Štinjan (ital. Stignano) is a suburban area located above the northern shore of Pula Bay in the direction of Fažana, across Brijuni Islands. Štinjan belongs under administration of Pula which is only 5 km away. There are 1360 residents in Štinjan. Their main activities are tourism, fishing, construction and their economy is related to Pula. The center is known for its main square – “Štinjanska placa”, which features the Church of St Margaret, a store, bakery and other. Lately, there have been an increase in the scope of the touristic offer and accommodation. The patron of the place is St Margaret.
Main city beach – Štinjan Cove, is located 700 meters from the center of the town. It is a place of great natural beauty, clean sea, thick pine woods and fascinating sunsets. The main beach is because of its soft entrance, ideal for family vacation, and even pets are allowed at the beach. There are many facilities in Štinjan Cove for an active vacation, such as beach volleyball courts, jet-ski, aqua park and parasailing. For party lovers, there are numerous beach bars that are open until the morning during the summer. Besides the main beach, swimming is allowed in other coves as well. During the summer, there are a lot of festivities and manifestations in Štinjan, such as gastro event “Dani tartufa” (Days of the truffles). High-quality specialties can be tasted in the restaurants such as Restaurant Šurida, Bistro Campo, Tavern Dub…
Next to Štinjan there are two beautiful islands: Sv.Jerolim and Kozada (Kotež), which belong to Brijuni archipelago. Hill Turula is definitely worth a visit with its beautiful view over the Štinjan waters. On top of Brdina (Grosso) there is an old fort with an amazing view on Štinjan coast, Pula and Sv. Jerolim and Kozada. At Proština Peninsula, there is an old Austrian-Hungarian fort Punta Christo, which features some of the most famous musical festival in Europe during the summer, such as: Outlook, Dimensions, Seasplash, Future Nature… Near Štinjan there is Puntižela resort which has a camp, restaurants, bars and a hostel. Beautiful beach and maintained coast are some of the reasons why many people visit Puntižela each year. You can reach Valbandon and Fažana via the boardwalk, and Fažana itself also features a beautiful boardwalk by the sea.
- Hostels in Štinjan: Hostel Step, Hostel Brioni (ex Puntižela)
- Restaurants in Štinjan: Tavern Dub, Šurida, Bistro Campo…
- Camps in Štinjan: Camp Brioni (ex Puntižela).
Štinjan is populated since the early times, when surrounding hill Kaštelir, Kašćuni and Špeh were still populated. In Roman times, Štinjan was called Astinianum and represented the agricultural area for Romans from Pula. There were many sanctuaries in Štinjan area, along with baths, walls and fabric factory which were destroyed in the time of Austrian ruling.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Štinjan belongs to the Venice after the 13th century, and in 15th century, the Slavs began to repopulate this area. During the The Great Plague in the 16th century, population barely survives, and the place itself is devastated. In the 17th century a Church of St Margaret was built and the saint has become the patron of the place. Štinjan became a part of Pula’s defense system, after Pula and Štinjan fell under Austrian authority, and Pula became a main naval port for the Monarch in the 19th century. Many military objects were built in that period, and fort Punta Christo is most notable. After the fall of Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, Štinjan belongs to Italy and is called Stignano. The Italian have built a Hidrobaza with the infrastructure which was demolished during World War II. Devastated remains of this base and military objects are still visible today. After the end of World War II, Štinjan became a part of Yugoslavia, and from 1991 a part of Republic of Croatia.
Štinjan natural attractions
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. Read more
Kozada Island is an inhabited island and a part of the National Park Brijuni Islands. It is located right next to Sv. Jerolim Island. The length of an island is 460 m, and there is a devastated pier on the northeastern side. There are visible remains of hidrobaza which was built in 1913. Read more
Štinjan historical attractions
Punta Christo Fort
Punta Christo is an old Austrian fort near Štinjan, which was built in the end of the 19th century. Its main function was to defend Pula harbor from the north and Fažana Channel from the south. As part of Pula’s defense system, it was located in Sector II of Pula Coastal Region (germ. Küstenabschnitt Pola). The fort was built on a hill, 45 meters above the sea level, which enables it to overlook the whole Pula waters. Inside, there are three courtyards which enables entrance to the underground rooms. Read more