Brijuni archipelago

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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to the Brijuni Islands.

Brijuni archipelago
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Brijuni Islands,
Veli Brijun harbour
Brijuni Islands

The Brijuni (or Brioni) Islands are a group of two small islands and 12 tiny islets on the west coast of the peninsula of Istria in Croatia, three miles NW of the large port of Pula. The islands are separated from the mainland by the narrow Fažana Strait. An exclusive beach resort in the 19th century during the period of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the archipelago was subsequently appropriated as a summer residence by President Tito after the establishment of the Republic of Yugoslavia in 1945. In addition to most of the world’s heads of state, visitors to the islands during the post-war period included royal celebrities and film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. After the death of Tito in 1980, the islands became a national park and exclusive holiday resort. The islands now host a conference centre, four hotels and a small safari park as well as still hosting the occasional state visit. The two largest islands, Veli Brijun and Mali Brijun, can be visited by yacht, but charges are deliberately kept astronomically high to deter all but the wealthiest or most committed of yachting visitors. A more economical way to visit the islands is on a day excursion from Fažana - typical cost (2011) per person from 210 kuna (high season) to 125 kuna (low season) - which includes a guided three-hour tour of the main island on a mini tourist train. Day trip boats also visit from Pula, but usually just tour round the islands rather than landing.

National Park Brijuni

Phone: +385 984 90792
Email: brijuni@brijuni.hr
Web: http://www.brijuni.hr/en/navigation

Charts

British Admiralty
201
204
Croatian charts
100-15
100-16
11
Italian charts
924
39
6002
Imray Nautical
Chart M24

Weather

Sources for Weather forecasts: For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

Numerous smaller islets around the archipelago, but visiting is prohibited.

Berthing

Veli Brijun harbour

Laid moorings, water and electricity, toilets and showers (for prices see External links).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

Mali Brijun anchorage

At St. Nicolas bay (uvala Sv. Nikole). NB: the price is the same as for Veli Brijun harbour mooring.

Yacht Services and Repairs

Also see each Port.

Marine Stores

None.

Yacht Services/Repairs/Yards

None

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

No fuel. Water and electricity at some berths in Veli Brijun harbour.

Tourism and Things to do Ashore

Roman villa remains on Veli Brijun
Exotic antelopes on Veli Brijun
Dinosaur footprint on Brijuni Islands

Tourism

Most sites on the islands can only be visited on an organized tour (even if staying at one of the hotels). The tour usually starts at the Hotel Istra Neptun (former guesthouse of President Tito’s villa), which lies directly opposite the small harbour of Port Veli Brijun. The tour takes in the safari park, with elephants and several breeds of rare antelopes and sheep donated to Tito by world leaders; the remains of a 1st century AD Roman villa; a ruined Byzantine fortress; the church of Sveti Germana with displays of mediaeval church frescoes and an exhibition of ‘Tito on Brijuni’ with photos of the great man with movie stars and world leaders. There are even dinosaur prints in several places on the main island.

Grocery & Supply Stores

None.

Eateries

Several bars and restaurants in the hotels.

Internet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Bicycle and electric golf cart rental (near the hotel "Neptun"). NB: no personal bicycles are allowed.

Garbage Disposal

Bins at the Veli Brijun harbour.

Transportation

  • Local tourist "train" (tractor with a trailer)
  • Ferries from Fažana
  • Boat trips from Pula

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Croatia.

Comments

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