Kvarner newsletter / no 19

Vrelo Cave open to children and people with disabilities

The cave of Vrelo, estimated to be approximately four million years old, is a natural attraction of the Gorski kotar region easily accessible by all visitors travelling from the interior to the sea and for those spending their holidays on the Kvarner coast.

The cave of Vrelo in Fužine, located less than half an hour's drive from Rijeka or the Crikvenica-Novi Vinodolski Riviera, was discovered accidentally in the 1950s, during the construction of the Bajer artificial lake. The cave is only 300 metres long but nevertheless very beautiful, with a mountain spring, lake and ponor at a distance of only ca. fifty metres. The cave was open to the public 1998 after installing illumination and constructing walkways and bridges. This cave is also interesting because the walking paths have no stairs, which makes it the only cave in Europe that is accessible for all generations of visitors as well as people with disabilities that can make the tour of the cave in wheelchairs.
All that, and the beautiful landscapes of Gorski kotar and the Fužine area, continues to attract more than 10,000 visitors to the Vrelo cave each year. From mid-June to the 1st of September, the cave is open to the public all day, and in other parts of the year on weekends and by appointment.