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Brijuni Riviera – a tourism megaproject on the Istrian coast

23 November 2011 No Comment

According to many, Istria is a region that is, along with Dubrovnik, the most developed tourism area in Croatia. It will soon flourish even more because recently a 350 million euro Brijuni Riviera project has been launched. The project includes construction of luxury hotels, sports centres and cultural contents, on 23 km of the western coast of Istria, just opposite the world famous Brijuni islands.

Brijuni Riviera is the name of the company that was founded by the state and the Istrian county. Its job is to give out concessions on the coastal area opposite Brijuni, which encircles three locations. These are the island Sveta Katarina – Monumenti, Hidrobaza in the area of Pula and Pineta in Fažana. For each of the three areas there will be a tender by which contractors will be chosen for the construction of hotels, apartments and two nautical marinas.

They will have concession rights for 66 years. Investments are expected to be around 350 million euros.

Pineta is located eight kilometres from Pula. Numerous four and five star hotels, with 650 beds all together as well as sports and recreation facilities, are expected to be built there.
Hidrobaza is located in the far northwest part of Pula. By one concept, there should be five or six four star hotels built there, with 1000 beds and by another concept it should be a tourist resort with a hotel and three and four star villas.

The island Sveta Katarina and Monumenti is located on the north side of Pula harbour.
Two nautical harbours are expected to be built there, with a total capacity of 600 berths in the sea and a dry marina with 1000 berths with according facilities, a four or five star hotel with a capacity of 200 beds and various public use facilities as well as a gastronomy centre.

With the Brijuni Riviera project Istria is to become the most prestigious destination of the Mediterranean. Brijuni will not be offered on the tender, but plans are made for the upgrading of their tourist offer from concession charges funds. The plan does not include the construction of new tourism facilities on Brjuni but the plan is to raise the existing facilities to the highest category level. The existing hotels on the island are the hotel Neptun, Istra and Karmen. There are also three villas; Lovorka, Primorka and Dubravka which are a part of the Brijuni National Park. Villa Lovorka was renovated last year. By the end of this year the plan is to renovate all the 30 rooms in Hotel Istra, which is a part of Hotel Neptun, as well as the construction of a wellness centre, after which the hotel would receive its fourth star. The three year plan includes the renovation of all the other hotels and villas.

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