National Park Brioni (Brijuni), Travel Guide for holidays in National Park Brioni, Istria
National Park Brioni – Points of interests
The unhappy angels gathered the pieces of Heaven remaining among the scattered rocks and protected them by the sea waves and that how Brijuni was created. The Brijuni archipelago extends along the south west coast of the peninsula of Istria. The islands consist of two large islands, Veli (big) Brijun and Mali (small) Brijun plus twelve other smaller islands. For travellers from all around the world, National Park Brijuni has become one of their favourite holiday destinations with its incredible beauty, and mild climate since the beginning of the 20th century. The coas of the island is mostly low and rocky, but very accessible, with a few sandy and pebble bays. The colourful islands have been attracting people since ancient times for its tranquillity and natural beauty. The islands have been populated since the Roman age, and the remains of many luxurious Roman villas prove to the fascinating beauty of the archipelago. The most significant of the remains on the islands are in the bay of Verige, part of which were found temples to the god Neptune and the goddess Venus. On the west coast of the island of Veli Brijuni, in the gulf of Dobrika, the Byzantine castles and the basilica of St. Mary are located. These ruins confirm the existence of settlements from the 16th century. The white villa on the island in Veli Brijuni was the residence of Joseph B. Tito, during his reign as presidents of Yugoslavia and there he received many public officials and delegates. As he was an animal lover, he received many as gifts from visitors from all parts of the world. Today there are more than 600 indigenous plant species, mostly Mediterranean, and in the northern part of Veli Brijun there is a safari park where there are deer, zebra, ostriches, giraffes and other animals. Golf lovers can enjoy playing and nature. By renting bicycles at the park the guests can experience the park in a different way.
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