Sv. Jerolim Island
Sv. Jerolim Island is close to Štinjan and it belongs to Brijuni archipelago. The island has a recognizable shape of a fish. The length of Sv. Jerolim is 562 m, and the highest point is 19 m high. The island is open for public, and the island service of Brijuni takes care of the security. In the northern part there are stone piers and a small harbor that can hold up to 10 boats. You can swim and snorkel in the water, while diving and fishing are strictly prohibited. Sv. Jerolim Island is a well-known destination for excursion, which can take up to 200 people during the summer. They mostly arrive with boats from Pula and Fažana. There is a cafe, showers, barbecue and fresh water on the island. Even though it is inhabited, there are goats that live there along with 20 peacocks and a large group of seagulls.
Recommended tour to visit Sv. Jerolim Islands & Brijuni Islands
This tour will be arranged on a board of the comfortable ship around the Brijuni National Park and will last 5 hours. The Park is located on the islands in the sea. This place is famous because of its former owner Josip Broz Tito, who had a very rare hobby – he collected exotic animals. You will have a guide on the board of the ship, who will conduct a sightseeing tour around all islands of the National Park and will tell lots of interesting facts about the islands and its famous owners.
History of Sv. Jerolim Island
During the Austrian-Hungarian occupation, Sv. Jerolim Island belonged to the Austrian family which have built a villa on top of the island with a backyard, two wells and a small chapel dedicated to the patron St Jerolim, which gave the name to the island. Even though the chapel is non-existent, the remains of the foundation are still visible. There was a quarry on the island built and exploited during the Austrian-Hungarian occupation, and sleeping rooms were made from the stone from the island.
The stone was also transported to Pula, Veli Brijun and Venice. There is a cave on the island that were used as a shelters to the residents of Štinjan during the World War II bombings. From the end of the war to the independency of Croatia in the 90s, island was used by the Slovenians as a resort for the disabled and girls from correctional facilities. In the beginning of the 90s, the island became a part of the National Park Brijuni Islands.
Sv. Jerolim Island, Štinjan