Monday, September 21, 2009

Pakoštane, Near Zadar

Croatia Online - Pakostane

Pakoštane, between Zadar and Šibenik, is another village we’ve been keeping an eye on but it’s not quite there yet as an upcoming seaside resort. The beach is good but facilities are underdeveloped and still somewhat geared to the low budget traveller of old. For the moment, the main attraction of the area is Lake Vrana (Vransko Jezero), Croatia’s biggest natural lake.

Declared a National Park in 1999, the park covers 57 square kilometres and the lake itself 30 square kilometres.  It’s a special ornithological reserve and a haven for several endangered species as well as providing the habitat for a vast number of different species. Apart from the diversity of flora and fauna, the area has a rich history, and there are some great cycling tracks. You can find out more about the park on, though unfortunately not all pages have been translated into English yet. Cyclists wanting more information on the routes click here or get a map from any of the tourist boards in the area.

For news on nearby Sv Filip i Jakov, have a look at this posting on the Croatia Cruising Companion website.


Anonymous Rob said...

That looks like my kind of town. I am not into the places that have tourists swarming over them every summer.

Also the cycling aspect interests me. I enjoy cycling. Do they have cycle rentals in that area or do you have to supply your own?

1:55 pm  
Blogger Jane Cody said...

Hi Rob

Thanks for the comment. Still quite a few tourists there but not as densely packed as elsewhere and from a different era. Cycling - yes you'll be able to rent a bike from most of the tourist agencies liberally scattered around. Another option is to head to one of the big shopping centres nearby and buy one as there are plenty of bargains to be had!

2:04 pm  
Anonymous Rob said...

Hi Jane,

Thanks for the update on the cycling situation.



9:44 pm  

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