Environment

The beautiful bay where Pirovac is situated, mild climate, crystal clear and calm sea, vicinity of the Adriatic road and other towns make it possible to visit national parks, nature parks, towns and islands, and above all, it is still possible to have a quiet holiday away from the town crowd.

Excursions

It is very easy to see and explore the surrounding area of Pirovac by boat or by car.
If you want to visit the National parks Kornati and Krka or go on an island Vrgada just near Pirovac you can book your trip in town center and visit many other places which you find attractive.

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NP Krka

Krka National Park lies within Šibenik-Knin County, and covers a total area of 109 km2 of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, and the lower course of the Čikola River.

The national park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. The purpose of the park is primarily to serve science, culture, education and recreation, while tourism activities have also been introduced for its visitors.

Krka National Park lies within Šibenik-Knin County, and covers a total area of 109 km2 of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, and the lower course of the Čikola River. The Krka National Park was proclaimed in 1985, though certain sections of the Krka River were already protected as early as 1948.

Including the submerged part of the river at the mouth, the Krka River is 72.5 km long, making it the 22nd longest river in Croatia. It springs in the foothills of the Dinara mountain range, 3.5 km northeast of Knin. With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 224 m, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of this river.

www.npkrka.hr

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NP Kornati

One of the most significant National park, nautic paradise which will take your breath away.

The total surface of the park is about 220 km2, consisting of 89 islands, islets and reefs. One quarter of the park is the mainland while the rest of the park is a marine eco system.

The park is rich with natural and cultural particularities. High cliffs called „crowns“ of the Kornati islands are faced towards the sea and are the most popular phenomenon of the park. These places are also habitats of rare species.

Kornat is the biggest, the highest and the most famous island called Kurnat and all islands take common name Kornati.

The marine life of Kornati discovers some very impressing stories. It is also interesting to know that the mainland of the Park is private property.

www.np-kornati.hr

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Nature park The Vrana Lake

Travelling along the Adriatic main road towards the northern Dalmatia between two historical cities of Zadar and Šibenik, you will come across a natural phenomenon - the two equally beautiful and yet so very different azures. On one side you will see the well indented Adriatic coast, famous for its inviting beauty and clean sea, and on the other side you will see the largest natural lake in Croatia.

Because it is one of the rare natural habitats of waterbirds as well as because of its fresh water springs and biodiversity, the Vrana Lake and its surroundings have been declared a Nature park on July 21st, 1999. The park's limits are between Pirovac and Pakoštane. The park stretches across 57 km2, 30,02km2 of that being the lake area itself, which stretches in the direction from the North-West to the South-East paralelly to the sea coast, from which it is in some places less than a kilometer apart. The lake is unique for its postition and characteristics not only in Croatia but also in other parts of Europe. It is in fact a karst valley filled with brackish water and is below sea-level.

The predominating characteristic of the park is its special Ornithological reserve, which received its title for its well preserved huge reed-patch in the north-western part of the lake, with its immense biodiversity, and for its extraordinary scientific and ecological value ever since 1983. The reserve has been included to the list of Important Bird Areas in Europe.

www.pp-vransko-jezero.hr

Prosika channel

Only a few kilometres away from Pirovac there is a channel Prosika which connects the lake with the sea. There is a visitor's info center, sports fishing harbour ideal for those who want to have a picnic. While you are visiting harbour Prosika you can rent a bike or a kayak and enjoy rowing on a calm lake or you can find a souvenir as a memory on this place.

Hill and Makirina bay

„Makirino velo li si duga...“ lyrics of the song have been sung over the years, this significant site - the hill Makirina, is situated on the south entrance of Pirovac. It is micro-ecological and ornithological reserve, while a natural hatching ground is located on the northwest and southwest part of the foothill. This site has been listed on the Nautre 2000 list as a natural resource. The viewpoint Makirina is located on 113m above the sea level where you can overview Pirovac and its bay as well as the Lake Vrana.

The shallow bay called Makirina is located at the foothill on the south part of vast Pirovac bay and it is well known by its curative mineral mud (peloid) and water which by its quality goes beyond all known sites in Croatia. Therapeutic characteristics of the mud are well known because it has been used by the locals for many years and later by the tourists as well. When the Institute for geological research in Zagreb did thorough research and identified that the peloid on given location is of good quality for medical purpose and that there is a great quantity of it, they have issued a document about the therapeutic characteristics 27 years ago. The capacity of this peloid site is 415 000 m3. Peloid mud is beneficial for gynealogical and reumathic difficulties.

There is also a valuable archeological site – the church of St. Martin, the cemetery, the remains of the roman contructions and roman salt works which are interesting to visit.

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Šibenik

Situated only 22km away from Pirovac in a picturesque bay where one of the most beautiful karst river Krka flows. Šibenik is a town of rich history and everyone who visits it will remain enchanted for a long time. From the medieval fortresses of St. Mihovil and St. Ante you can have a panoramic view over the Šibenik bay. When you walk through the old town a must –see sites are definitely the cathedral of St. Jakov, Four wells square, Town Hall, the palaces Rossini, Foscolo, Pellegrini and many churhces and monuments as well as the largest street in town called „kalelarga“ (wide street) and the architecture which will take you back in history.

www.sibenik-tourism.hr

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Zadar

Zadar is situated 48km from Pirovac and it is a town – monument which you must visit. The peninsula is a reminder of the past times and here are some of the beautiful sites you should visit: historic town walls which border the old town, the cathedral of St. Stošija, Forum with the church St. Donat, Five wells square, Town Gate, different monuments, museums and „kalelarga“ (wide street).

Another must see site is Sea Organ – the first in the world and the urban installation The Greeting to the Sun.

www.zadar.travel

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