Activities

Bicycling

There are five cycling trails open throughout the year. Bicycles can be rented for the Panorama Trail, Dry Stone Wall Trail and Rural Trail. These trails combine asphalt and gravel sections, and they are not particularly demanding. With appropriate equipment and fitness level, in combination with a good-quality bicycle, cyclists will certainly enjoy a wonderful experience of the area.

Panorama Trail

Vrana – ornithological reserve – Prosika

Trail length: 18.7 km

Elevation difference: 94 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Bicycle rental possibilities: Available

Trail type: Asphalt / gravel

Note: Bicycles can be rented at Prosika from May until October.

Dry Stone Wall Trail

Pakoštane – Drage – Modrave – Prosika

Trail length: 14.2 km

Elevation difference: 35 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Bicycle rental possibilities: Available

Trail type: Asphalt / gravel

Note: Bicycles can be rented at Prosika from May until October.

Rural Trail

Pakoštane – ornithological reserve – Vrana – Radašinovci – Kamenjak

Trail length: 16 km

Elevation difference: 270 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Bicycle rental possibilities: Available

Trail type: Asphalt

Note: Bicycles can be rented at the Crkvine ranger station.

Descending Trail

Radošinovci – Banjevci – Kašić – Pirovac

Trail length: 19 km

Elevation difference: 166 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Asphalt

Ascending Trail

Sv. Filip i Jakov – Biograd n/m – Pakoštane

Trail length: 10 km

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Asphalt / gravel

Hiking/walking

There are three marked loop hiking trails in the Park, two of them easy, and one at medium-difficulty level. They attract many visitors, even those without much hiking experience. Good will is a crucial ingredient necessary to take a tour of these trails, and hikers will be awarded for it with magnificent views of the unique landscape offered by the lake near the sea. Kamenjak viewpoint is a particularly attractive destination.

Loop excursion trail Kamenjak

Kamenjak – Vransko Lake – Kamenjak

Trail length: 5 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 273 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Footwear and clothes suitable for rocky terrain.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Loop hiking trail Modrave

Prosika – Vransko Lake – Šenična Road

Trail length: 3 km

Trail difficulty: Easy

Elevation difference: 0 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Footwear and clothes suitable for rocky terrain.

Availability of drinking water: Available

Loop hiking trail Prosika – Jugovir

Prosika – Jugovir – Donja Tonja – Prosika

Trail length: 2 km

Trail difficulty: Easy

Elevation difference: 0 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Footwear and clothes suitable for rocky terrain.

Availability of drinking water: Available

Fishing

For many, Vransko Lake is a uniquely beautiful natural lake, and one of the best angling locations. Experienced anglers from throughout the world will appreciate the unique character of this area, with abundant stock of pike, carp, wels catfish and Prussian carp. Eel is a strictly protected species. Anglers must obey the rules of the Nature Park. Angling is allowed only with a permit, and only at certain locations.

Vransko Lake

According to many Croatian and foreign anglers, Vransko Lake is the most beautiful natural lake in the wider region, and definitely represents one of the top locations for the joy of fishing when it comes to pike, carp, wels catfish or Prussian carp. The best location for pike fishing extends from the borders of the ornithological reserve to the settlement of Drage.

The best location for carp fishing is the border area of the ornithological reserve, where the population of that species is particularly numerous, and at the site of Prosika.

Fish habitats:

Pike can most frequently be encountered near vegetation and other favorable hiding places. In Vransko Lake, this species prefers rocky bottom along the southern shore, where it finds good shelter that it uses to hunt its prey. Pike can also be encountered along the reed areas, but not in large numbers.

Carp is particularly numerous near the areas covered by reed in the ornithological reserve, where freshwater channels enter the lake. This species prefers calm waters with soft lake bed and abundant vegetation.

Wels catfish is a solitary species, with individual specimens usually calmly staying under various structures or in recesses and holes in silty standing waters or slow-flowing waters. There are many such places in Vransko Lake, and catfish is a fairly numerous species.

Recommended time of year for visit: Pursuant to the relevant decision of the Ministry of Agriculture regarding fishing beneficiaries in the fishing area of Vransko Lake, fishing is permitted according to the following schedule:

carp (Cyprinus carpio): 1 April – 31 May

wels catfish (Silurus glanis): 16 April – 15 June

pike (Esox lucius): 1 February – 31 March

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Activity is accessible for persons with disabilities at locations that can be reached by personal vehicle (Crkvine, Drage and the fishing port of Prosika)

Closed season

Pike – 1 February until 31 March, Carp – 1 April until 31 May, Wels catfish – 16 April until 15 June

Note:

PERMITTED DAILY CATCH
Maximum 2 specimens, up to 5 kg weight in total for the following species:
pike, wels catfish, carp, tench, thicklipped mullet, thinlip mullet, striped mullet
Up to 2 kg for the following species:
Prussian carp and common rudd
No limitations on angling of:
false harlequin and pumpkinseed
Permitted quantities do not pertain to trophy catch. Only one trophy fish over 5 kg in weight may be caught per day.
Eel and freshwater blenny are strictly protected species, and must not be caught.

MINIMUM FISH SIZES THAT MAY BE CAUGHT:
Pike: 40 cm
Wels catfish: 60 cm
Tench: 20 cm
Carp: 40 cm
Thicklipped mullet: 16 cm
Thinlip mullet: 16 cm
Striped mullet: 20 cm

Boat trips and rentals

Kayaking is possible throughout the year. Kayaks can be rented per hour or for a full day in the port of Prosika. Visitors eager for an active visit to the Park are bound to enjoy boat exploration of the lake.

Kayak tours

Kayaks can be rented at the port of Prosika per hour or per day.

Duration: Rental per hour and per day

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Wildlife viewing

Vransko Lake is an ornithological reserve. Having obtained this status in 1983, lake area is one of the most important ornithological areas in Croatia, and it represents the core value of the entire Nature Park. As many as 102 bird species are nesting in the reserve, and 87 wintering bird species find protection against cold weather on Vransko Lake in wintertime. In sunny winter days, visitors can see as many as one hundred thousand birds on open lake waters, enjoying mild climate and food.

Birdwatching at the ornithological reserve

Ornithological reserve, proclaimed back in 1983, represents one of the ornithologically most valuable areas in Croatia, and it is the core protected area of the entire Nature Park. With its surface of 8.83 square kilometers, the ornithological reserve is located in the northwestern part of Vransko Lake, extending to the very boundary of the Nature Park.

This small wetland area represents the remains of what was once a ten times larger area called Vransko blato – a wetland that was almost completely reclaimed in the 18th century with drainage channels and the creation of the channel of Prosika on the southeastern shore of the lake, connecting the lake and the sea. The original wetland thus faced complete disappearance, including the living world in it.
Despite the fact that the surface of today's ornithological reserve is small compared to the original wetland area, it still abounds with life, in particular ornithofauna (bird world). There are 102 bird species living in the reserve during the nesting season, when tall reed represents an ideal shelter for their nests and their young, and water and land abound with food. In wintertime, 87 wintering bird species find shelter at Vransko Lake from harsh cold in northern latitudes, and on sunny winter days visitors can see as many as 100,000 birds enjoying the mild climate and abundant food. During the autumn and spring migrations, over 140 migrating bird species stop at Vransko Lake for food and rest.
Frequently, some bird species appear at Vransko Lake in multiple roles, so the total number of species is not identical to the sum of wintering, migrating and nesting bird species. Out of the total of 251 bird species living, nesting and wintering in the ornithological reserve, or using it as a resting and feeding area during their migrations, 136 species are critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened at the national (129), European (95), or even the global level (9). In addition, reed beds and floodplain meadows of the ornithological reserve belong to the most endangered habitats in Croatia as parts of the wetland ecosystem.
The reserve includes important populations of 13 bird species whose local populations at Vransko Lake are important for the stability of their total populations at the national, European and global level, or are even important for the survival of the entire species.

Wildlife species that can be seen:

Purple heron (Ardea purpurea)

Eurasian bittern (Botaurus stellaris)

Great white egret (Egretta alba)

Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Corncrake (Crex crex)

Little crake (Porzana parva)

Spotted crake (Porzana porzana)

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

Moustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon)

Pygmy cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

Squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Little egret (Egretta garzetta)

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Accommodation and catering

Tasting site at Kamenjak offers local food specialties: cheese, smoked ham and homemade wine. Accommodation is available at the camping site, or in the equestrian club that offers horseback excursions to the Nature Park. Equine-assisted therapy is available as well.

Tasting venue - Konoba Kamenjak

The tavern offers the opportunity to taste smoked ham, cheese and wine, with a magnificent view of the entire lake and the Kornati archipelago.

Important information:

Opening hours of the tasting venue: May to October from 7 until 20.

Contact:

Cell: 00385 (0)95 884 5666

Camping site - Autokamp Crkvine

The camping site is located on the northern side of Vransko Lake, only 2 kilometers away from the settlement of Pakoštane. The camping site includes a restaurant offering various freshwater fish culinary specialties.

Important information:

The camping site is open from 1 May until 30 October.

Contact:

Phone: 00385 (0)23 381 433

Equestrian club - Vencel

This site is located 3 kilometers away from Biograd na Moru, between Jankolovica and Kakma. The club offers horseback riding excursions to Vransko Lake, swimming and photographing with horses, as well as riding school (recreational and sport horseback riding) and equine-assisted therapy. Summer camps can be organized as well.

Important information:

Opening hours:
Spring and autumn (April to May; September to October): 6:30 – 19
Summer (June to August): 6:30 – 11 and 16 – 21
Winter (November to March): 6:30 – 16:30

Contact: 

Cell: 00385 (0)99 5188 347 

E-mail: konjickikv@gmail.com

Educational trails

Educational trail dedicated to birds of prey is a frequent choice of visitors. It follows the route of the panorama cycling trail offering views of Vransko Lake, suitable for cycling due to its gravel surface. Visitors learn about various species of birds of prey and their role in the complexity of the ecosystem. Educational trail leading from Modrave to the channel of Prosika is located in the area of Modrave, which was once home to the largest olive grove in the Adriatic. Visitors exploring this trail will also learn interesting facts about the traditional dry stone walls of the area.

Fish Educational Trail

Educational trail dedicated to fish species has been prepared for visitors at the locality of Prosika. Dry stone wall renovated for the educational trail is equipped with 5 educational panels with information about fish species in Vransko Lake. Visitors can learn which fish species lived in Vransko Lake before human interventions; which fish species have been introduced to Vransko Lake for the purposes of fishing or due to accidental introduction; which fish species enter the lake through the channel of Prosika.

In addition, there is a brief text on the history of dry stone walls, the manner in which farmers enclosed their land plots in the past, and how they cultivated every inch of precious soil through hard work. If you take a walk along this short trail, you will learn many interesting facts about eel, freshwater blenny, thicklipped mullet, big-scale sand smelt, carp, wels catfish, pike, Prussian carp, eastern mosquitofish...

Trail length: 0.1 km

Duration: 15 minutes

Elevation difference: 0 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Trail type: Gravel

Number of interpretation panels: 5

Botanical Educational Trail

Botanical educational trail can be visited along the loop hiking trail leading from the Kamenjak viewpoint to the pier of Bašinka through Orlja draga and Mernjača. This trail located in a typical karst environment teaches visitors about various interesting facts regarding the characteristic plants in the area. This is where you can learn about the ubiquitous holm oak, juniper, mahaleb cherry, the scent of sage, medicinal properties of curry plant, and asparagus. You will also learn why strawberry tree was once considered poisonous, and why people once believed that iris was born when thunder sent by ancient god Perun struck the Earth.

Trail length: 5 km

Duration: 2 hours

Elevation difference: 273 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest/goat path

Number of interpretation panels: 10

Note: Visitors are advised to use footwear and clothes suitable for the terrain.

Educational trail Birds of Vransko Lake

This educational wooden trail is located in the ornithological reserve, on Vransko Lake itself. As you walk along the wooden trail, you can see the reed beds of Vransko Lake hiding various bird species, including purple heron – a trademark species of Vransko Lake – or endangered pygmy cormorant (Vransko Lake being the only remaining nesting area of this species in Croatia).

Educational panels along the trail will teach you about various wetland habitats that represent important feeding areas for many birds and other animal species, and that also serve as habitats of rare plant species. There is an ornithological station at the beginning of the educational trail. Every year from August until October, bird ringing camp is held there.

Trail length: 1 km

Duration: 1 hour

Elevation difference: 0 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Trail type: Wooden trail

Number of interpretation panels: 8

Educational trail Birds of Prey

Educational trail dedicated to birds of prey follows the panorama cycling trail offering a majestic view of Vransko Lake. This gravel trail is 18 kilometers long, and it is therefore most suitable for cycling. Visitors who decide to explore this educational trail can learn about various species of birds of prey and about their mutual similarities and differences.

In addition, visitors will gain insight into the role of birds of prey in a complex local ecosystem, and become aware of the importance of their conservation and of significant threats that they face.

Trail length: 18 km

Duration: 45 minutes (by bicycle)

Elevation difference: 94 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Gravel

Number of interpretation panels: 6

Note: Due to its length, the trail is suitable for cyclists.

Educational trail Modrave – Prosika channel

This educational trail connects Modrave – once upon a time the largest olive grove in the Adriatic – and the channel of Prosika, the most significant local architectural project of its time. As you pass Modrave and look at the remains of what was once a network of dry stone walls, you will learn about animal species of the karst. Prosika is a connecting point between the lake and the sea, testifying to the historical importance of the lake for the locals.

We invite you to have a look at the traditional constructions called bunje, the cultural heritage of ancient olive groves and vineyards, and stone fish traps for eel fishing, as you learn about the channel and its past and present role.

Trail length: 5 km

Duration: 1 hour

Elevation difference: 0 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Partly accessible

Trail type: Gravel

Number of interpretation panels: 9

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Guided tours

Tours of Park attractions can be taken by individual visitors and visitor groups. Birdwatching tour is one of the thematic tours on offer to organized groups of excursionists. Since water bird hunting is prohibited, the birds are used to the vicinity of man, which makes birdwatching of some of the most endangered animal species in the world all the more exhilarating.

Park tour

This thematic program for large visitor groups (not less than 10 persons) includes a visit to the Nature Park with a tour of two chosen locations. In a professionally guided tour taking up to two hours, visitors gain insight into the unique Park characteristics, as well as interesting information about the Nature Park and about nature protection in Croatia.

Duration: 2 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Recommended equipment: Visitors are advised to use footwear and clothes suitable for the terrain.

Note: The tour requires prior notice of one week. Visitors take a tour of two out of several available locations: the ornithological reserve; Kamenjak viewpoint; port of Prosika.

Birdwatching - program for organized groups of excursionists

Half-day excursion: organized birdwatching tour (the number of participants is limited, in order to ensure high quality of the program).
Activities: depending on the interests of visitors, individual localities/habitats are selected and then visited on foot or by boat. Equipment (binoculars and telescope) is ensured by the Nature Park; however, visitors are advised to take their own equipment too.

Due to the accessibility of wetlands and reed beds, including the network of paths and trails around the lake, nature enthusiasts, hikers and birdwatchers can enjoy nature in practically all areas of the lake. Hunting water birds is prohibited throughout the Park area – as a result, birds are not afraid of people, which facilitates coming close to wildlife and engaging in birdwatching.

Duration: 5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Recommended equipment: Visitors are advised to use footwear and clothes suitable for the terrain. Based on need, additional birdwatching and photo equipment might also be useful.

Note: Prior notice and prior arrangement of the program are required for every organized group of visitors. It is important to bear in mind that visitor capacity is limited due to the need to avoid negative impact on nature in protected areas (disturbance of animals). Visitors are advised to take appropriate clothes (e.g. hat for sun protection, suitable footwear), and to take sufficient quantity of drinking water or beverages.

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Schools in nature

The school program entitled Secrets of Vransko Lake teaches about the wetland habitat and the ornithological area through play, orientation and birdwatching. It is best to come here in springtime and early autumn. School in nature is intended for elementary and high school pupils.

Educational program Secrets of Vransko Lake

Wetland areas are extraordinary areas for nature-based teaching programs. Nature of wetland areas is very dynamic and rich in life throughout the year. However, it is best to organize the visit in spring or early autumn.

Educational program is organized upon request for pupils of elementary schools and high schools. The program includes services of professional guides/educators. Participants get acquainted with natural values of the Park through field work, educational games and orientation games. Demonstration of water sampling can also be organized, as well as microscope analysis. Other available activities include the use of worksheets and birdwatching (depending on weather conditions).

Target age group: Elementary and high schools

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Note: Prior notice of at least 15 days is required for this educational program. The program is not suitable for groups exceeding 40 pupils. The price is 40 HRK per pupil, and it includes entry ticket for the Park.

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Attractions

Late-antiquity tower Osridak (4th century)

The only known fortress from the period of antiquity with a circular internal layout on the eastern side of the Adriatic was built in the 4th century, when the Roman Empire started intensely organizing itself in order to combat intrusions from the East. This site served as foundation of a complex fortification system covering the entire hill, and as a permanent observation point and shelter for crew against sudden attacks and bad weather.

Strategically, the fortress was very well positioned, controlling the access canyon and ensuring initial protection for the "refuge" at Babin škoj. Remains of Roman pottery are scattered across all the slopes of the hill. On the southwestern side, there are remains of around ten defense positions for archers retained by a wall.

Ottoman inn Maškovića han (17th century)

Author: Velid Jakupović
The construction of this westernmost monument of civilian Ottoman architecture in Europe was funded by Jusuf Mašković, a high dignitary of the Ottoman court born in Vrana. This facility was supposed to have served as an inn and as residence of the Mašković family in old age. The construction of this splendid and monumental building began at the time of the Cretan War. However, the building itself was never completed due to the death of Jusuf Mašković. When Vrana was finally liberated in 1699, the inn was given to the Borelli family, which used it as the center from which they managed the entire estate of Vrana.

In 2015, the site of the Ottoman inn was renovated, and the renovation was funded within the IPA 2009 EU programme for Croatia. In addition to 14 rooms and two suites, the site also includes a restaurant, a coffee bar, three stores, a museum, offices of the Han Vrana agency, archaeological presentation of a hammam Turkish bath, and a small bazaar that also serves as stage for presentations and various events.

Peninsula Babin škoj (from the 3rd century B.C. until the 16th century)

This small peninsula is superbly strategically positioned for long active defense and for housing a large number of people, livestock and food supplies, which made it almost continuously used for several millennia.

Before the channel of Prosika was dug out, and before the lake level was lowered, Babin škoj was actually an islet – and it still sometimes becomes one during the periods of high water.

Venetian border guard station (16th century)

The guard station was probably built at the beginning of the 16th century, after the initial consolidation of the Venetian-Ottoman border that was passing through the middle of Vransko Lake until 1699. Given the very turbulent border and frequent incursions from both sides to the other empire's territory, the Republic of Venice built a range of such facilities along its entire land border, directly along the border itself. Turkey, on the other hand, organized its defenses by using ancient Croatian fortresses deeper in the occupied territory.

This particular locality is quite well preserved, with some 70% of the original construction structure still remaining. Embrasures for guns were placed on all sides, together with several openings for small cannons.

Traditional bunja (19th – 20th century)

Bunja is an archetypal traditional field hut made of stone, built on rocky terrain in Dalmatian and Istrian coastal regions, in olive groves and vineyards distant from settlements. This particular bunja was built in Modrave, the mainland area owned by the inhabitants of Murter and Betina on the island of Murter. It served as shelter against sudden bad weather, or as overnight accommodation, so that its users would not be forced to walk back to the sea coast on a daily basis, and then row in their traditional gajeta vessels back to their settlements on the island.

Such stone constructions also served shepherds guarding their flocks in the area, as they sheltered there in bad weather. Around ten such constructions exist in the area, and they stopped being used only approximately twenty years ago. However, it is still possible that an occasional traveler or visitor might use a bunja even today, finding shelter during the exploration of distant and less accessible parts of the Park. 

Old town of Vrana – Benedictine monastery (9th – 16th century)

The first mention of the fortress of Vrana stems from the 11th century, when the Benedictine monastery on the site was given by King Demetrius Zvonimir to the Holy See in 1076 in Solin, in order to ensure permanent stay of papal legates in Croatian lands. Knights Templar, who took over Vrana in 1136, were not subject to the jurisdiction of the local bishops until the order was disbanded in 1312. This monastery was a major spiritual and political center until it came under the Ottoman administration in 1529. The monastery of Vrana had jurisdiction over the entire area of the Croatian-Hungarian "language". A special papal decree merged the roles of the viceroy of Croatia and the prior of Vrana, which resulted in the concentration of enormous political, military and church power in one single person during the reign of the renowned Ivan Paližna.
The insignia of the Croatian kingdom were long guarded within the walls of the Vrana monastery, which led King Coloman to come to the crowning to the nearby town of Biograd as the nearest royal residence in 1102. After it came under the Ottoman administration, Vrana never again regained the glory of its past. The monastery and its property were inherited by the Zagreb Diocese, with the busts of the most famous priors of Vrana - Ivan Paližna and Petar Berislavić – still kept in the capital city cathedral. Roughly 20 percent of the original site has been preserved. It was demolished by Venice during the Cretan War (1645 –1669), when Venice was forced to return Vrana back to the Ottomans during temporary truce. The fortress has not been renovated since.

Majdan hill

The small hill of Majdan offers a view of the entire ornithological reserve.

There is a resting area and a birdwatching spot only 20 meters away from the cycling trail.

Olive grove Modrave

Author: Velid Jakupović
After phylloxera destroyed grapevine as the autochthonous culture of the area of Modrave towards the end of the 19th century, farmers from Murter and Betina began planting olives. At the beginning of the 20th century, the karst area of Modrave was thus completely transformed, with over 180,000 olive trees planted and nurtured in less than 50 years, and every small plot of scarce land that remained preserved in rocky terrain was carefully cultivated.
The result of this effort is the largest and the most compact olive grove on this side of the Adriatic, spanning across 12 square kilometers on a strip of land between the sea and Vransko Lake. A network of dry stone walls built in the process of cleaning the karst terrain gives special beauty and recognizable character to the entire landscape.

Sport and fishing port of Prosika

The area of Prosika, located in the southernmost part of the Park, includes a visitor information center. The site characterized by well-kept surroundings also includes a small port for the mooring of vessels, toilet facilities and a small fishing house from the 19th century renovated in traditional style. A brief walk northwards takes you to a birdwatching point offering a view of the entire island in good weather. If you take a walk southwards along a trail equipped with educational panels, you will reach a locality called Jugovir.

This is where the sea enters the lake during strong southerly winds, when the sea level rises. A reconstructed fishing house of the Borelli family is also located on this spot. In the past, the fishing house was used by fishermen for overnight stays, and as shed and shelter. It was also used by guards who monitored the fishing of eel, which migrated towards the sea and back in largest numbers precisely on this spot. If you visit the port of Prosika, you can rent a bicycle and explore the Park, or rent a kayak and enjoy silent rowing on the freshwater lake. You can also visit the souvenir shop, where you can find something that will remind you of the time spent on Vransko Lake.

Note:

Information center in the port of Prosika and the souvenir shop are open for visits from May until October.

Information center (souvenir shop) opening hours:

May, September and October: from 9:00 till 17:00.

June, July and August: from 6:00 till 20:00.

Hill fort at the peak of Osridak (15th century)

The hill of Osridak is a natural plateau in a strategically important position that makes it possible to monitor a wider area quite easily. It can be reached along a natural path in the form of a canyon that connects the sea coast with the settlements in the hinterland. Archaeologists exploring this locality believe that the entire plateau was once used in a well-planned manner by the guards and military units posted there in the past.
 Research conducted at the Osridak Gradina locality has shown that this site had major importance towards the end of the Middle Ages. The importance of the site and of the control of passage of people and goods in the area can also be seen in the remains of an old fortress. It consisted of a number of rooms, and it was built in several phases. In addition, arms found on the site suggest that Osridak once housed a well-armed military unit.

Info centar Kamenjak

Kamenjak information center, souvenir shop and tasting venue are open for visits from May until October.

 

Information center (souvenir shop) opening hours:

May, September and October: from 7:00 till 20:00.

June, July and August: from 7:00 till 21:00.

Tasting venue opening hours:

May to October: from 9:00 till 21:00.

Viewpoint Kamenjak

In 2006, Kamenjak viewpoint was adapted for visits on the peak of the hill of Kamenjak, rising above the middle of Vransko Lake (as a result of the CARDS 2002 Project). The exterior and interior of two connected facilities have been renovated in traditional style, with large information panels next to them telling the history of this area, over two millennia long. There is also a large plateau with benches for rest and leisure, together with a panoramic telescope and the key feature of the site – magnificent view of the entire lake, the beginning of the Kornati archipelago, the island of Murter, the settlements of Pirovac, Drage, Pakoštane.

In addition to offering an unforgettable view, Kamenjak viewpoint also offers visitors the opportunity to purchase souvenirs with Vransko Lake motifs and cycling and excursion maps, and to obtain more information on the place that they are visiting. The tasting venue Kamenjak, also located at the viewpoint, provides visitors with the opportunity to taste smoked ham, cheese and wine.

Note:

Kamenjak information center, souvenir shop and tasting venue are open for visits from May until October.

Information center (souvenir shop) opening hours:

May, September and October: from 7:00 till 20:00.

June, July and August: from 7:00 till 21:00.

Tasting venue opening hours:

May to October: from 9:00 till 21:00.

Viewpoint Čelinka

The viewpoint of Čelinka offers a magnificent view of Vransko Lake on one side and of the coastal settlement of Draga, the sea and the islands on the other side.

Crkvine Information Center

Description: Info centar Crkvine
Source: Arhiva PP Vransko jezero
The Information Center is located at the entrance to the ornithological reserve and to the educational trail Birds of Vransko Lake. Park staff and information materials are available to visitors at the Information Center, which also includes a souvenir shop and toilet facilities. The guided tour includes the use of binoculars, which can also be rented on site for watching the abundant bird world in the ornithological reserve.

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Information center and the souvenir shop are open for visits daily from 8:00 till 20:00 (from Easter until the end of October).

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