The Brijuni Islands or Brijuni archipelago are today one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia. This archipelago consists of a group of islands off the western coast of Istria, which together with the surrounding waters was proclaimed a national park in 1983. The islands are only 6 km from Pula and separated from the mainland by Fažana Channel, with a regular daily boat service from the nearby Fažana port. The Brijuni Islands comprise two larger islands – Veliki and Mali Brijun, as well as 12 smaller and exceptionally indented islands that have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Brijuni are well known for their mild Mediterranean climate with plenty of sun and humidity, which is ideal for the lush vegetation and pleasant stay on the islands. In winter, the average air temperature is 5.9o, in spring 12.2o, in summer 23.2o, and in autumn 14.8o Celsius. In summer the sea temperature is between 22o and 25o, whereas the air temperature is about 23o Celsius. The vegetation on the Brijuni is extremely luxuriant and the national park area is full of tropical plants that form specially maintained tree-lined lanes, parks and gardens.
Brijuni are the ideal choice for guests seeking accommodation of the highest category and the best offer of additional facilities.more
The most famous and important monument, the starting and ending point of every sightseeing tour is the Amphitheater, popularly called the Arena of Pula, which was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome.
The ground plan is elliptical, the longer axis measuring about 130 m and the shorter one about 100 m. Gladiator fights took place in the central flat area called the arena, while the spectators could sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. It is believed that the Amphitheater could seat about 20,000 spectators. Local limestone was used for its construction. In the Middle Ages it was the site of knights tournaments and fairs.
Today, it is the venue for many different events – Pula Film Festival, various concerts, opera, ballet, sports competitions… since its capacity is about 5000 spectators.
Every week during the summer months, the Arena hosts gladiator fights as part of the historical and entertainment spectacle “Spectacvla Antiqva”.
The underground passages, once used by the gladiators, nowadays host a regular exhibition of viticulture and olive growing in Istria in ancient times. The exhibits include reconstructions of machines once used for the production of olive oil and wine (mills, presses, vessels) and amphorae used for storing and transporting olive oil and wine.
The Amphitheater is situated outside the old city walls because of its size and geographical configuration. The road that leads to the center was constructed during Emperor Vespasian, after whom it was named – Via Flavia. Even today it represents one of the main city roads.more
The most entertaining water in Istria is once again ready to bring the excitement, happiness and adrenalin into the hearts of all its visitors. This unique water world, already recognized as the new dimension of fun, relaxation and recreation has opened its doors on 9 June 2018.The multiple awarded Aquapark located in hinterland of Novigrad has for two consecutive years won the prestige 5th place in the categors of bet european waterparks (Europe's best Waterparks) among more than 300 others. Therefore, Istralandia enters the news season 2018 with numerous safe and fun attractions as well as many news inspired by the wihes and needs of our visitrs.Istralandia Team is extremly proud on the last year's acknowledgement of Trip Advisor which has listed Istralandia as the 2nd best waterpark in Europe based on the users ratings and reviews.The magical water world located on the surface of 81.000 m2, with 23 magnificent attractions of more than 2 kilometres of pipes and tubes, 5.500 m2 water surfaces actually represents numbers turned into fun awaiting you at the magical water world of aquapark Istralandia. Many pools, including the largest wave pool on the Mediterranean of 2500 m2 as well as attractive slides do not care for the age limits since the adrenaline fun is guaranteed for all ages.more
In 2001, in the Istrian village Manjadvorci only 18 km away from Pula, appeared the Ranch Barba Tone. Since then, twenty horses carried on their backs hundreds of tourists – riders and non-riders. The vast majority of tourists is returning - discover for yourself why.We are here for you every day throughout the year.
We'll take you for trips that last for hours, to the sea where you will have the unique opportunity to swim with these noble animals. On day trips you will also see the Vicina cave while riding the horse. For those who want to know more you will learn all about Istrian historical landmarks in the most ancient town of the largest Croatian peninsula – the town of Nesactium. The most enduring skilled riders are in for exciting one-day or several days of trekking across the entire Istria and during all seasons.
The Kamenjak Peninsula or Cape Kamenjak also known as the Peninsula of Premantura (Punta) is the southernmost cape of Istria. Kamenjak is a protruding piece of land delving deep into the sea, some six kilometers long with the average width of about a kilometre. Kamenjak rugged coastline, some 30 kilometers long consist of numerous bay and various beaches forming an area of exceptional natural beauty including 11 unhabitated islands. The west coast of Kamenjak is stepper and its northern part partly encloses the Medulin Bay.more
Dinopark Funtana is a fantastic destination for an exciting and authentic family day trip. Located in the very heart of Istria, only couple of minutes from Poreč, Dinopark is the first and the largest theme park in Croatia. One of many attractions is a 1000 seat Show Arena where you can see various artists and acrobats perform twice daily in a Variate Jurrasic Show. Outside under the shade of natural forest you can experience different adrenalin rides - the Dragon Coaster fast train, pirate ship Tortuga and Fly Coaster carousel or join a Fossil Safari digging site and become a paleontologist for a day.
Most kids favourite activities include riding real ponies and vising the Kids Zoo to feed the animals. And only in Dinopark Funtana you can ride the dinosaurs as well!more
The cave is a natural cavity in the Earth´s crust. Croatia is dominated by caves if karst relief deposits of limestone and dolomite shaped by the chemical and mechanical action of water. In addition to these rocks, caves have also been shaped in layers of gypsum, salt, magma rock, conglomerate, breccia and even ice.
The basic structure of a cave is made up of the entrance, the channel and the hall. The cave channel is the elongated portion of the cavity, while the hall is a more spacious area most frequently formed by the broadening of the cave channels. Caves that have no connection with the surface are called caverns.
The people who explore caves are known as speleologists, while cave exploration is called speleology.more