Dugi otok and Telaščica NP

Pure nature is what you find as soon as you get off the ferry in Brbinj, the little village in Dugi otok. Usually Croatian islands are not so populated, but normally when tourists come, the situation is terrible. That is why we decided to go before the season starts (although the ferry company took the chance of changing the prices a bit earlier).

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Dugi otok is not one of the most popular destinations, but that can also be what makes this place more special. Dugi otok (Long Island ) has 45 km of length full of peace and spectacular panorama.

In the northern part there are two of its more known locations: Božava and Veli Rat.
There is not that much to see in Bozava but its narrow streets and harbor give them something special. But for sure, if I tell you about the highest lighthouse in the Adriatic sea, you can locate yourself much better, right? It is there, in the north of the island where 45 meters lighthouse is surrounded by rocks and fields.
Besides being a lighthouse, the structure is also available for rent, so it can be used as an apartment for your holiday.

Before arriving to Veli Rat, you have a chance of swimming in a beautiful beach with transparent turquoise water like in the Caribbean. This is Sakarun, one of the few sandy beaches in Croatia.
The rest of the island is dotted with other little villages that become alive when tourists come and there is only one petrol station on the whole island. So, we decided to visit Sali, in the southeast part of the island and 10 minutes away from the Telaščica National Park. Sali is also connected with the mainland by a catamaran line from Zadar. This is a small town with long fishing tradition and olive oil production.It is surrounded by really old olive trees that you can visit walking through “Maslinski put”. It is an area that not so many people visit, because tourists prefer to walk on the seaside. But I guess there is time for everything.

Of course, we couldn’t miss the main attraction of Dugi otok: Telaščica National Park. Since we saw the pictures on internet we said we have to go and visit such a paradise. The cliffs, the beaches, the famous salty lake… It made us feel so interested in the way of ecology, biology, tourism and personal motivation.

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From our point of view, as I told you, we were absolutely delighted with that place. We couldn’t believe that we were there.
In a biological way, it is a referent about flora and fauna. We saw many different kinds of animals: snakes, spiders, birds, fish… but there was one of them that we paid more attention to: donkey. It can seem stupid, but this animal is protected. The domaci magarac, this is the Croatian name, is in danger of extinction so that’s why they have some areas reserved for them. In Telaščica there is a little place with few donkeys which you shouldn’t disturb too much because of their mood (as the poster says).

For the flora in the island we arrived in time when poppys start to put the point of color over the green landscape. Also gladiolos and salvia. The place is full of oak trees, olive trees and pine trees, as usual in the Croatian environment. But every time is different and unique.

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One place which on internet appears as the main point with the paradise qualities is the salty lake Mir, although in reality is a bit different. But walking around it is really beautiful and peaceful. You can go farther and see the rocky area which separates the lake from the sea. Here, geologically, is really impressive the stone wall on the western coast. One must also be careful because the highest point of the cliffs is 161 meters and there are some areas from where you can have a better view, but just be careful.

All the area has many hiking routes and apart from the main points there are alternative routes that drive you to another unknown places where you can enjoy it even more. Such is the case of one little sandy beach similar to Sakarun, but 10 times smaller.

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The ecological perspective in this Natural Park, and in general on the island is bit negative. Not because is not well cared for, but because of external factors. The Adriatic currents are dragging a lot of trash from different parts like Italy or Albania and they bring many plastics, glass, nets, cans… It is a shame for such an environment to be affected in this way. However, we should take this chance and help each other to solve such problems.