Brijuni National Park is a large group of islands located on the western coast of Istria. The Brijuni archipelago consists of 14 islands and islets situated on the surface of 744 hectares. The Adriatic marine ecosystem is nearly completely represented within the sea and on the beautiful, rocky shores of Brijuni.
Veliki Brijun and Mali Brijun are the largest islands of the archipelago decorated with amazing landscape parks, meadows, pastures, Istrian vegetation, and architectural heritage.
Brijuni was the official residence of the former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito for three decades and thanks to him, the natural beauty of the Brijuni Islands has been preserved. In addition to being one of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia, Veliki and Mali Brijun serve as a holiday resorts.
Why you should visit the Brijuni Islands
A beautiful safari park
Many indigenous Istrian and exotic Asian, African and South America animals freely run throughout Veliki Brijun’s gorgeous safari park. Take a walk or a ride with zebras, llamas, ostriches, peacocks, sacred cows and even see an Indian elephant.
Tito’s parrot – Koki the legend
Adorable Koki is a rare example of yellow-crested cockatoos, which Tito gave as a birthday gift to his granddaughter Saša. He is 60 years old and lives at Veliki Brijun. Koki still speaks, shakes hands and animates visitors as a true host!
More than 200 dinosaur footprints have been discovered on Brijuni. Footprints are located at the islands of Veliki Brijun, Vanga, Galija and Vrsar. Visitors can take a look at the footprints at Veliki Brijun, on Cape Ploče and on Cape Vrbanj.
The old olive tree
One of the oldest olive trees in the Mediterranean is located on the island of Veliki Brijun. This famous olive tree is more than 1600 years old and its olives are still used for olive oil production.
How to visit Brijuni National Park
Where it is
Brijuni Islands National Park is situated in the northern Adriatic sea off the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. It is separated from the peninsula by the Fažana strait, which is only three kilometers wide.
When to go
The Brijuni Islands are a gorgeous piece of nature throughout the whole year, however the national park is easiest to reach during summer when boats and ferries are plentiful.
During the summer season, you can go swimming, diving, and enjoy the sun and a perfect Mediterranean climate. In July and August, you can enjoy the cultural programs such as the music festival called Podium Festival and the Ulysses theatre.
How to get to Brijuni Islands
To get to Brijuni National Park, you first need to travel to Fažana, a small town located on the southwest coast of Istria. The only transport to Brijuni are boats and they do not transport cars. If you didn’t take public transport to Fažana, you will have to park your car somewhere in Fažana and then take a boat to Brijuni.
The boat travels from Fažana to the island of Veliki Brijun, which takes around 20 minutes.
Boat departures to Brijuni
|Months||Fažana - Brijuni||Brijuni - Fažana|
|January to March, November to December||9:00, 11:30, 14:30, 15:30**||7:15, 11:00, 13:00, 16:00**|
|April, May, October||9:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 22:00||9:30, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 23:00|
|June to September||9:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 22:00||7:15, 9:30, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 21:00, 23:00|
* * Only on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets & Prices
The park ticket with an excursion to Veliki Brijun includes:
- sightseeing with a licensed guide
- a boat trip from Fažana to Veliki Brijun and the return trip
- a tourist train ride around the island
- a visit to the Safari Park
- a visit to permanent exhibition displays
- a visit to the Mediterranean garden and the Old Olive Tree
Online tickets can be bought here. You may also purchase tickets in person at the National Park office in Fažana. It is also possible to book tickets via email [email protected]. A group discount is available for groups consisting of 25 people or more.
Brijuni National Park 2022 price list is available here.
Visit other National Parks in Croatia
- Kornati National Park
- Krka National Park
- Mljet National Park
- Northern Velebit National Park
- Paklenica National Park
- Plitvice National Park
- Risnjak National Park
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