The Brijuni archipelago lies off Istria west coast, just north of Pula. It comprises 14 islands and islets, the largest ones being Veliki Brijun and Mali Brijun. Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park. While most of the islands are off-limits to the public, there is so much to see and do on the largest two, you are unlikely to feel hard done by.
Veliki Brijun is the largest of the islands and contains the vast majority of its treasures. There is a golf course, a bird sanctuary, botanic gardens, zoo and safari park, three museums and archaeological Roman sites. The oldest remains of human habitation date back to 3.000 BC. Mali Brijun is known for its Fort Brioni Minor, which is the largest fortification on the Adriatic coast, as well as for the Ulysses Theater which represents a jewel of Croatian art and gathers theatre lovers each summer.
Stepping onto the Veliki Brijun, you are following the steps of the Marshall Tito, Haile Selassie, Queen Elizabeth II, JFK, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton…
You can enjoy VIP dining at the site of Roman ruins, and a visit to the Ulysses Theatre, if you wish.
Take a VIP Guided Tour and explore the islands.
Your VIP guide will take you with electric cars through rich historic, cultural, natural, and geological and paleontological heritage of the Brijuni Islands. On the Veliki Brijun Island, there is only one restaurant Galija, which reminds us of the former communist regime and the time when Tito`s Cadillac was quite a new car. To travel back in time, you can take a ride in Tito’s Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, only with the driver. The Cadillac is in excellent condition, original dark green color and originally preserved parts are the dream of every collector of vintage cars. Besides Tito, numerous presidents and prime ministers, as well as actors and artists enjoyed the relaxed ride.
The ride is followed by the lunch in Verige Bay’s former magnificent Roman villa rustica, and extra virgin olive oil tasting of the most rewarded olive oils in Croatia and beyond.
The Chiavalon family started producing olive oil in 1997. Until then, they cultivated only 50 olive trees, about 300 to 400 years old. Today, they have 7.500 olive trees at the estate, mostly autochthonous olive sorts. The entire production is under certified ecological supervision. Tedi Chiavalon is extremely proud to say that their extra virgin olive oil bears the Organic Label, as well as the Protected Designation of Origin, which both guarantee and ensure that this is certified 100% organic extra virgin olive oil from Istria.