Fažana is a village,a municipality, a small port and fishermen's centre in the south-western part of Istrian. It is located 8 km northwest from Pula right in front of the Brijuni Islands. It's very easy to reach the Island from the Fazana since is the starting point for excursions to the National Park Brijuni provided with a a daily boat transfer. The town dates from the ancient Roman times when its name was Vasanium and was well-known for manufacturing amphorae, vases and tiles. Infact, in order to revive the Roman history every July, visitors can enjoy the revial of the Fažana Riviera's Roman past, taste the food the Romans used to eat, and explore their creative side in the workshops of Roman mosaics, amphoras, or even try their hand at a culinary contest where food is made in a "čripnja" - a round dish meant for open-air cooking. In the old town centre which dates back from medieval times visitors can see the parish church of SS. Cosmas and Damian (XV century) picturesque squares, old close-built houses, narrow stone paved streets as well as three churches (St. Mary of Mount Carmel – IX century, St. John's XVI cent., St. Eliseus – VI cent.) . The long fishing tradition of this town has resulted in a Fishing academy, where all the people enrolled learn to salt this staple of Adriatic cuisine. Near the town center, the Sardine park along the Fažana promenade brings together different artistic creations, and hosts numerous fish-themed public festivals. During these festivals, held many times during the summertime visitors have a chance to try and learn how to prepare the fish in various diverse ways. Anyway except for its fishing tradition Fažana is known for its autochtonous wine and olive oil. In the many local restaurants guests can taste exquisite fish and meat dishes, authentic local food served with the Istrian malvasia, made of an autochtonous variety of grape. Visitors to the Fažana Riviera, aside from the gorgeous beaches, have access to numerous biking routes, golf courses, windsurfing school, local manifestation.
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