Istria is the largest Adriatic peninsula in the Mediterranean area of central Europe. It has Mediterranean climate with mild, short winters and long, hot summers, which makes it one of the sunniest European oases. The indented coastline, diversity of the scenery and unspoiled nature are the main features of Istria. Historically it represents the junction of civilizations whose multicultural arboretum has been cultivated since the times of the Histri, the Celts and the Romans, the Byzantine Empire, the Slavs and the Venetians, to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Istria is the peninsula with a long and rich history and the most beautiful Mediterranean archipelago, Brijuni, a set of islands with rare plant and animal species that rightly bears the name *Terra Magica*.


The picturesque fishing town, located on the southwest coast of Istria, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, which in itself embodies the true essence of the beauty of life in the Mediterranean. Gentle beaches, clear waters and the vicinity of the Brijuni national park, which from the 19th century onwards started transforming Fažana from a fishing village into a tourist destination that hosts many cultural and music events from spring till late autumn ("How to cure oily fish" by the Sardela Fishing Academy in May, "From the sea to the table" - culinary event in June where sardines are prepared in 100 ways and the most famous events in August "The feast of sardines" and "The fishermen's know-how" - events where fishermen not only present their culinary skills but also their fishing and netting skills).

In ancient times Fažana was known as Vasianum, and besides fishing and olive oil, it was also famous for its amphoras and roof tiles manufactory as early as the 1st century AD. The numerous archaeological remains of the Roman country villas from this period with elaborate mosaics in its immediate vicinity testify that Fažana and its surroundings has always been a particularly attractive place for the easygoing life of the wealthy Roman patricians. Fažana has stood witness to times gone by and has several interesting episodes in its history, one of the most famous being the naval battle in the Fažana channel in 1379.


The Brijuni Islands is an archipelago consisting of 14 islands, islets and reefs separated from the mainland by the Fažana channel that is 3 km wide.

Islands: Veliki and Mali Brijuni, and Vanga.

Islets: Sveti Marko, Gaz, Obljak or Okrugljak, Supin, Galija, Gruni or Grunj, Pusti or Madona, Vrsar, Sv. Jeronim or Jerolim, Kotež or Kozada, and Supinić

Reefs: Kabula, where the lighthouse is located, Crnika and Stine

Take a walk around the beautiful scenery of the Veliki Brijuni island, visit one of the oldest olive trees on the European soil since the fourth century AD which continues to bear fruit every year. Visit the zoo, the safari park, but also look around at the remains of the Byzantine castrum, the St. Mary's Basilica from the 6th century and the gothic church of St. German. You can take a ride around the island on a tourist train or an electric car from the Veriga bay that holds the remains of a luxurious Roman country villa all the way to the museum and the great Austrian fort Tegethoff which with its 28 cannons had the task to protect the port of Pula. If you wish to experience the island actively, you have at your disposal a number of sports fields, playgrounds and paths so you are free to play golf, tennis, go horse riding or ride a bike.

These beautiful and modern villas are located in Fazana. Fazana is a little Mediterranean town and a port of departure to the Brijuni Islands. With its beaches, hiking trails, forests and restaurants it is a perfect place for your vacation. The villas are perfect for lovers of nautical tourism, as the owner also offers a berth for their boats. There are plenty of facilities for children and the fenced yard will allow them undisturbed playing. The sauna and pool are only some of the amenities you will surely enjoy to the fullest.. If you want to discover the delights of Istria, we recommend exploring the interior, visiting taverns and wine cellars, tasting traditional Istrian dishes and much more.
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