Telašćica Nature Park
The park is in the south-eastern part of the island Dugi Otok, around the eponymous bay.
HistoryTelašćica (pronounced or something like tel-ash-cheetsa) in the middle ages called Tilagus as it resembles 3 lakes connected to each other. Since 1980s it has bern a protected area. In 1988 this area became a nature park.
Luka Telašćica is a very deep bay, at the south-eastern end of the Dugi Otok. It is one of the largest ones of the Adriatic with a highly indented coastline. In the bay there are 25 smaller inlets, the total length of the coast within 69 km. The bay is bounded by two peninsulas with a sharply different appearance. The eastern coast of the peninsula, as well as inside the bay it is relatively flat, with plenty of smaller bays. While on the west the magnificent bluffs are dropped into the sea. The height of the cliffs reaches 160 metres, vertical sections of rock reach up to 90 meters.
Flora and faunaThe flora and fauna of the park is diverse and is protected. There are up to 300 species of plants on land and in the sea as well. There are bird's breeding grounds on the western part of the park at the rocks. The park has several farms for the breeding of donkeys, so the donkey became a characterful symbol of the park.
By boatMost of the visitors arrive by boat, often in one of the following ways:
- By an organised day-trip from Zadar or other local tourist location
- By a private or chartered boat
By carSee Dugi Otok on how to reach the island.
The land entry is located in from the village of Sali, the largest settlement of Dugi Otok. Cars must be left at the in about of lake Mir.
The park has a fleet of electric cars. Presumably they could be used for transfers. Inquire the park's authorities if interested.
Fees and permits
Jezero MirIt is one of the most famous natural attractions of the park, separated from the sea and the bay Telašćica by high ridges. The lake water is slightly more salty than the sea. The tourists are enjoying its warm water and some found them therapeutic.
SteneEnjoy splendid panoramas and stunning sunsets.
Belvedere GrpašćakEven more of magnificent views.
TaljurićA tiny absolutely flat islet.
- Kayaks and sailing catamarans could be rented at the head of the bay Mir
- Hike the trails
- Cycle, but respect the pedestrians
- Dive , but follow the rules
- There are a few at the head of the bay Mir
Taverna Go-RoA restaurant at the bay of Magrovica
- The restaurants at the island of Katina are reachable only by sea
- There are a few private accommodations could be found inside the park. For details check the offer page at the park's web side.
- More options for accommodation and a hotel are available at the town of Sali.
- Beware of the steep cliffs at the western coast of the park.
- Hiking could be a challenge if you’re walking beyond the paved paths.
- Be careful with the donkeys!