The tour around the island starts from the port of Veliki Brijun. After a short ride along the sea, we turn left. We pass next to the building that once housed a steam bath, and that is now home to three exhibitions: photo exhibition Josip Broz Tito on Brijuni, exhibition Memories of an Old Austrian and the natural history collection. We pass next to the facilities Jurina and Franina, and continue across the bridge to a unique golf course - one of the first golf courses in Europe. It is quite likely that we will encounter groups of axis deer, fallow deer and mouflon on the meadows and hills of the island along the way. They are part of the identity of Brijuni, and the entire visitor experience.
Entrance to the Safari Park
The road leads us to the Zoo. The Safari Park is home to exotic herbivores: the Indian elephant Lanka, llamas, zebras, Indian sacred cows and ostriches. The Ethno Park includes an Istrian family farm with autochthonous animal species: boškarin, a type of cattle of Istria, Istrian pramenka sheep, donkeys and goats.
St. Mary’s basilica, Byzantine Kastrom, Saline…
We continue our ride further through the forest landscape along the western part of the island. We pass by the early Christian basilica of St. Mary, continuing down a mild slope to the Byzantine Kastrum, the archaeological site that is richest by strata on the island. Continuing southwards, along the Saline ornithological reserve, a majestic nesting area with native and migrating bird species, we proceed onwards all the way to the cape of Peneda.