Banjole, a coastal settlement, is situated between the coves of Soline and Paltana (or Banjole Cove). The economy rests on tourism, fishing, shellfish farming and construction of small sea craft.
The highly-indented shoreline, covered in pine forests, abounds in historical locations from all eras.
During the Roman era, a Roman villa was built in Paltana Cove right next to the shore. Its thermal bath complex, today right on the shoreline, possibly gave the entire area the name Balneolum minus – ‘Little Baths.’ A Roman-era settlement is also located in the Cintinera area.
The economy in Antiquity was based on agriculture, fishing and stone extraction. Limestone was extracted from the quarries at Rupice and Pećina. Besides construction, the stone was used to make sculptures and sarcophaguses, to which incomplete pieces of sculpture testify.
RupiceRoman-era head from the Rupice quarry
BumbištaBumbišta at Banjole. In the early Bronze Age, the population buried their dead in stone coffins below grave mounds - tumuli.
Roman villa in Paltana Cove
The Church of St. Nicholas was found in Kanalić Bay, and two capitals were found in the ruins, which together with the tiled floor and architectural remains date the structure to the 7th and 8th centuries.
Floor-plan of the Church of St. Nicholas next to Banjole