Visiting Brijuni Islands, a national park in Croatia

Archeological locations in Brijuni National Park
Archeological locations in Brijuni National Park

UPDATED: 6.5.2024.

Brijuni Islands National Park is a large group of islands on Istria’s western coast. The Brijuni archipelago consists of 14 islands and islets situated on the surface of 744 hectares, and Veliki Brijun and Mali Brijun are the largest ones. The Adriatic marine ecosystem is nearly completely represented within their sea and rocky shores.

Brijuni is decorated with wonderful landscape parks, meadows, pastures, Istrian vegetation, and architectural heritage. For 3 decades, it was the official residence of the former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito. Thanks to him, its natural beauty has been preserved. Not only is it one of Croatia’s most beautiful national parks, but it also serves as a holiday resort.

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Where is Brijuni National Park situated in Croatia?

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 3 kilometers wide.

Why you should visit the Brijuni Islands in Croatia

1. Stunning safari park

Many indigenous Istrian and exotic Asian, African, and South American animals freely run throughout Veliki Brijun’s gorgeous safari park. Take a walk or a ride with zebras, llamas, ostriches, peacocks, and sacred cows, and see an Indian elephant.

Many indigenous Istrian and exotic Asian, African, and South American 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.

Alley of pine trees in Brijuni
Alley of pine trees in Brijuni National Park

2. Tito’s parrot – Koki the legend

Adorable Koki is a rare example of a yellow-crested cockatoo, which Tito gave as a birthday gift to his granddaughter Saša. Koki is older than 60 and lives at Veliki Brijun. He still speaks, shakes hands, and animates visitors as a proper host!

3. Dinosaur footprints

More than 200 dinosaur footprints have been discovered on Brijuni. Footprints are located on the islands of Veliki Brijun, Vanga, Galija, and Vrsar. Visitors can take a look at the footprints on Veliki Brijun, Cape Ploče, and Cape Vrbanj.

Archeological location in Brijuni National Park
Archeological location in Brijuni National Park

4. Ancient 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 1.600 years old, and its olives are still used for olive oil production.

[Read: A day of olive picking on island Brač in Croatia]

When to visit Brijuni National Park, Croatia

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.

In summertime, you can go swimming and diving and enjoy the sun and the perfect Mediterranean climate. In July and August, you can enjoy cultural programs such as the music festival called Podium Festival and the Ulysses Theater.

Nature in Brijuni National Park
Nature in Brijuni National Park

How to visit Brijuni National Park in Croatia

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 is boats, and they do not transport cars. If you don’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. The departure schedules from Fažana to Brijuni and Brijuni to Fažana are available here.

[Read: Guide to ferry and boat travel in Croatia]

The nearest airport to Brijuni is Pula Airport, for which we wrote a guide available here. Krk Airport is also pretty close to Fažana and you can view its guide here.

How to buy tickets for Brijuni, Croatia

The ticket for Brijuni with an excursion to Veliki Brijun includes:

  • Sightseeing with a licensed guide
  • Boat trip from Fažana to Veliki Brijun and the return trip
  • Tourist train ride around the island
  • Visit to the Safari Park
  • Visit to permanent exhibition displays
  • Visit to the Mediterranean garden and the old olive tree

Online tickets can be bought here. You can also purchase tickets in person at their office in Fažana. Another option is to book tickets via email izleti@np-brijuni.hr. A group discount is available for groups consisting of 25 people or more.

The latest price list for Brijuni National Park is available here.

[Read: National parks in Croatia PLUS detailed visitor guides]

Turquoise sea in Brijuni National Park
Turquoise water in Brijuni National Park

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