More about history
For centuries, Nin Salt work gives life. It has nurtured many generations. It has given many plants and animals a home. Love for the salt has transferred from generation to generation. Even the Roman emperors at their feasts enjoyed the salt's abundance of flavors. Roman gate, still located at the salt pans, testify of the age of our salt pan. At those ancient times, salt was exchanged for gold, ounce for ounce, and it is well known that Roman soldiers were paid with our salt. Roman term for this kind of payment was salarium – it is believed that the term „salary“ originates from that.
In 1423, the Venetians bought saltworks on the Adriatic, including the one in Nin, to gain dominance over salt production. There was no production of salt in the area of Nin for five centuries, but life was not taken away. The saltworks area continued to be a living biodynamic ecosystem. The Nin Saltworks reopened in 1954 and lives and produces traditionally, in the same way as it did in the old days. It spreads on the area of 55 acres, located in the shallow lagoon of the Nin Bay. There is no heavy industry or extensive agriculture in the wider area and the area of the Nin Saltworks is located among the five Croatian national parks (Plitvice, Paklenica, Kornati, Sjeverni Velebit and Krka) which additionally testifies about the cleanliness and integrity of its natural surroundings.