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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