27 Aug Natural heritage
Discover natural heritage
MARINA Tourist board recommends visiting:
Stari (“Old”) Trogir Cove – Sevid – a culturally protected archeological site, is one of the most well-known sandy coves in the area. The remains of a large, luxurious maritime villa which remains partially hidden beneath the sea’s surface.
“Jama na Valjalo” – Najevi – is a natural dry well located in the village of Najevi, upon Valjalo hill. At 370 m above sea level, its interior is adorned with flowers, trees and corals. Speleologists believe that the pit is 90 m deep, perhaps even deeper.
Gomila Cave near Blizna Donja village – This secret cave has a remarkable depth of 30 m, an impressive 220 m2 hall, and beautifully adorned with layers of icicles and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites, a sight rarely seen even by speleologists.
First asphalt mine Minera – Here, at the Minera asphalt mine in Opatija, asphalt was first mined during the 19th century under the supervision of engineer Gustav Herman. Situated under Boraševica Hill on a slope north of Vinišće, the business was conducted and financed by the Rothschild Company from Vienna. Herman was succeeded by Henrico Hurting as the foreman in charge of the works. The finished product was then exported to Venice and Germany by “trabakuls“ (luggers), as well as for construction uses within Croatia. The site’s administrative building was built in 1835 at the foot of Boraševica Hill, with surrounding steam-powered auxiliary buildings and grinding mills for converting the mineral into a fine powdery base.
Villa Rustica at Japlena Gomila site – The ancient Villa Rustica (Roman Villa for retired military personnel) can be seen at the Japlena Gomila site. Situated in the Na Podan Dragoševac area, it is located on the north shore of the Vinišće Bay, at the great plain’s southeastern rim. A Communal Home was built after the Second World War, rearranging the layers with archaeological remnants of ancient building remains. During construction projects, ancient walls and ancient ceramics were continually discovered and unearthed. It is assumed that a Roman pier existed on the Japlena Gomila site next to the Villa rustica. Its existence, exact location and size will be confirmed with future underwater archaeological explorations.