Brioni National Park
When all the unexplored and inaccessible monuments on the island of Brijuni, from the early periods of pre-Roman Istria until the 16th century, are discovered and made accessible to research, then this beautiful island will be a unique museum with a rich architectural inventory of the highest artistic and historical importance. It will be possible to ascribe at least one monument of architectural heritage, or some other artefact witnessing their presence, to all the cultures which settled on the northern Adriatic coast throughout history.
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 defended elevated fortifications, have ensured continuous human activity on the island from pre-history to the present day. Some hundred sites and buildings of archaeological and cultural-historical value have been recorded in a relatively small archipelago of around 7 km2. These comprise the period from the first Neolithic settlements, the dugouts in Soline Bay, to the creation of an elite summer and health resort at the beginning of the last century, and the presidential residence visited by statesmen from one third of the world's countries in a period of 25 years (1954-1979).
The island carefully preserves the traces of 5,000 years of human history. When arriving on the island, it seems like a part of heaven has been revealed to us with the harmony of the island's flora, fauna and heritage, and the green islands, sunk into the turquoise sea, whose bays and hills are laced with white Istrian rock.