Spelled either Brijuni or Brioni, these 14 beautiful cypress-covered Adriatic islands, 10 mi/16 km northwest of Pula, are a national park. Only two of the islands (Mali Brijun and Veliki Brijun) can be visited by tourists, and then only by organized tour or if you are staying at one of the resorts located there.
During the period of the former Yugoslavia, the Brijuni Islands were Prime Minister Joseph Broz Tito's main summer residence, and many world leaders visited the national park. Historic attractions include extensive Roman ruins. Mali Brijun is great for snorkeling and bicycle riding, and Veliki Brijun was once a favorite spot for Austro-Hungarian monarchs.
One day on the islands is sufficient if you're just curious, but we suggest three nights if you want to relax. To get there, contact the national park's office for more details about available sightseeing tours. Phone 052-525-807. http://www.brijuni.hr.
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