price of the entrance to national park Brijuni is 210 kn (€ 28) per adult, 105 kn (14 €) for children of 4-14 years.
This price includes transportation by boat from Fažana to Veliki Brijuni island and the ‘Safari’ tour described before. The price remains the same either you participate or not to the tour.
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