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Overview

Introduction

This is a gorgeous spot under 15 minutes’ drive from Pula and while it is officially a “town”, it has a really strong village feel. Within the area, it is famed for its crystal-clear sea, the Fazana channel that connects Fazana with the Brijuni islands.

Fishing is in the heart and soul of the place and the fishing tradition was mentioned in local literature as early as the Middle Ages. Fishing boats of all types leave port every night in search of blue fish – anchovy, pilchard, sardine, mackerel. Morning sees fishermen, grandkids (and local cats) helping in fish sorting. It is a charming scene, a feel of being a million miles away from the digital age.

Fazana’s waterfront has a buzz as locals sip coffee on the way to work and visitors plan visits to Brijuni National Park, just a short 15-minute boat ride away. There are also organised boat excursions and water taxis.

Beneath the palms and pine trees, don’t miss the Sculptors Promenade” on the waterfront. Designed by local artists using stone and metal (with a blue fish being the star of the show of course), this permanent exhibition was erected during 2006-2008 showing the relationship between the silvery blue fish and their relationship with the sea and people.

During a stay, visitors may see old black and white photos of former Yugoslavia’s leader “Tito” who spent six months a year at his official residence on the Brijuni islands. It was from Fazana that he escorted and travelled with his many famous guests including Queen Elizabeth “of UK, Sophia Loren and her husbands, world leaders including President Nasser, Fidel Castro and many more.

There are restaurants, bars, shops, banks along the waterfront and in the charming tiny narrow streets.

There is a lovely sparkling white pebble beach to one side of the centre and other pebble beaches to the south side. Some locals say that Fazana may only have a couple of beach bars but they are some of the best beach bars in the country.

There is a small market with stalls selling beachwear and souvenirs and a local fresh market a few streets back which is usually open from 0600-10. Unusually for a beachside spot, there is a large public car park (close to the beachwear market stalls).

Ulysses Festival is an amazing arts festival with a twist. It takes place on either Veliki or Mali Brijun Island, evenings in August and the ticket price includes return boat trip.

Remember this phrase: “Fazana’s Small Pilchard Fishing Academy”, you might never have heard that term on a holiday!

Did you know?

  • Some of Istria’s bestselling oil which wins international awards comes from the area just inland of Fazana, around Vodnjan and Valbandon. Really good, tasting excursions can be arranged at the hotel reception
  • Visitors can join in many of the sardine-pilchard relating workshops
  • Almost every restaurant in Fazana has daily fresh blue fish offer caught by the locals
  • The old centre of Fazana is car-free, totally pedestrianised
  • Well-known spots in Istria such as Rovinj and Porec are under an hour away. Famous Pula under 15 minutes (local bus) and the Lim Fjord around 25 minutes’ drive
  • Visitors can visit the Brijuni islands either including an organised trip on arrival with English speaking guide or do it completely independently
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Getting There

Fazana can be reached by flights to Pula and then via a transfer by road (approx. 20 minutes). 

Flights from the UK to Pula Airport are operated by British Airways from London Heathrow, easyJet from London Gatwick and Bristol and by Ryanair from London Stansted.

Events

Events

Fazana punches about its weight with a fabulous selection of mostly outdoor events from June to September

June-Sept - Sea on the Table, Rhapsody in Blue, Pichard Festival, Fishermans Nights, all events connected to the blue sea, fishing traditions, with live music Wednesdays free workshops/how to do it of the Small Pilchard Fishing Academy on the Waterfront

31 July - Stars, candles and lanterns. Festival of light and the night of street musicians. Usually this date.

June-Sept - Fazana Under the Stars, concerts of pop, blues and rock music

June-Sept - Fazana’s Twilights, Classical musical concerts, Church of SS Cosmos and Damian.

August - Ulysses Festival on Brijuni usually includes Shakespeare theatre. Led by Rade Serbedzija, a famous Croatia actor who was noticed here by Angelina Jolie who then cast him in a leading role in the film she directed film “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (2011)

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Fazana is a stunning small town bursting with life and history. Its bustling seafront is lined with a variety of cafes and restaurants that overlook the vibrant display of small boats in the harbour. Take a boat trip from here to the stunning Brijuni islands, which were once the summer residence of former Yugoslavia's President Tito.

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Fazana is a stunning small town bursting with life and history. Its bustling seafront is lined with a variety of cafes and restaurants that overlook the vibrant display of small boats in the harbour. Take a boat trip from here to the stunning Brijuni islands, which were once the summer residence of former Yugoslavia's President Tito.

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