„Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.”
Pythagoras (580 BC - 500 BC)
Without any doubts Pythagoras said smart words about salt in BC time. Salt was of high value to the Jews, Greeks, Romans and the Chinese and other people of antiquity. Although nowadays salt is one of the most common ingredients on our table, in the past it was called „white gold“ because it was fundamental for the preservation of food.
Salt has played a prominent role in determining the power and location of the world's great cities. Salt created and destroyed empires. One of this big empires was Roman empire who left many salt works after them.
Croatia has a very diverse history linked with salt works. Historically, in terms of salt in Croatia, the oldest known document comes from the year 542 CE and is linked to the former Brijuni Saltworks. One of the oldest salt pans in Europe, in Croatia, in Ston, a coastal town just north of Croatia's Adriatic pearl, Dubrovnik, are said to date to Roman times too. But the first written mention was in 1272 in the Statutes of the Ragusan Republic - a small, independent state around Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was known. The statutes set strict rules for the production, storage and sale of Ston's salt.
A four-day-long festival dedicated to the ancient tradition of salt production will take place in Ston, 30 August 2018-2 September 2018. The purpose of this event, the 2nd edition of the Festival of Salt, is to remember and celebrate Ston's past and dedicate a celebration to the precious salt, re-enacting the past traditions and proposing various themed attractions: traditional products and handcrafts fair (every day), wine, honey and olive oil tasting and sale, workshops for children, traditional dance and music etc..
We recommend you create some memories, with a pinch of salt to help spice up your stay in Croatia! For more information visit the official website of the Tourist Board of Ston, attend on festival and tag your photos on Instagram. #festivalofsalt#elitetravel