If you enjoy getting out into nature when you’re on holiday, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore the picturesque Brijuni National Park, Pula on your trip to Croatia. Keep reading to find out more about this beautiful place and find out how to get there.
What to do in Brijuni National Park
Brijuni National Park is one of the best-loved of Croatia’s national parks. Situated off the coast of the the popular city of Pula on the south-west of the Istrian peninsula, so quite easy to reach if you are going to take a Venice-Pula ferry, it’s a group of fourteen small islands – two larger ones called Veli Brijun and Mali Brijun, and twelve islets. Covered with pine and olive trees, the islands are celebrated for their natural beauty, and they’ve long been a popular holiday resort.
There are some interesting things to look out for in the park, including over 200 dinosaur footprints, and you can take an archaeological tour of the park to explore the area’s wealth of history in more depth. You might enjoy a ramble down the Path of Good Vibrations, a scenic route that’s perfect for a relaxing walk taking in some of the park’s most beautiful spots. Free bike rental is included in your ticket if you’d prefer to explore by cycling. If you’d prefer to get involved in some sports, you’ll be able to play golf, tennis, badminton or bocce while you’re in Brijuni – just get tickets at the Brijuni Tourist Service in Fažana. If you’re into snorkelling, the Brijuni islands are one of the best places to snorkel in Croatia. They offer a fascinating combination of interesting marine life and ancient Roman ruins to explore, and rare pen and date shells are among the wealth of sea creatures you might spot when you head beneath the waves. This video gives a great insight into what a trip to Brijuni National Park is like.
How to get to Brijuni National Park, Pula
Brijuni National Park is an all-year-round destination. It takes around fifteen minutes by boat from Fažana to reach the islands, and the ferry runs to and from the islands eleven times a day during the summer. The best way to enjoy the park is to book yourself onto an official excursion, which gets you to and from the islands and you’re free to join a guided tour should you wish (you pay the same price whether you join the tour or not, and you can stay in the park once the tour is over). Try to book at least a day in advance at the office in Fažana.
These tours are by tourist train and take in a few of the park’s highlights, including exploring the ruins of a Roman villa, a safari park home to all kinds of exotic animals, a 1,600 year old olive tree and a 13th century church. Find out more about excursions and accommodation, and learn more about Brijuni National Park on its website.