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Lokve - Lokvarka cave open to visitors once again

Blogginlägg   •   Aug 08, 2012 11:07 CEST

Cave Lokvarka is the deepest cave in the country which has been re-opened for tourists and visitors. Due to the deterioration of infrastructure, in particular electrical installations and staircases, it has been renovated with the help of a loan from the World Bank.

New staircases, treads and railings have been made, electrical installations changed and lighting fixtures replaced by a non-invasive cold light, which prevents heating of the cave, saves energy and is environmentally friendly. The system has been equipped with so-called panic lighting which turns on if a power failure occurs and allows a safe exit from the cave. They also set up new doors which are tailored for the smooth flight of bats.

The reconstruction of infrastructure for visitors was financed through the Project of integration EU NATURA 2000 (World Bank loan) administered by the Ministry of Environment and Nature.

Lokvarka Cave was discovered in 1911. Since 1935, when electricity was introduced, and later, when the iron staircase was constructed, it has become an increasingly important part of the tourism offer of Lokve. About ten thousand people visit the cave each year.
The length of the cave canal is about 1200 meters, the height difference from the entrance to the bottom is about 270 meters and temperatures range from 6.5 to 8 degrees Celsius. The entrance to the cave is located at an altitude of about 780 meters, has several galleries or levels, with four accessible to visitors.

In 1961, because of its extraordinary beauty, diversity and richness of cave decorations, Lokvarka was declared a protected monument of nature and it was included in the National Ecological Network as a habitat for endemic cave animals.

The Tourist Board of Primorje-Gorje County
www.kvarner.hr

The Tourist Board of Lokve
www.tz-lokve.hr