The Brijuni Islands, off the coast of Istria near Pula, have a unique history representing a microcosm of the Croatian narrative. Today, a sail around the islands is the perfect chance to enjoy a leisurely sail, beautiful natural setting, historical ruins (including ancient Roman villas from the 1st & 2nd centuries BC & a Byzantine palace) and even a zoo park with exotic animals brought to Veliki Brijun island by Tito. You can even see dinosaur footprints traced to the Cretaceous Period.
A traditional health resort for the European jet set and private residence to Tito, the islands are an easy and worthwhile Day Sail from the mainland. The islands’ stone quarries have been worked for centuries. During the renaissance, stone from the islands was used to build the palaces and bridges of the Venice.
In the early 19th century the islands became part of the Austrian Empire when the quarries supplied stone to Vienna and Berlin. In 1893 the Viennese business magnate Paul Kupelwieser bought the whole archipelago and created an exclusive beach resort. Kupelsieser built exclusive hotels, restaurants, beach resorts, a casino & a yacht harbor. The Brijuni islands became popular as a destination for the Viennese and were visited by members of the Imperial family and European jet set.
After World War II the Brijuni became part of Yugoslavia and President Marshal Tito made the Brijuni Islands his personal Summer Residence. Foreign heads of state fro marooned the world visited Tito on his islands, along with film stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, and Gina Lollobrigida. When Tito died the islands were declared a National Park.
Contact us to arrange Day Sailing around the Brijuni Islands in our private sailing yachts or for more information about other Istrian experiences.