Kvarner newsletter / no 8

Fužine
Sculptures exhibited in the cave of Vrelo

To experience a sculpture exhibition in an unusual ambience, we recommend visiting the increasingly popular tourist destination of Fužine in the area of Gorski kotar, located at an elevation of 730 metres, and offering lots of fun and good refreshment in the summer months only half an hour's drive from the coast.

For the third year in the row, during summer months Fužine hosts an interesting exhibition of sculptures in an unusual ambience – the cave of Vrelo. This year's exhibits are by the sculptor Goran Štimac. If you visit this exhibition, you will of course also have the opportunity to learn more about this cave which was accidentally discovered in the middle of the last century, and whose age is estimated at 3.5 to 4 million years. The cave is only 300 metres long, but it is extraordinarily beautiful and richly ornamented with stalactites and stalagmites. Special attractions of the cave are a beautiful source, lake and ponor located only 50 metres from the entrance. The cave of Vrelo was opened to the public and equipped with electric light and walking paths in 1998. It is interesting to mention that due to its easy accessibility, this is the only cave in Europe that is open to children, elderly people and even people with disabilities, since there are no stairs on the walking paths.
Fužine offers its visitors accommodation in a hotel, apartments, holiday houses, guesthouses and private rooms, as well as a packed entertainment programme, including, among other events, the 8th international bikers meeting entitled Frog Stock 2008 in mid July, and the Para Lič 2008 paragliding, hang-gliding and mountain biking competition in the plain of Ličko polje on the 3rd and 4th of August. In the period between the 8th and the 10th of August, Fužine will host the International Wind Orchestra Festival on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the local music orchestra. The 10th Summer Carnival with carnival parade and entertainment programme is scheduled for the 16th of August.