Explore Olive gardens of Lun
One of the most difficult skills of our modern age is understanding how to inherit something. An heir is not one who has been given a legacy by chance, but one who has decided to preserve a particular heritage.
Main locations in Olive gardens of Lun are:
2000 years old olive tree
1600 years old olive tree
The watering site was built at the beginning of 17th century with it’s original two-level design. It was the only source of fresh water in many dry seasons, both for people and animals.
By the end of 19th century when first water tanks was built, it has become animal drinking site and it was used as source of laundry washing water.
Just by the water source, there is significant bush of a tree called Adni Casti Fructus (Konopljika), otherwise known as “The friars pepper”. This plant got it’s name by the friars who used to plant this tree in vicinity of their monasteries and used it as a spice. On the area of Olive gardens of Lun this is a self-grown tree and can be found in practically every corner of this area.
Stage and auditorium that hosted lots of concerts and theater plays under starry, summer sky in tranquil natural ambience surrounded with millennial wild olive trees.
Dry stone walling
The most imposing feature of this landscape – dry stone walls – were created as a result of land clearing for farming purposes. An enormous amount of stones were cleared from fields and then piled into walls to protect the cleared land. This walls are exceptionally high (cca. 1,80m) and wide (in some places more than 2m) and provide quality fences for pathways and property. Stone spikes called “ozuba” were placed on top of the walls to prevent sheep from jumping over and destroying the crops.
Lace of Lun
“I am called the “Lace of Lun” because my trunk is embroidered with innumerable holes and looks as if it was woven by some elder woman and then left there for eternity. This is a rarity that has no scientific explanation. It is as if nature knew where to imprint lace made with love of the island’s embroiderers. And there again, nature has played it’s miraculous game.”
In southern part of olive groove, on higher ground, at the end of blind gravel road, you can experience fantastic panoramic view to rest of olive groove on right side and sea, islands Cres, Lošinj, Dolfin and Laganj on the left side of the horizon. Ideal spot for fantastic photo.
Olive trees in this area are propagated exclusively from seeds. From shrubs, they slowly grow into trees. While olive tree is still a bush, sheep nibbles its leaves, creating unintentionally a variety of forms that look as if they were formed by an artist. In this area, there are many such examples.