Modrić Špilja

Špilja Modrić - Modric Cave - Modric Pecina

Useful Information

Location: Between Rovanjska and Modrić, Croatia. Near Zadar, Dalmatia, Central Croatian Coastal region.
Open: All year after appointment.
Fee: Adults HRK 180.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none
Dimension: L=829 m, A=30 m asl, T=18 °C.
Guided tours: D=2 h. V=700/a [2019]
Photography: allowed
Bibliography: Mladen Kuhta, S. Bozicevic, Sanja Kapelji, Slobodan Miko (1999): The protection and utilization study of the natural environment of the Modric cave and its surroundings, Open file report, Institute of Geology, Zagreb, 86p. [not seen]
M. Malez (1987): Quaternary vertibrata fauna from Modric cave near Rovanjska, Rad Yug. Ac. Sci & Art 432, 141-154, Zageb [not seen]
Slobodan Miko, Mladen Kuta, Sanja Kapelj (2002): Environmental baseline geochemistry of sediments and perculating waters in the Modric Cave, Croatia, Acta carsologia Vol 31 No 1, pp 136-149
Toni Brozic (1998): Modric spilja: najveca na nasoj obali, Hrvatski planinar, 90 (1998), 3; pp. 75-76. ISSN 0354-0650.
Address: Modrić Špilja, Marijan Buzov, Zara-adventure agency, Danijela Farlattija 7, 23 000 Zadar, Tel: +385-23-342-368, Cell: +385-91-563-1507 (Marijan), +385-91-555-8495 (Irena). E-mail: contact
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The entrance chamber has been used as a natural shelter for centuries.
1985 inner series discovered by excavation.
2004 start of semi wild cave tours.


Modrić Špilja (Modric Cave) is a wild cave which was opened for the public on cave trekking tours. The two hour tours are preceded by a safety briefing and the outfitting with caving gear including overall, helmet, head lamp and gloves. While there are short narrow passages, they seem to be big enough to fit even overweight people. So far they have been mastered by a man weighing 120kg.

Most of the cave is a passage which ranges between two and eight meters wide and high, and is heavily decorated. At some points the speleothems are so abundant, they block the passage and small portions had to be removed for the crawl. At one point the passage reaches a height of 29 meters.

Although the cave was only discovered in 1985, it has once been known to man. Human bone remains and remnants of Neolithic pottery were found inside. Also the remains of Holocene fauna, including cave bear (Ursus spelaeus).