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Natural attractions in Istria

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The Feštini Kingdom Cave (Festinsko kraljevstvo)

In the heart of Istria near the village of Feštini close to Žminj, with its natural beauties is the Feštini Kingdom Cave.  Entering the cave, you can hear the harmonious sound of the water lets that from time immemorial have created wonderful underground treasures reflected in small pools of water.

been equipped with safe walkways that are accessible to every visitor.  The cave inspires visitors with the variety of its stalactite and stalagmite formations, especially The Magician´s Hat, The Tower of Babylon, and the huge Bat´s Wing, through the latter of which the roots of the grapevines above draw water from the floor of the cave.

In addition ot the underground beauties, you can also enjoy the idyllic scenery and other attractions (a mini-farm, a mini-bar with refreshments, etc.).

If you want to forget life´s daily stresses at least for a moment, visit us and enjoy the Feštini Kingdom !


Brijuni National Park

Brijuni National Park is an oasis of the magnificent harmony between man, animal and plant life. There are almost 700 plant species and about 250 bird species on the islands, whereas the mild Mediterranean climate makes it a pleasant health resort. After leaving Fažana, the line of green islands viewed from the boat, transforms into Veliki Brijun, the largest of the 14 islands.

The traces of dinosaurs, remains of Antiquity and later periods, achievements of modern times are all present in this area, whose development as an exclusive resort starts in 1893 thanks to the “old Austrian”, the industrialist Paul Kupelwieser, owner of the Brijuni Islands. This fashionable seaside resort and one of the leading health resorts started developing and gaining popularity all over Europe and worldwide, but this unfortunately ended with the beginning of World War I.

From then on Brijuni were mostly known for the political activities of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, the president of former Yugoslavia, who arrived on Brijuni for the first time in 1947. The usual, short introduction to Brijuni is a tour by tourist train that takes visitors through all the different natural beauties; through the safari park, by the Byzantine castrum, Roman residential villa in Verige Bay and many other interesting sights. Right by the harbor, close to hotels “Istra”, “Neptun” and “Karmen” is the church of St. German from the 15th century which houses an exhibit of Istrian frescoes and copies of Glagolitic monuments.

Nearby is the natural science exhibit, archaeological museum and exhibition “Tito on Brijuni”.


Cave Baredine

Get to know the mysterious play of nature which took thousands of years to develop, far away from daylight and the eye of man… Visit the underground world of the CAVE BAREDINE.

This cave has an abundance of stalagmites and stalactites, underground sculptures created by patient and long-lasting performance of water. In this way incredible dripstones were created, the most prominent of which are the 10 meter long, high “curtains”, a very realistic statue of Madonna, the body of the shepherdess Milka, the leaning tower of Pisa, the snowman – a torchbearer who became the trademark of the cave. In one of the halls you will pass by a cave 4 m wide and 66 m deep which descends to underground lakes.

On your walk through the cave you will pass through 5 halls, 5 galleries of abstract and realistic sculptures, a pleasant 40-minute walk along the 300 meter long path under guidance of our tour guide and “curator”. Another feature of interest of this adventure is the encounter with the underground animal world: you will see the human fish (Proteus anguinus), an endemic species that lives only here, in the karst landscape, and the miniature transparent crabs and beetles. At the entrance into the cave there is a glass case where you can see the remains of the pottery of the prehistoric man. Our distant forefather had probably, during hot and dry summers, put his pots here to be filled with water, drop for drop.


The Učka Nature Park

In ancient times, the supreme god Perun, surrounded by old oaks and mighty eagles, ruled the world from the top of a mountain, lightening stones and stone arrows at all the evil that threatened. Many summers have passed since then, the Perun hill, the beautiful iris and the abundance of old oak trees that preserve the peace and the secrets of the green Učka remind us of those ancient times. Učka was named after the old Slavic word “ljučka”, which marks the border between magical Istria and “someone else’s country” ruled by some other, alien people. Today the Učka nature park is a unique phenomenon of natural diversity. In this almost untouched paradise 160 km2 in size, there are many endemic, endangered and protected plant and animal species.

There is also evidence of a human presence that dates back more than 12 000 years, of geomorphologic monuments which have been formed by water and wind over the course of 140 million years, more than 200 astonishing cave forms with impressive cave decorations and secret stone villages abandoned long ago by humans. The clean, cold water that flows here has been shaping Učka for millions of years, bringing life in every one of its beautiful corners. Its trails and walkways offer fabulous trips. Učka is a favourite place for tourists because of its impressive views and the resident’s excellent cuisine, and also because it is a major destination for hikers, rock climbers, bikers, free climbers and free-flyers who here have can find Nature in its original form.