The second largest island of the Brijuni Archipelago

Excursion to MALI BRIJUN

Upon arrival by boat to the port of Mali Brijun, your guide will gather all the visitors and arrange the island walking tour programme.

The island of Mali Brijun is open for visitors

New excursion offer for visitors of the Brijuni National Park

The excursion begins after the visitors arrive to the port of Mali Brijun, where they will be greeted by the expert tourist guide in their chosen language. The tourist guides are available for any questions and additional information. This is an adventure-type excursion, which means that comfortable footwear and clothing are required for the tour, and visitors are recommended to bring a sufficient amount of liquid.

Programme

The excursion begins with a one-hour tour of the educational trail “Stone Stories of Brijuni”, followed by a walk to the Fort Brioni Minor. The tour of the fort lasts one hour. Upon completing the tour, the guide will accompany the visitors to a beautiful bay where leisure time is planned for swimming and enjoying the charming island. Return to Fažana according to the boat schedule.

Notes

IMPORTANT!

Excursion difficulty - moderately difficult

The excursion is not suitable for people who have difficulties walking or moving. The trail is not suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. This excursion requires footwear suitable for walking/hiking on a wooded or rough terrain - firm and solid footwear and clothing adapted to outdoor stay and the current weather conditions.

Visitors are recommended to carry at least one bottle of water.

Pets on the island

Pets are allowed on the island (dogs have to be leashed at all times). Admission for dogs is charged.

Booking and ticket purchase

Individual guests buy tickets at https://shop.np-brijuni.hr/hr. Reservations for groups are mandatory and are made at izleti@np-brijuni.hr.

Organised tours of Mali Brijun are currently not available.

Educational trail “Stone Stories of Brijuni”

This content-rich educational trail was created as part of the KAMEN-MOST project (STONE-BRIDGE project), implemented within the framework of the European Territorial Cooperation Programme between Slovenia and Croatia for the period 2007 - 2013. The aim of the project is to preserve the heritage and raise awareness regarding the traditional techniques, exploitation and use of stone. Untouched nature, quarries and fortifications dominate the landscape of Mali Brijun, and this trail represents a true gem, revealing completely different features compared to Veliki Brijun. The trail includes 15 information boards, and offers a pleasant 2.5-kilometre walk. There are numerous features to enjoy, spanning from geological, technical, construction, historic, fortification elements to ethnographic elements.

The trail leads you to the main port, towards Cape Glavina on the north side of the island. This experience, reminiscent of time travel, will take you as far as 2.3 billion years in the past. If you get tired during your walk and wish to take a quiet moment to think and reflect on everything you have seen, you can rest in the shade at special spots drawn from the trail along the quarry line.

Fort Brioni Minor

Among the many preserved facilities that were once part of the Austro-Hungarian military-defence system, Fort Brioni Minor is surely the most prominent, and it undoubtedly dominates the island of Mali Brijun. Fort Brioni Minor and Fort Tegetthoff on Veli Brijun were the westernmost fortifications on the first line of defence of the Austro-Hungarian naval port in Pula. The fort was constructed in the last five years of the 19th century, and upon its completion became the largest Austro-Hungarian fort on the Adriatic coast. Four other forts were constructed on the Brijuni Islands.

The dimensions of the fort were 175 x 90 m, and it would house a crew of 12 officers and 530 soldiers. The surface area of the fort is 15,750 m2, and it was protected by 20 long range cannons.

In the recent years, the fort has served as a theatrical scene of the Ulysses Theatre during the tourist season, featuring plays such as King Lear, Medea, Hamlet, Tesla Electric Company and Drunken Night 1918.