Cave Strašna Peć, a source of some pretty wild legends
Once ago, the fairies have agreed to divide the island into two parts, on its narrowest side. They have worked on it all night until the dawn came. They have remained captive, their work unfinished, and the cave now serves as a proof of fairy sacrifice.
An experience to remember
Stop by the cave Strašna peć for a memorable experience where you can find excitement and romance wrapped into one. The very entrance to the cave will impress you. It is 7 meters high and 10 meters wide, placed on the sea altitude of 70 meters.
The iron gates at the entrance of the cave and the access stairway from the sea were set up and decorated at the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franjo Josip’s orders. He has visited the cave in 1904. and was fascinated by its beauty.
Why Strašna peć?
As soon as you enter the very first hall of the cave, you will find yourself stricken by its beauty. Mother nature has shown all of its power and magic here. Space is formed like the vaults of a Gothic Basilic, and the daylight which penetrates the cave will stage a game of light and shadow for you to make you feel like you have entered the underworld. In case you notice some fairy dust, that means that the fairies from the underground have come out and walked the halls of Strašna peć.
A romantic and wild beauty
The picturesque cave and its beauty will touch your soul. Prince Edward VIII and Mrs. Wallis Simpson came to witness its beauty as well.
The cave is a speleological, historical, ecological and tourist destination. It is prepared and illuminated for visitors up to the depth of 800 meters. The central stalactite of 6 meters in Strašna peć is 6,000 years old. Stalactites and stalagmites grow just one millimeter per year. These are the greatest masterpieces of nature.
Who’s the most famous inhabitant of the cave?
Even if various biological species are permanent residents of this cave, there’s only one mammal: bat. The largest bat colony in this part of Europe is located in Strašna peć.
How to reach the cave?
The best way to reach the cave is to leave your car on the main road and walk on foot towards it. Bring enough fluids and take a slow walk while enjoying the landscape. If Emperor Franjo Josip could reach it on foot, you can too.
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By: Jasna Šikić