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Natural atractions


The majority of the flora on the archipelago of the Brijuni islands has the typical Mediterranean characteristics. On Veliki Brijun Island there are about 600 indigenous plant species. Here cedars, bamboos, and the pyramidal yew have become acclimatised, while on Vanga the dwarf spruce grows. There is also much exotic vegetation that Tito received from foreign statesmen.The most important plant associations of Veliki Brijun Island are:Maquis shrubland, Holm Oak, and Laurel forest, and Conifers, which are very characteristic of the region.
Because of the millennial presence of men on the archipelago of Brijuni, the animal world on the islands, especially Veliki Brijun, besides the autochthonous species, was enriched by many imported species that are not congenial to this habitat but got acclimated to it thanks to the almost ideal microclimatic conditions. Inside the park there is an ethno park is an area within the Safari park presenting a typical Istrian homestead with its autochthonous animal species. Istrian ox (a descendent of the Aurochs), Istrian sheep, donkeys and goats. It is intended both as a habitat and presentation of domestic animals of Istria.


The Baredine Cave has been known and visited since ancient times, while first documented explorations can be traced back to the beginning of the last century, when speleologists from Trieste explored it to the depth of 80 meters. Bardeine Cave is the first speleological object and a geomorphological natural preserve in Istria evaluated for tourist visitations.



The Motovun area is abundant with natural beauties due to its biological diveristy, rich flora and fauna and good climate. Visitors are drawn to the lush green meadows and the natural habitat filled with many plants and animals. The River Mirna bisects the valley and runs through the Motovun forest, which is known for its famous inhabitants – truffles. No one should miss the spectacular view from the city walls over the Mirna valley


The Istrian thermal resort is placed at the foot of the very famous huge rock, 85 meters high, with the mineral spring Sveti Stjepan   on the underside. This spring is well known for its hot water full of minerals (13 sorts), with high content of sulphur and optimal   degree of radioactivity, and it has been proved scientifically and in practice that it improves treatment of chronic rheumatic diseases,  dermatological diseases, upper respiratory tract diseases, gynaecological diseases and post-operative rehabilitation.


The Lim valley is the 35 km long valley of the river Pazinčica, which transforms into the Lim bay, a 10 kilometer long estuary. The Croats sometimes also call it Limski kanal ("Lim Channel"), due to its narrow width.
text: Wikipedia, baredine.com, tz-motovun.hr, istarske-toplice.hr