Culture

People of the Dinarides

The specificity of the Dinarides does not consist only of nature, but also of people, who from prehistoric times they live in that area. 70,000 of archaeological sites and buildings are the silent witnesses of different epochs, cultures and civilizations, which have been replacing each other here from the Bronze Era, the Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Venetian Republic, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian... This region of the world has always been a point of attachment and detachment of the different cultures of Europe, which resulted in the creation of three main religions. At times, connecting, at times disconnecting, this cultural diversity is also one of the many amazing features of the Dinarides. However, what has shaped the identity, culture and life in this area more than the world's great civilizations and religions, is nature. Life at the junction of the high karst mountains and the sea, through the centuries built a special type of people – the Dinaric.   To survive, they had to live in unbreakable harmony with nature. Fishing, animal husbandry, traditional crafts and skills in this area are examples of sustainable living and respect for nature. Therefore, this area is nowadays so well preserved, because, in order to survive, people had to respect and protect the nature around them. However, a difficult way of life has led to the emigration of a large number of residents from the area of the Dinarides. Those who remained are presently living in one of the best preserved natural areas of Europe. It is an opportunity and great potential to be successful examples of development of local areas through a combination of agriculture and tourism.

Dinarides are an example proving that in the world there are still areas where the taste and manner of preparation of herbs, meat, cheese, fish, wine, honey, olive oil and other gifts of nature occurred at the junction of the only karst landscape in Europe and Mediterranean has not changed for centuries.