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 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.
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
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.