Croatia’s Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković has officially opened the new Olive Museum in Klis just outside of Split on the Dalmatian coast.
The museum is opened by Stella Croatica, which is part of the Stella Croatica Ethno Agro Park in Klis and whose program was supported by the Split-Dalmatia County through cooperation in the field of heritage preservation and improvement of the tourist offer.
“We created a museum divided into four basic parts. The first part is a story about olive development, the second part is an emphasis on varieties, the third part is dedicated to harvesting, processing and storage, and in the last part of the museum we explain to visitors how to recognise extra virgin olive oil and how to use it properly,” said the museum’s business manager Marin Jerković.
The museum is a special space dedicated to the olive, which has provided for many Dalmatian families throughout history, Jerković added.
The director of the Split Tourist Board, Joško Stella, believes the new museum is important and the olive is a product which has had a positive effect in terms of marketing for Croatia.
“In cooperation with the county, we do a series of educational workshops where we bring students to our property and introduce them to olive oil. I thank the county for supporting our approach to schools so we can showcase workshops supported by the principal. Unfortunately, the pandemic did its thing so we haven’t been able to maintain them for the last two years,” said Andrija Polić, owner of Stella Croatica.
He also pointed out that he expects good tourist attendance this year.
“In 2019, there were over 50,000 visitors. Because of the coronavirus, there were around 9,000 visitors last year, and this year we expect more visits than last year. We really have something to offer them, traditional and natural heritage, as well as agricultural culture,” concludes Polić.
All components of the park are financed by EU pre-accession and structural funds through the Agency for Payments in Agriculture.
Photo: Rade Popadic/Dalmacija Danas