Brijuni National Park
On these 14 islands just of the west coast of the Istrian peninsula time seems to have stopped still. Thick forests, ancient oak trees, avenues of pines and cypresses, and a 1,600-year-old olive tree – all are a part of its history of nature. Rich woods of holm oak were partially cleared at the end of the 19th century in order to landscape parts of them into a park forest for a once famous and exclusive summer resort, with numerous meadows where today herds of fallow deer, axis deer and moufflon graze.
Cultural and monumental heritage is particularly intense: Roman Villae Rustica and fish ponds, remains of a Roman castrum, monuments dating from the Venetian period, the military fortification of Tegethof on Veli Brijun, and a large fortress on Mali Brijun dating from the Austro-Hungarian period, when nearby Pula was the main naval base of the monarchy. This area is also interesting during the winter when birds begin their migration.
Due to a special protection regime the surrounding submarine world abounds with numerous species of fish. Traces of dinosaur have been found on the island which, together with the neighbouring locality of Datule-Barbariga on the mainland, represents a locality of European significance. One of Croatia’s several golf courses is also here -a nine- hole course built in 1922. (photo: Milan Babić, Croatian Tourist Board)
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