Vrsar – Romantic town

Cave Baredine

This is the moment you realize this is more than just a family vacation! A geomorphologic monument of nature and the first speleologic locality in Istria opened for tourists. Since 1995 opened for visits.

Cave Baredine

History

The cave has been known and visited since times immemorial. The first documented explorations were conducted by speleologists from Trieste at the beginning of the 20th century when those explorers went as far as 80 m into its depth.

It was in the year 1973 that the members of Poreč’s Caving Club Proteus went to the lower part of the cave where they discovered a passage which made it possible for them to go as far as the underground lakes, i. e. to what is today considered to be the total depth of the cave. It was at their initiative that, in 1986, the Baredine Cave was, owing to its very special characteristics and exquisite beauty, proclaimed a monument of nature.

The first concrete efforts to adapt the cave started at the beginning of the 90′s. In May 1995 the cave was opened for tourist visits. In the following years the infrastructure was improved, which created conditions for a pleasant stay in and around the cave.

Since the first proper explorations in the Baredine cave in 1973 until today there have been additional explorations with the aim of finding new, unexplored spaces. Surface pottery has been collected in soil sediments bearing witness to the fact that human beings entered the cave in ancient times and used to live there. Subterranean fauna has also been explored and studied.

The Baredine cave is the first speleological object and the first geomorphological natural monument valorised for tourist visits.

Location

How to reach the cave:

By car: highway Triest – Pula, exit Višnjan/Poreč-nord, continue in the direction of Poreč 5km until you reach the Baredine cave

By bus: workdays the bus drives from Poreč to Višnjan. You have to leave the bus in Nova Vas and continue by foot for 1km until you reach the Baredine cave

Sightseeing

The sightseeing lasts 40 minutes, visitors descend along a 300m long pathway up to 60m below the ground and an underground lake and visit 5 beatifully decorated chambers.

An interesting detail of this adventureous trip is also the encounter with the underground world of animals: visitors will see the human fish (Proteus anguinus Laurenti), endemic in this dinaric karst region- an animal that can be found only in this karst area.

In one of the chambers you will pass along a 4m wide passage that leads vertically 66m down reaching the deepest point of the cave at 132m.

The cave is well-lit and ordered, the pathway and the stairs have firm rails. The temperature is very pleasant 14°C.

Guided tours start every 30 minutes with a guide (included in price) in the following languages: Croatian, Italian, German, English, Russian (with prior announcement Slovenian and French are available).