The Lim valley (Limska draga or Limska dolina) is the 35 km long valley of the river Pazinčica, which transforms into the Lim bay (Limski zaljev), a 10 kilometer long estuary. Lim Bay got its name from the Latin word limes meaning border because the bay was a natural border between the two Roman provinces. The Croats sometimes call it Limski kanal (Lim Channel), due to its narrow width. The estuary is sometimes called a fjord, even if it is not in fact a fjord but a ria, because it was not carved by a glacier but by the river eroding the ground on its way to the Adriatic Sea, when the sea level was lower.
Lim Channel (Rovinj, Istria)
Lim Channel, Travel Guide for holidays in Lim Channel, Istria
Lim Channel – Points of interests
The Lim valley (Limska draga or Limska dolina) is the 35 km long valley of the river Pazinčica, which transforms into the Lim Channel (Limski kanal), a 10 kilometers long estuary. Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits.The estuary is sometimes called a fjord. Even if the movie The Vikings starring Kirk Douglas was shot there in 1958, it isn’t a fjord but a ria, since it wasn’t carved by a glacier but by the river eroding the ground on its way to the Adriatic Sea. The area around the channel has been inhabited since the Neolithic era. Under the Romans, the channel built the border between the administrative units of Porec and Pula. At the beginning of the 11th century it was the home of the hermit St.Romuald who founded the monastery of St. Michael near Kloštar. Today the 105m long St Romuald’s cave is open for visits in the summertime. Fishing in the Lim Channel has always been excellent. Now the natural species have been increased by farmed mussels and oysters which are offered in two excellent restaurants on the channel. The easiest way to visit the Lim Channel is to take part in an organised excursion from Rovinj but it’s also possible to visit it independently. Many excursion boats make hour-long runs up the channel from the main dock. The main season is from June to September and the boats run every hour. There’s a small beach shaded by pines right next to the dock.
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