Vižula Peninsula Entrance Closed for Archaeological Park Renovation

Lauren Simmonds

Medulin will up its game from sea and sunshine to history, culture and above all – archaeology.

As Morski writes on the 26th of February, 2018, the entrance to the peninsula of Vižula is closed today due to advanced works being carried out within the framework of the European project for the design of the archaeological park.

The Municipality of Medulin has informed locals that the entire peninsula has been transformed into a construction site which, for security reasons, has had necessary measures implemented to prevent access. Boat are invited to visit the Municipality (Ivan Siljan, phone 099/813-9496) to agree on how to reach their boats by car.

Cultural tourism

The project at Vižula is the most valuable in the Medulin Municipality, amounting to a more than considerable 19.6 million kuna, of which 16 million kuna has been allocated from European Union, while the rest is financed by the Municipality and the Tourist Association of Medulin, according to a report by Glas Istre.

During the very first phase, excavations will be carried out, after which, the layout of the promenade will be renovated. The area currently being excavated lies in the western part where a floor mosaic was recently discovered, which belonged to a Roman villa from the 1st century. Numerous other artefacts have been discovered in the same area, all of which will be properly documented, recorded and presented in an appropriate way to the public. Despite the significant archaeological discoveries found in the general area, the ongoing works will not be hindered, and they’re scheduled to be totally completed by September next year.

After the necessary studies were carried out, an agreement was signed in January with the Austrian company Airborne Technologies Gmbh. By the beginning of the tourist season, a walkway should be arranged, and most other works will be done by the end of the year. Next year, tactical models and the 3D visualisation of the ancient reality of the area will come to fruition.

Mayor Buic says that after the realisation of this project, the Municipality of Medulin will be positioned not only as a destination for family tourism and summer sunshine, but also as a destination for both cultural and archaeological tourism.

Archaeology school

At the entrance to the park there will be a ramp and info point, while ten rest areas will be arranged along the path. On the part of the peninsula above the site of the Roman villa, there will be two areas for education, more specifically, an archaeology school.

Vižula will also get two catering facilities, which will be designed to incorporate a children’s playground, and in the woods, an eco-adrenaline playground. Public lighting will be solar powered, and video surveillance will seek to properly protect the entire site. The Park, according to the project creator’s idea, should become a recognisable brand of the Medulin Municipality that will hopefully act as a trigger for more and more tourists.


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