Natural attractions

Palud: ornithological park

In Palud cove, 8 kilometres southwest of Rovinj, 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:
01.01. - 30.06.2022: 08:00 - 19:00
01.07. - 31.08.2022: 08:00 - 21:00
01.09. - 31.12.2022: 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

Expert guided birdwatching
For maximum of 8 persons in one group with 2 hours duration of the visit
Only by appointment
Price includes birdwatching equipment
Adults: 50 kn
Children up to 15 years: 40 kn

Natura Histrica Public Institution
JU-EP Natura Histrica
Riva 8, HR-52100 Pula-Pola
T. +385 (0)52 351 528

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