The summer residence of Tito, the former head of state of Yugoslavia, used to host state guests, artists and stars such as Willy Brandt, Leonid Brezhnev, Princess Margaret of England, Sophia Loren and more on the islands of Brijuni.
In 1983, the archipelago of 14 small islands was declared a national park and opened up to tourists. Today you can take a boat from the fishing village of Fažana to Veli Brijun. The trip there across the blue Adriatic with a view of Fažana's colourful harbour scenery is worthwhile in itself. Unfortunately, you can't explore Brijuni on your own, you have to join a guided tour. You can take a small train around the island, past a safari park that still has some animals that Tito received as a gift from the state, various monuments, ruins from Roman times and lots of nature.