APARTMENT SONJA - 3 private rooms for 6+1 persons.

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(September 10 to June 30) 90 €
High season
(July 1 to September 9) 150 €

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BLUE ROOM - spacious, beautiful private room for 2+1 persons.

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(September 10 to June 30) 36 €
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(July 1 to September 9) 52

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GREEN ROOM - convenient private room for 2 persons.

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(September 10 to June 30) 32
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(July 1 to September 9) 48 €

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YELLOW ROOM - ensuite, lovely private room for 2+1 persons.

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(September 10 to June 30) 40
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(July 1 to September 9) 56 €

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The Maker intended to shape a part of the Earth to the image of Heaven. That is how Istria came into being, like a garden covered with magnificent trees and vast meadows, washed by the deep blue sea, appealing people to a happier life. But the jealous devil destroyed his work by tearing the bag in which the angel was carrying the unused stones. Thousands of rocks scattered around the Istrian land making it a land of contrasts, gentle and rough, fertile and barren, sunny and cloudy. The desolated angels gathered the pieces of Heaven remaining among the scattered rocks and protected them by the sea waves and created Brijuni.

Geological - Paleontological heritage

The Brijuni Archipelago is today certainly one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia. The paleontological findings of the dinosaurs, the magnificent "horrible reptiles" which ruled planet Earth for more tan 160 milion years (from Late Triassic period, about 220 milion years ago, to the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago when they went extinct). They are undoubtedly one of the prime issues of the socalled scientific tourism.

At four sites on Veli Brijun over 200 dinosaurs' footprints have been discovered, these frightful reptiles that ruled the Earth during the Mesozoic Era. The Brijuni dinosaurs can be traced to the Cretaceous Period (145 to 65 million years ago), so it can be rightfully said that the island has a "Cretaceous park". So far, dinosaurs' footprints have been discovered at the following sites: Cape Pogledalo, Ploče, Kamik/Plješivac and Trstike/Debela Glava.


Although the first traces of dinosaurs on Brijuni were recorded already in 1925, detailed and intensive research has been conducted only recently. In the 1990s paleontological  researches were carried out with the aim of studying the way these animals walked. Traces of footprints, especially series of footprints, paths, reveal invaluable information: size of dinosaur, whether they were two-legged or four-legged, if they roamed around quickly or slowly, in herds or alone.

Right after leaving the boat and landing on the jetty in Brijuni harbor you can see traces of dinosaurs! In the limestone block brought from one of Brijuni's quarries, a three-toed dinosaur''s footprint can clearly be seen. It is likely that it belonged to the huge meat-eating dinosaur of the Theropods group.

Cultural and historical heritage

When on the Istrian island of Brijuni all the yet unexplored and mostly inaccessible monuments from all ages, from the early periods of the pre-Roman Istria until the 16th century, will be discovered and made accessible to research then this beautiful island will be a unique museum rich in architectonic inventory of high artistic and historic importance. To all the cultures, which settled through history on the northern Adriatic coast, will be possible to ascribe at least one monument of architectonic heritage or some other artefact witnessing its presence. A. Gnirs, 1911.

The archipelago of Brijuni is an extraordinary blend of natural, historical and cultural heritage. The mild climate and the favourable geographical conditions, deep retracted bays and easily defendable elevated fortifications, have secured a continuum in the human activity on the island from a pre-historic age until the present day.

On a relatively small archipelago, of an area of around 7km2, have been registered some hundred sites and buildings of archaeological and cultural-historical value and which comprise the period from the first Neolithic settlements, the dugouts in the bay of Soline, until the creation of an elite summer and health resort at the beginning of the last century and the presidential residency visited by statesmen from one third of the world’s countries in its 25 years of existence (1954-1979).

This concise curriculum vitae of the island, which carefully preserves the traces of 5000 years of human history, makes the legend of its creation even more real and when arriving to the island a part of Heaven  discloses in front of our eyes in the unique harmony of the island’s flora, fauna and heritage. A unique bland of the green islands sank into the turquoise-blue sea whose bays and hills are laced with the white Istrian rocks.

Natural heritage

Another characteristic that makes Brijuni even more valuable in relation to other areas of this climate is its vegetation. On Veliki Brijun an extraordinary unity of natural elements and anthropogenesis has been achieved. By taking up the farmlands and by clearing the forests and transforming them into landscape parks with vast meadows, a unique landscape on the Croatian Adriatic coast has been created.

The majority of the flora on the archipelago of Brijuni has the typical Mediterranean characteristics. The most important plant associations of Veliki Brijun are:

Macchia 261 ha
Meadows 124 ha
Parks 118 ha
Holm oak forests 68 ha
Holm oak and laurel forests 48 ha
Conifers 18 ha

It is interesting to point out that on the islands there are some plant species that are among the endangered plant species of Istria (marine poppy, wild cucumber, some grass species etc.), but on the islands they are quite widespread and develop freely.

Because of the millennial presence of men on the archipelago of Brijuni, the animal world on the islands, especially Veliki Brijun, besides the autochthonous species, was enriched by many imported species that are not congenial to this habitat but got acclimated to it thanks to the almost ideal microclimatic conditions.

The indentation of the coastline, the diversity of the base, the bathymetric configuration and the specific hydrodynamic conditions are reflected in the wide variety of littoral biocoenoses - life communities - that are characteristic for the northern Adriatic region and are still unaffected by direct sources of contamination.

The local seas of Brijuni are important hatching grounds and representative oasis (marine park) for the typical marine organisms of the northern Adriatic, that is their colonies andcommunities. Of the marine organisms that are protected by the Law on Environmental Conservation in the waters of Brijuni you can find the pen-shell (Pinna nobilis) and the date-shell (Lithophaga lithophaga). Turtles and dolphins, the protected marine vertebrates, can also from time to time be seen in the waters of Brijuni. There are also some endemic species like the black tang, Jadranski bračić, and the tunicate, Jadranski ciganin.

The seabed abounds in sponges, shellfish, sea urchins, crustaceans, fish etc. Among fish the most numerous are sea basses, giltheads, grey mullets, soles, groupers, conger eels, dentexes, black umbers… In the past in the seas of Brijuni were found some species that were never seen in the Adriatic, as well as some species up to then unknown to scientists like the soft coral Alcyonium brionense (Kuekenthal 1906) or the variety of the sponge Ircinia variabilis fistulata (Syzmanski 1904).

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