The National Parks of Croatia: Brijuni

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Croatia is a natural paradise, rich in national parks, and none is surely more unusual than Brijuni National Park, a collection of islands close to the Istrian Peninsula.

For here is where President Tito decided to base much of his administration during his decades of power, building a luxurious retreat, complete with golf course and Cadillac (you can still go for a drive in it today, and look out for the photo of Tito and Churchill on the dashboard). 

And animals.

Tito received an impressive 60 world leaders at Brijuni, many of whom were from the so-called Non-Aligned Countries, and it became a tradition that they would gift Tito animals indigenous to their country. 

Even though Tito passed away more than 30 years ago, many of the animals live on, including an elephant from Indira Gandhi, Shetland ponies from the Queen, and an impressive number of zebras.

It is a place of extraordinary beauty, with well-organised tours in four languages by open train, expertly caught by the lenses of Romulic and Stojcic. 

To learn more about Brijuni National Park, click here


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