The first ornithological park in Istria

In Palud cove, 8 kilometres southwest of Rovinj-Rovigno, is the only ornithological park in Istria. Palud is a natural depression in close vicinity to the sea, which because of the inflow of water from the surrounding hills and plateaus, as well as springs on the northern side has turned into a swamp.

In 1906 when there was an Austro-Hungarian military base in Barbariga, a 200-meter-long canal was dug from the swamp to the sea. This was done to increase salinity of the marsh water and so prevent the development of mosquito larvae that were the main transmitters of malaria.

By connecting the sea and swamp Palud gained its new inhabitants such as grey mullet and eel, fish that are found in areas where seawater mixes with freshwater. Older people of the Rovinj-Rovigno area recall seeing even other species of fish in the swamp that came in search of food. The great variety and number of resident and migratory bird species is surely the most important feature of this unique swamp.

Opening hours:
I - VI: 08:00 - 19:00
VII - VIII: 08:00 - 21:00
IX - XII: 08:00 - 19:00

entrance free for individual visitors
organized tours only by appointment

Entrance tickets with expert guide included:
Adults: 30 kn
Preschool children and seniors: 25 kn
Primary - school children: 25 kn

Natura Histrica Public Institution
JU-EP Natura Histrica
Riva 8, HR-52100 Pula-Pola
T. +385 (0)52 351 520


Praises from abroad to Istria

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  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
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  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

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Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.