The Brijuni group of islands is situated along the western Istrian coast, opposite from Pula. The largest island, Veli Brijun (5.6 km²), lies 2 km off the coast. Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park. It consists of 14 islands and islets of a total area of 736 hectares. Most of this area is taken by the largest island - Veli Brijun. Brijuni have been proclaimed a national park due to their natural characteristics.
The park has a 3,000 hectare area since its borders include the open sea. The autochtonous natural values of Brijuni include its vegetation - it is a veritable Mediterranean environment consisting of a black oak and shrubbery - some trees are up to 15 m tall, with trunks 60 cm in diameter, and the zelenika and planika trees grow up to 12 m tall and have a diameter of up to 30 cm. An interesting landscape park has been created on Veli Brijun. It consists of domestic, as well as imported species - Lebanese cedar, palms, bamboo and eucalyptus
trees. Imported species of wildlife can be observed grazing on Veli Brijun pastures: stag, Muflon mountain goats, pheasant and peacocks. Diverse animal wildlife is located in an enclosed area. Brijuni also are a first class cultural-historical area - since the mid-Neolithic up to the present day, man has resided there and left traces of his presence. There are interesting and abundant remains from the Roman and Byzantine historical period.