Veliki Brijun

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The Brijuini Islands were once the summer retreat of former Yugoslav president Tito. After his death, the archipelago was designated a national park. It’s popular with daytrippers who ferry across to its largest isle, Veliki Brijun (a 20-minute journey from the mainland town of Fažana). However, with no permanent residents, the place becomes a peaceful haven once the last ferry leaves. The lush island is cloaked in rolling fields and thick forests, and ringed by secluded coves. There’s plenty more to explore too, including dinosaur footprints, Roman ruins, a botanical garden, an ornithological park, an 18-hole golf course built a century ago and a safari park. The latter is home to a menagerie of exotic animals gifted to Tito by socialist world leaders, including elephant Lanka, one of a pair presented by Indira Ghandi.

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