Statesmen's waterfront

At the beginning of the 20th century an 80-meter long wharf was built for the supply of the Austro-Hungarian navy. In time it gradually became the place of departure and arrival from the new fashionable resort of the aristocracy - Veliki Brijun. A well-known fact at the time was that the stay on Brijuni was destined for the élite and guaranteed a place among aristocracy.

On June 20, 1947 Josip Broz Tito for the first time set off from this wharf for the Brijuni Islands. The wharf was also the place of departure for many delegations and heads of state that visited Tito. Each year from 1949 until his death in 1980 Tito spent up to six months at his summer residences on the Islands. For years and years the sound of both the old and new motor yacht "Podgorka" associated the townspeople of Fažana with Tito and his guests for yet another greeting or farewell.

This wharf witnessed the arrival and departure of ninety statesmen from sixty countries of the world. It talks about emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia), Greek king Paul and queen Federica, Nikita Khrushchev (USSR), Celal Bayar (Turkey), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar el Sadat (Egypt), Jawaharlal Nehru (India), Belgian king Baudouin, king of Norway Olav V, Achmed Sukarno (Indonesia), Ibrahim Abboud (Sudan), Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), prince Norodom Sihanouk (Cambodia), Urho Kekkonen (Finland), Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (USSR), Ahmed Ben Bella (Algeria), Antonin Novotny (Czechoslovakia), Ahmed Seku Ture (Guinea), Janos Kadar (Hungary), dr. Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), Habib Bourguiba (Tunisia), Nicolae Ceausescu (Romania), Mobutu Sese –Seko (Congo-Zaire), Hafez al Assad (Syria), grand duke Jean of Luxembourg, queen of the Netherlands Juliana, queen of Great Britain Elizabeth II, J. Tsedenbal (Mongolia), Hau Guofeng (China), Agostinho Neto (Angola), king of Nepal Birendra, Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka), Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, king of Jordan Hussein, Fidel Castro (Cuba), Muammar Gaddafi (Libya) and other statesmen of whom on August 3, 1979 Luis Cabral de Ahmed (Guinea-Bissau) rounded off the wharf's encounters with world statesmen, whereas some 20 days later, on August 29, 1979 Fažana's wharf bid its last farewell to Tito.

It recalls numerous state, party, parliamentary and other delegations, but also evokes memories of Che Guevara, Dolores Ibarruri, Sofia Loren, Carla Ponti, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Yul Briner, Mario del Monaca, Miroslav Krleža, Ivan Meštović, Zinka Kunc, Valentina Tereshkova and other celebrities.