CITY TOUR - NATURAL PARK SALT PANS SEČOVLJE
The Sečovlje salts flats are the northernmost salt flats in the Mediterranean. The salt is produced in the traditional way based on a 700-year-old method that harmonizes man and nature. Over the centuries, a unique habitat has formed for halophytic plants and animals and migrating birds. The cultural heritage, which reflects centuries of work by saltmakers, is extremely rich.
Nowadays, the salt pans exist only in Strunjan and Sečovlje. Besides these, also considered to be a part of the coastal marsh wetlands are the Strunjan lagoons (Stjuža and Pretočna), both of the Fiesa lakes, the Škocjan marshes and the delta of the Rižana River. All the Slovenian coastal wetlands are thus the work of human endeavour, but still in concordance with nature.
The Sečovlje salt pans are today the largest of the coastal marsh wetlands (650 hectares), and at the same time, the most important Slovenian locality from the ornithological point of view. The variety of bird species in this area, from the aspect of nesting and wintering, is much larger than in any other comparable locality of its kind.
A guided tour through Lera lasts for at least one hour and a half, with the tour including a walk some two kilometres' long from the Entrance at Lera to the Visitor Centre and back. During the walk, the guide (a nature conservation supervisor) presents Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (flora, fauna, cultural heritage) and the salt-making procedure to the visitors. In the Visitor Centre, a short film is envisaged to be shown to the visitors, as well as a presentation of the water regime with an interactive scale model of the salt pans.
The Museum of Salt-making is located at Fontanigge along the Giassi Channel, where one of the four restored salt-pan houses with a museal collection and a salt-field with the appertaining inflow channel with seawater is located. The Museum of Salt-making offers a guided tour to visitors as well! The trail along the Dragonja River from the entrance gate to the Museum is about 2.5 km long (one way). The Museum can also be visited by "Solinarka" boat, by bike, by foot and (exceptionally) by bus.
Upon entering the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park in the area Fontanigge are available 25 bikes for free hire. It takes 10 minutes by bike to the Museum.
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