Valbandon is a residential-touristic settlement located on the western shore of Istria next to the road that connects Fažana with Pula. Valbandon falls under the Fažana Municipality and has a population of 1626 which mostly gravitate and work in Pula. Valbandon area is very fertile and suitable for agriculture, even though hospitality industry and tourism are the main economic activities. The name Valbandon comes from Italian “vala abandonata”, which in free translation means abandoned cove. The name is probably related to the medieval time and The Great Plague which ravaged the city at the time.
Valbandon has a beautiful pebble beach with soft entrance to the sea which makes it suitable for families with kids and older people. Near the beach there are many beach bars, restaurants, sports courts and a sports harbor. The boardwalk by the sea is suitable for sports activities and walks, and it stretches from Puntižela in the south to Bi Village and Fažana in the north. Food and drinks lovers can enjoy a rich gastronomic offer of the restaurants in the area. Every year there is a fiesta “Valbandon ispod čripnje”, where you can try autochthonous Istrian meals prepared in a traditional way under čripnja/pit roast like the octopus, lamb and others.