on the south-western Istrian coast, on the road Fažana –
half a mile from the sea.
The remains of the Roman villa at the archeological sites of Dragonera and Maric prove that a place was already a popular vacation destination for the patricians' families.
Surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, olive trees and vineyards and far away from the noise and crowd, Peroj is perfect for those searching for calm and relaxation. However, the proximity of destinations like Vodnjan, Pula and Rovinj enables its guests to find there more fun and activities.
In addition, it offers splendid views of the Brijuni National Park and Fazana channel.
MALARIA, PLAGUE and CHOLERA
Formerly named Casale Petriolo, Petroro, Pedrolo, Pretroriolum and its area were continuously inhabited throughout prehistory, Antiquity, early middle ages and then devastated by numerous epidemics at the end of the middle ages.
After several epidemics of plague, cholera and malaria (from the 12th untill the 1561) Istria had lost two-thirds of its population, and Peroj's inhabitants were all dead. The ruling Venetian Republic tried to populate Peroj area three times with no success.
In 1644, there were only three Cypriots remained from the previous attempts of colonization.
MONTENEGRINS SAVED PAROJ
Finally, after the death of these last inhabitants, in 1657, the Venetian Senate decided to accept 15 families from Montenegro.
On the 21st July 1657, 15 families (77 people) came from the Cernizza region in Montenegro to Peroj to escape the ottoman occupation. Ten families came with their leader Miso Braikovic and other five families with the Priest Ljubotina. This is why 1657 is considered to be the founding year of modern Peroj.
The most important document at the time (no longer exists in its original form), the "Charter of Peroj" testifies the importance to keep the newly arrived immigrants. According to the Charter the surrounding pastures and woods were assigned to the settlers "for all times to be.”
Even nowadays, 350 years after, Peroj is mostly inhabited with the descendents of these immigrants, carrying the surnames Brcela, Draković, Brajić, Vučeta, and Ljubotina. In addition, they have succeeded in preserving their ethnic identity, customs, faith, language and Cyrillic alphabet which is visible on the tombstones.
The Peroj celebration day takes place on the third Saturday in July to commemorate the arrival of Montenegrin emigrants.
WHO is LADONJA and WHERE to find it?
You are going to find it in the village square, and you are going to like its shadow. Yes, you have guessed: it is the name of the centuries-old tree.
40 OLIVES FOR MARRIAGE
Peroj is known for the production of wine and high quality olive oil. The tradition linked with olives is seen in the former usage by which young men were required to plant 40 olive trees in order to get married.
Just one kilometers from the village center, the Peroj’s coast composed of limestone rocks and pebbly beaches stretches to the bays Portić, Marić and Dragonera.
Accommodation is offered in private houses and apartments as well as in cottages in the surrounding villages.
Peroj is part of different cycling routes:
327 Kazuni and Suhozidi
326 Ulike Vasianum
Public hunting area of Peroj, under the direction of the Jedinstvo hunting association from Vodnjan, is at the disposal of the hunters.
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Tennis courts are in nearby Vodnjan, 5 km from Peroj.
Tenis Centar Vodnjan
52 215 Vodnjan
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COMMING by CAR
If you drive from Vodnjan towards Fazana turn right before Fazana and after few kilometres you will arrive in Peroj.
If you drive towards Vodnjan than at the exit of Fazana find the indication to turn left.
Tourist office is situated in Vodnjan.
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52 215 Vodnjan
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