Brijuni or Brioni are a group of twelve small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Faana Strait. The islands comprise three main islands: Veli Brijun (Big Brijun), Mali Brijun (Small Brijun) and Vanga as well as several islets and reefs.Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park.
Due to its favourable geographic position and low terrain, Brijuni Islands are known for their mild climate and rich Mediterranean vegetation. The archipelago has been inhabited since Roman and Byzantine times, and the ruins of Roman villas as well as numerous remains of other buildings and decorative mosaics speak of the attraction of the archipelago. National Park Brijuni includes the surrounding sea with exceptionally preserved sea fauna.
Things to See & Do
* Neolithic settlement
* Illyrian ruins
* Archaeological Museum and Natural history exhibit
* Safari on Brijun
* Veli Brijun - island
Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Kuna (HRK)
Language - Croatian
Land Area - 8 km²
Population - approx.
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code - + 385
Port Location - The port of Pula cruise terminal is located Custom at quay Rijeka, near the amphitheatre in the downtown area of Pula.
Travel Links - The Brijuni islands stretch along the south-west coast of the Istrian peninsula; they are separated from the Istrian mainland by the Fazana Channel which is 3 kilometers wide.
The islands are situated 7 kilometers from Pula (a road, rail, air and maritime centre) near Fazana which is the terminal for the frequent connections by boat (15 minute ride).
Buses run from Trieste in Italy, Zagreb and other major cities to Pula in the centre of Istria.
Ryanair provides a connection London (Stansted) to Pula three days a week, and Dublin Pula also. Scandjet connects Pula to Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm once a week (on Saturdays) during the summer.
Trains run daily between Ljubljana in Slovenia and Pula, and from Rijeka to Ljubljana. Unfortunately due to historical accident, the two train lines do not meet up despite some works having been commenced on a rail tunnel to link the two short distances.