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Fazana is one of the Adriatic’s hidden gems, a small fishing village on Istria’s western coast, just eight kilometres from Pula and 13km from Pula airport. Staying in Fazana is like stepping into an Italian fishing village, not only because in 1921 100 per cent of the population spoke Italian, but because of the sorbet-coloured buildings, family-run pizzerias and festivals dedicated to sardines. A villa holiday in Fazana is all about pressing pause, and would suit families, large groups and couples, with two fantastic beaches, a quiet peaceful coastline and friendly small-town feel. Our villas in Fazana are also well positioned to explore the paradise Brijuni Islands, a paradise archipelago, and the Istrian hinterlands, with its wineries and truffle hunting. Stay in a Fazana villa for a relaxing holiday and laid-back vibe not often felt near bustling Pula.  

Things to do in Fazana

Life slows down in Fazana, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do when staying in one of our Fazana villas. Head into the beautiful little port to shop for olive oils, sardines and local wines, and explore the village’s many churches before enjoying a sundowner on the harbour walls. Our villas in Fazana are all located to the village’s two well-maintained rocky beaches, one with Blue Flag status, making it the perfect location for a family villa holiday. One of the highlights of any Fazana villa holiday is to visit the nearby Brijuni Islands, a stunning group of 14 islands and inlets hiding secret sandy bays, reefs and ruins – with regular ferries running between the harbour and the islands. Dining in Fazana is also fantastic, with several great restaurants dotted along the harbour. Choose from fresh seafood platters – most offering the local catch of the day – the village’s famous sardines, pizza and traditional Croatian dishes and wine, as you listen to the gentle lapping of the ocean. 

Beach in Fazana Croatia
Sailing in Fazana Croatia

History and culture in Fazana

Put on your walking shoes and head into the port, where history is palatable and local Istrian traditions prevail. The port of Fazana has many historical and cultural sights, thanks to its 2000-year-old history and place as an economic centre in Roman times. There are several interesting churches to visit when staying in one of our Fazana villas, including the 6th-century Church of St Elys, the gothic Sts Cosmas and Damian Church and the 14th-century Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. While travellers head to the nearby Brijuni Islands for their paradise vibe, sandy beaches and shallow warm waters, history fiends will love the islands’ history as the summer home of Yugoslavia’s President Tito, serving as the backdrop for the Brijuni Declaration and 1991 Brijuni Agreement and housing the fascinating Tito’s Museum. 

Family holidays in Fazana

Our Fazana villas are ideal for families and multi-generation groups, offering something for small children up to teens. For a family day at the beach, Fazana has two coves for travellers to choose from, the Bi Val Beach with its Blue Flag status and Children’s Playground Beach. While they aren’t sandy, both offer smooth pebbles, warm shallow waters and are shaded by pine trees – within walking distance to cafes and bars. Guests staying in one of our family villas will particularly love Children’s Playground, located in Olive Alley with a playground, volleyball and bocce courts, beach bars, umbrellas, sunbeds and accessibility for wheelchairs. Alternatively, jump on a ferry to the nearby Brijuni Islands to visit the safari park with its zebras, elephants and Istrian bulls and goats. A Fazana villa with a private pool is recommended for family villa holidays, offering the freedom to enjoy days at home while keeping the kids entertained. 

Safari Park in Brijuni Islands Croatia
Wind surfing in Fazana Croatia

Adventurous activities in Fazana

Jump on a speedboat (or regular ferry) and head to the wilds of the Brijuni Islands, once the summer retreat of Yugoslavia’s President Tito and now a Croatian National Park. The archipelago has 14 islands, two larger islands (Mali Brijun and Veli Brijun) and 12 smaller inlets. From the islands, you can experience some of the most unspoilt natural beauty on the whole Adriatic coast, such as gin-clear waters perfect for snorkelling and swimming and ancient pine forests and olive trees ideal for hiking. On the islands, you can explore Roman ruins and now-peaceful quarries, and even treat yourself to a round of golf on the Brijuni Golf Course. Back on the mainland, the Fazana coastline offers ample opportunities for adrenaline-filled watersports, such as surfing, windsurfing and paddle-boarding.

Romance in Fazana

Steeped in history and with a pastel-hued port, peaceful beaches and idyllic nearby islands, Fazana is a fantastic destination for a couples’ villa holiday. The setting is cinematic, on the indigo waters of the Adriatic and with dozens of old-world buildings and churches, with a day spent just wandering its streets the perfect way to inject some romance. For a romantic villa holiday in Fazana, try one of our villas with a private pool, so you can spend the day soaking up the sun and peaceful atmosphere before heading into town for a cocktail on the waterfront. Hire a car and venture further afield to explore Istria’s many vineyards or charter your own private boat and zip over to the Brijuni Islands, where you’ll find hidden sandy beaches, peaceful pine forests and plenty of jaw-dropping spots – jaw-dropping enough to suit a proposal.

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