Fazana: The Charming Coastal Town in Istria
The picturesque town Fazana in Croatia is a popular tourist destination and a real vacation highlight in Istria. This former fishing village enchants with a breathtakingly beautiful center, a pretty little harbor, colorful townhouses and amazing restaurants, which spread unique vacation flair. The lively beach promenade is also lovely, which leads to the picturesque beaches via an entertaining walk or a small bicycle tour. Also the surroundings of Fazana are really worth seeing. For example, the famous Brijuni National Park with its 14 islands is located just off the coast and the famous port city of Pula is also not far away.
In this travel guide you will find all important information about Fazana in Croatia. In addition, there are lots of tips, wonderful pictures, we reveal the most beautiful beaches and attractions and where you can find fantastic accommodations in Fazana.
General information about Fazana
Fazana is located in the south-west of Istria, about 10 kilometers from Pula and 30 kilometers from Rovinj. The town has almost 3,700 inhabitants and today it is one of the most popular vacation destinations along the Istrian coast. Here you can find everything a vacationer’s heart desires: good restaurants, cozy cafes, a small pretty old town and beautiful beaches. The proximity to Pula and the Brijuni Islands also makes Fazana a unique vacation destination.
The history of Fazana goes back to the Middle Ages, when in official documents the town had already been mentioned as a small fishing village. Later, in the time of Napoleon, it was a member of the “Fishing Brotherhood of St. Andrew” and in the beginning of the 20th century the biggest anchovy factory in Istria could be found here. Until tourism increased, fishing was the most important economic activity of the inhabitants and also today some people are engaged in fishing.
Things to do in Fazana
During a vacation in Fazana you can experience some really amazing things to do. Here is a summary of the most beautiful attractions of the small town and the best excursion possibilities in the immediate vicinity:
The Center of Fazana
One of the most important attractions of Fazana is the small beautiful town center, which is also the tourist center of the resort. Really charming are especially the small old town with its colorful houses and alleys and the beautiful harbor with a charming promenade along the shore. Countless good restaurants, konobas, bars and cafés spoil the vacationers with regional delicacies creating a unique vacation feeling.
In the center is the church of Sv. Kosma, a parish church from the 16th century in Gothic style, which significantly shapes the townscape of Fazana. Located only 1 meter above sea level, this church is situated on the lowest point in all of Istria! Interesting is also the interior, where you can admire a painting of the famous painter Ventura.
The Port of Fazana
Another highlight is the breathtakingly beautiful port of Fazana. It is the absolute heart of the village and thanks to its beauty you will find it on every postcard. This port looks back on a long history, as the Romans already used to fish and trade here. The fishermen’s boats still moor there today, and you can watch them at work while walking along the pier.
Brijuni National Park
The Brijuni National Park is an archipelago of 14 islands located just a few kilometers from Fazana. As a popular destination, many tourists from nearby resorts come to visit these natural jewels. Here in Fazana excursion boats leave daily and a ferry also takes visitors to the nearby national park, which is only 3 kilometers away.
The largest of the islands, Veli Brijun, has, among other attractions, a safari park with llamas and zebras, a bird sanctuary in the south of the island, interesting excavation sites and a 24 km long network of cycle paths.
The Beaches of Fazana
The many beautiful beaches of Fazana make this place a popular vacation destination in Istria. In the center of the village, but also in the closer surroundings you will enjoy a whole variety of beautiful bays. Most of them are pebble beaches with amazing sea colors, some of which have even been awarded the Blue Flag.
Especially the southern beach, the so-called Fazana Beach, right below the port, is very popular. It spoils visitors with wonderful vacation flair and cozy beach bars.
The Valbandon Beach with its snow-white sandbank is also fantastic. In addition, the beaches of the two campgrounds Bi Village and AC Pineta, the beach Stara Fazana in the north of the old town and the newly built beach Hidro Baza invite you to spend wonderful days at the beach!
Excursions from Fazana
Thanks to its perfect location, Fazana is the ideal starting point for numerous excursions. Here is a summary of the most beautiful things to do and destinations in the area:
The most important excursion destinations from Fazana are the above mentioned Brijuni National Park with the beautiful Safari Park and the city of Pula, which impresses with a picturesque old town and a Roman amphitheater.
Another highlight is the wonderful port town of Rovinj, which is located about 30 kilometers from Fazana. It is one of the absolutely most beautiful coastal towns in Istria and a trip there is definitely worthwhile!
About 50 kilometers from Fazana is the famous port city of Porec, which enchants with a charming old town.
Where to stay in Fazana
For a beach vacation in Fazana you will find a great offer of accommodations. These are mainly privately run vacation apartments, small B&Bs or camping sites. If you are looking for a perfect accommodation in Fazana, then we can give you these accommodation tips…It’s worth a look!
- Apartment in a great location: The Apartment Oliva is a nice and very clean apartment with parking space, sea view and close to the beach and the old town.
- Apartment with pool: The Apartment Anton is the perfect choice for families or several persons. Fantastic is also the pool and the beautiful terrace.
- Apartment by the sea: The Apartment Rose amazes guests with its proximity to the sea and the city center with numerous shopping opportunities is also not far away.
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