Nature Park Telašćica

Nature Park  Telašćica
Telaščica is one of the largest and best protected natural harbours of the Adriatic and the total length of its developed coastline is 68 km. Telaščica Bay, after which the whole park was named, is located on the central part of the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, on the southeast part of Dugi Otok. Thanks to its exquisite beauty, riches and meaning, this bay was pronounced a nature park in 1988. The bay is surrounded with 13 islands and islets, and on the inner side of the bay there are six beautiful islands, one cliff and 25 small beaches. Thanks to its location, the Park is protected from strong winds from the inland and the sea. It has more than 2500 hours of sunshine a year.

There are three phenomena which represent the basic characteristics of this area. First there is the unique Telaščica Bay, as the safest and the most beautiful and largest natural harbour in the Adriatic Sea. Then there are the so called `cliffs`, that stretch up to 160 meters above sea level and descend up to 90 meters into the sea, and finally the salty lake Mir, with its medicinal traits.

The underwater world of Telaščica counts over 300 plant and 300 animal species. This kind of diversity is conditioned by the location and the micro-climate of the sea bed, which is almost fully covered in meadows of sea flowers and breeding habitats for many types of fish. In the surrounding area there are lovely meadows and on the hills there is rich Mediterranean vegetation with 500 different species of plants.

An interesting fact is that a meat eating sponge of the Asbestopluma hypogea spieces (Bakran-Petricioli and Petricioli) was discovered in 2000, at the bottom of a half cave in the park, 24 metres below the sea level. It is only the second such discovery in the world.

One of the frequent guests of the nature park is the ‚good dolphin‘, and the park has become a type of shelter for the abandoned donkeys of Dugi Otok.

The area of Telaščica has been densly populated since the ancient times and witness to that are the remains of Roman buildings in Mala Proversa, as are the numerous pre Romanic churches, among which the church of St. John in Stivanje Polje stands out the most. There is a written document about fishing from the end of the 10th century which is proof that it was on these coasts that fishing first started among Croats.

The Nature Park offers diving possibilities on a few attractive locations near the cliffs, walks along interesting places and a beautiful view that stretches from Grpašćak which should not be missed.

In the area of the park there are a few catering facilities, where visitors can enjoy traditional fish and meat dishes. These restaurants are located on the island of Katina and the bays Mala Proversa, Mir, and Magrovica.

The park also offers Robinson tourism in rented houses as well as scooter, boat and bicycle renting. Camping, however, is forbidden.

The Tourist Board of Zadar County

Nature Park Telašćica

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