Metković

Croatia
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The town of Metković is the second largest town in Dubrovnik-Neretva county and is on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, some twenty kilometres from the Adriatic Sea. Together with its inclu­sive settlements of Vid, Prud, Dubravica and Glušce, it cov­ers some 51 square kilometres. According to the census of 2001, there were 15384 inhab­itants, of whom 96,42% were Croatian, 2,11% were Serbian, and 1,47% other nationalities. Population density is ap­proximately 300 per square ki­lometre.
Among the many ancient remains in the area the most prominent is Narona, an ancient Roman town found in today’s village of Vid. Along with Salona and Jader (today’s Zadar), Narona was a major city in the ancient Roman province of Dalmatia. Recent archaeological finds have lead experts to believe that the town continued to exist after the Roman empire, well into the Middle Ages. This is supported by the early Christian basilica at Erešove bare, which was built in the 7th century on the ruins of a 3rd-century Roman Villa rustica. The greatest feature of Narona is the original Augustean temple from 10BC, found in the middle of the ancient town forum. The first Croatian on site (in situ) museum was built right above it – the Archaeological Museum Narona in Vid.
The new settlers into the area – the Slavs, Bulgarians and Avars – came into what was then Byzantium, the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. In early Middle Ages the Neretva area was inhabited by Croatian tribes. The main activity of Medieval people in Neretva was piracy at sea, like in neighbouring Pagania, the land of pagan, non-Christian pirates, between the rivers Cetina and Neretva. The early Croatian state in the south was called Neretva Principality, to which Venetians used to pay a toll to gain free passage at sea. The Croatian duke Domagoj was believed to be from this principality; for Venetians he was „the worst Croatian duke“ („dux pessimus Croatorum“).
In the 14th century the valley was invaded by Bosnian kings Stjepan II. Kotromanić, Tvrtko and Herceg Stjepan Vukčić Kosača, as well as the counts Radivojević, Jurjević and Vlatković. The Turks built a tower at Kula Norinska in the 15th century for easier control of the traffic across the Neretva Valley; the remains of this mighty tower are well preserved and can be seen off the main road between Metković and Opuzen.

The role of Roman Narona was taken over by the port town of Drijeva, which was probably situated on the right bank of the river Neretva in today’s Gabela. It is believed to have been a major trading post for a wide range of goods, such as cloth, wax, salt and spices, as well as slaves. It was mentioned frequently by public notaries in the Republic of Dubrovnik. These also mentioned the town of Metković in the 15th century, in a document from 1422 kept at the State Archive in Dubrovnik. Metković was first depicted on a map in 1570 by Venetian cartographer Jacopo Gastaldi. The 15th and 16th centuries were characterized by conflicts between the Turks and the Venetians. The Treaty of Požarevac in 1718 determined the border between the Turkish Empire and the Venetian Republic. After this the Venetians destroyed and abandoned Gabela and founded a new port on the River Neretva, in today’s Metković. 

Predolac cave

Predolac cave

Predolac cave is a home to a unique cave shellfish “Congeria”, a living fossil, a tertiary relic and unique species to the Dinarid Alps. There are many other animal species living exclusively underground, but those who live in surface waters. All this in one locality that’s unique in the world. Currently Predolac cave is closed.

Excursions

Thematic tourist road “Neretva the valley of life” is a part of the rural tourism offer of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region. The river Neretva unites this particular area of a fertile valley, which yields numerous natural riches. The diversity of the fauna has been preserved in ornithological reserves and the Ornithological Collection of the Natural Museum in Metković. The photo-safari along the Neretva backwaters and lakes, in the traditional craft, will reveal, besides the wonderful nature, the tales about sunken cities, the remains of ancient Roman villas. The Archaeological Museum Narona in Vid, built above the Augusteum, a temple dedicated to the emperor Augustus, witnesses about the existence of life in the area ever since Antiquity. Until now, such complete, artistically perfect and archaeologically valuable group of statues has not been found anywhere, except in Rome.There is also a special gastronomical story here – specialties made of fish and frogs caught in the Neretva and autochthonous Neretva stew made of eel and frogs, as well as the very special and increasingly savoury wines of the area.
Those who value long walks, town offers a variety of trails through significant landscape Predolac-Šibanica, or if you prefer cycling, you can explore landscapes from Prud-Dragovija-Vid MTB bike route.
By its geographical position Metković is an ideal starting point for shorter and longer excursions. Kitesurfing and windsurfing enthusiasts can enjoy at the mouth of the Neretva only 20 km from the town center. Estuary is ideal place for photographers as it is rich in various light phenomena, the effect of meeting the sky, sea, sand, clouds, and sudden changes in wind direction.Absolutely gorgeous are Baćina and Kuti lakes, coastal towns such as Blace, Komarna and Klek.
From Metković to Medjugorje and Mostar you have half an hour drive and hour or more to Ston, Dubrovnik and Split.
Natural history museum

Natural history museum

The best example of a rich and diverse bird population of the Neretva delta can be observed in the ornithological collection in Metković. Founded by famous Croatian ornithologist Dragutin Rucner. Unfortunately, the dalmatian pelican, griffon duck and marbled teal are gone, but even today we can see bitterns and ferruginous ducks nesting in the Neretva delta. The delta is an important resting place for millions of migratory birds but also a popular destination for many nature lovers. Today, the ornithological collection is part of the Natural History Museum in Metković.

The Natural History Museum is open weekdays from 9 to 16, and Saturdays from 9 to 14. During public holidays, the museum is closed.

Regular ticket prices are 30 kn for individual visitors, while students and pensioners pay 20 kunas. Family ticket is 50 kn and group price (for 10 or more pupils) is 15 kn per person. Children under 7 years, the disabled, members of ICOM, CMS and related associations have free entrance.

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Contact

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grad@metkovic.hr
address
Stjepana Radića 1, HR-20350, Metković
phone
+385 (0) 20 681 395
Fax: +385 (0) 20 681 020