“Once a shepherdess, and today a milkmaid Mare from Kotišina will take you through her hamlet, a magical place. They will tell you interesting stories, some instructive, touching, and some fun and scary. A small, magical and green village located at the foot of Biokovo, only two kilometers from Makarska, will tell you wonderful stories and awaken researchers in you "is the narrative of three new thematic interpretive walks in the village of Koština near Makarska.
If you like to experience new experiences while walking in nature and get educated, then it is definitely time to visit Kotišina and choose one of the three thematic interpretive walks through which the shepherdess and milkmaid Mare will take you.
Three new thematic interpretive walks in the village of Kostina near Makarska are the result of the project "Revitalization of cultural and historical heritage of the hamlet of Kotišina", funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds. Interpretation walks are intended for tourists, as well as agencies as a new quality and attractive tourist content in the area of Makarska.
As part of the project, the Veliki Kaštel Interpretation Center will be opened, which is based on a tactile experience, so that every visitor will be in direct contact and interaction with multimedia installations that are integrated on the floors. As such, the Interpretation Center will be the central place for the interpretation and presentation of the cultural and natural heritage of Kotišin, through three themes of the exhibition: archaeological, ethnological and natural heritage.
We bring a description of three new thematic interpretive walks in the village of Kostina near Makarska.
Kotišina is a place of inspiration
Visit to the heritage of Kotišina, ie the church of St. Ante from the 17th century, the church of St. Martin from the 13th - 14th century, the Interpretation Center and the Biokovo Botanical Garden Kotišina will be spiced up by the dairy Mare. Mljekarica Mare, a Polish woman and a Makarska bride, a master of political science and a lover of Croatian history, is a licensed tourist guide and a certified Heritage Interpreter. Mare, real name Agata, the so-called storytelling works with a lot of love and passion, and most interestingly - costumed. As a "milkmaid Mare", she delights with her appearance and is the best possible heritage promoter for the city of Makarska. On unusual tours, he tells stories about the Franciscans and former life in this area, about the world of plants as a perfect place for inspiration and about the history and tradition of the region. It will convey to you the messages of heritage custodians about the values of life of some ancient times.
With this thematic walk, the shepherdess Mare tells historical curiosities, reveals the secrets of nature, culture and traditions of this area. Some of the facts that will introduce you are the stories about the character of Fr. Jure Radić, who laid the foundations for the Biokovo Botanical Garden Kotišina. Dairy Mare will introduce you to the "treasure" of the garden and learn to recognize medicinal herbs and their values in folk medicine. On this tour you will enjoy the intoxicating scents of wild plants of the Botanical Garden. The walk consists of a visit to the church of St. Ante from the 17th century, Kaštela from the 17th century, the Interpretation Center and the Botanical Garden in Kotišina.
Church of St. Martina - shrouded in a veil of secrecy
Dairy Mare takes her visitors to the church of St. Martin by walking along the educational trail. The story of the mysterious life of a man who became a symbol of love, connects St. Martin with other parts of Croatia and Europe. It reveals the secrets of the spiritual life, folk traditions and the wonderful world of nature.
Interpretation walks are certainly a wonderful way to discover the cultural, historical and natural heritage of this area, and in Makarska Agata is currently the only one that provides this experience.
All her programs have been prepared according to the Interpret Europe Heritage heritage interpretation method, and are based on scientific facts and historical literature, which Agata lovingly studies and continues to shape and pass on to her guests. Programs within this project take place in the authentic locations of the hamlet of Kotišina, and include the following facilities: the church of St. Ante, church of st. Martina, Kaštel, Interpretation Center and Biokovo Botanical Garden Kotišina. The programs follow the theme of life in the hamlet of Kotišina, community of inhabitants, respect for tradition, understanding the context of the time, admiration for nature and respect for coexistence with it. The programs are ideal for younger or older children, groups and families. They are therefore adapted to all ages. They are available in Croatian, English and Polish. The programs are an author's work and a real refreshment for the tourist offer in our country.
Author of photos: Ante Bebić, Ivo Ravlić, Mila Lukić, Boris Luetić