BRIJUNI ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
The Brijuni (Brionian) Islands are the most extensive and intriguing group of islands located along the coast of Western Istria. The Brijuni Islands have been inhabited since prehistoric times, with the earliest traces of settlements dating back to 3000 BC, or early Bronze Age. At various times, the islands were under control of the Illyrians, the Celts, the Romans, the Ostrogoths, and the Byzantines. There are numerous cultural and historical sites across the archipelago.
On the northern edge of Veliki Brijun Island, over an area of 9 hectares, sprawls a unique safari park inhabited by an unusual combination of indigenous Istrian and exotic South American, African and Asian fauna.
A variety of leisure programs are offered to visitors to the national park, including walking and bike tours, as well as snorkeling to explore the underwater world of the Brionian Islands.
GETTING TO KNOW ISTRIA —ISTRA-TOUR, WINE ROUTES, WINE TASTING
Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, connected to the mainland only in its northern part and in a fragment of its eastern part. Istria is located on a natural elevation, gradually sloping from north to south.
Istria has a temperate Mediterranean climate characterized by warm dry summers and mild winters. The unique combination of climate and geographical location has contributed to the spread of winemaking practices in the region.
The art of winemaking emerged here thousands of years ago, with the advent of the first Greek colonies. Today, Istrian winemakers particularly excel at producing white wines, which go well with fish and seafood dishes so popular here. Among the most common grape varieties used to produce local white wines are Istrian Malvasia, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Plitvice Lakes (Plitvička jezera) is the largest and the oldest national park in Croatia. These miracles of nature are in the top ten most beautiful cascading lakes in the world. The Croats themselves describe Plitvice Lakes as the eighth wonder of the world. In 1979, the national park was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The forests located here have survived from the epoch when vegetation on our planet had just formed. The national park is home to the largest population of brown bears in Europe. Butterflies of extraordinary beauty and orchids can be found here.
Plitvice Lakes National Park offers tourists eight different routes varying in length. The shortest of them is designed for a two-hour hike, while the longest route can take up to 8 hours. The park also has bicycle trails, with the total length of about 20 km
A BOAT TRIP TO VENICE
Take an unforgettable sailing trip to Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world. The boat departs from Pula, and after a three-hour sail across the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea you will find yourself in the midst of the famous Venetian streets and canals.
Within a few hours, you will get to know the history of the city and learn the secrets of its construction, listen to the urban legends, and examine the most famous architectural and historical landmarks. If you wish, you can book a boat or a gondola tour over the Grand Canal and the minor waterways.
Walking along the inviting old streets, you can stop at traditional coffee shops frequented by the Venetians. You will discover the peculiar features of local antipasti and have a chance to taste them.
In the evening, the boat will take you back to Pula, where you will continue your vacation.