Open Door Day on Thursday and Every Two Weeks at Solana Nin

Lauren Simmonds

Nin, a small town in Zadar County of just over 1,000 inhabitants (over 2,000 in the municipality), is well known throughout Croatia for its long history and its traditional saltworks. 

As Morski writes on the 11th of June, 2019, Nin’s saltworks, Solana Nin, where all of the town’s saltwork is still done traditionally and by hand, is set to open its doors to interested visitors on June the 13th, 2019. What this means is that it will be possible for locals and visitors alike to visit Solana Nin and its Salt Museum for free.

The salt in Nin has been being cultivated in the same way for 1,500 years, as has been evidenced previously by archaeological discoveries from the Illyrian and the Roman period, just to name two.

Just two years ago, a terrible flood all but destroyed Nin’s precious saltworks, as the water flooded all of the buildings, as well as the salt pools themselves. Despite the enormous levels of damage to the area, the salt managed to recover, and today, visitors to this significant part of town are able to see the tools with which the salt has been collected throughout history, as well as an exhibition space, the interior of which is coated with salt.

Although this event has been announced as an ”open doors days, hinting at it being very much a one-time thing for visitors to be able visit Solana Nin free of charge, this practice will actually be repeated every two weeks going forward.

It is interesting to note that the production of salt here is still done by hand, as it always used to be, so, in addition to baring witness to the finished product, it is possible to experience the entire process itself, which will give anyone who is planning to come to Nin over the next few days an additional reason to visit.

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