Nin Salt Fields and Birdwatching Tour of Vrana Lake Nature Park

Eco wildlife experiences in Zadar HInterland


Experienced polar guide Paola Palavecino is fresh from a season in Antarctica to bring birdwatchers to the Zadar hinterland - a bird corridor between Africa and Northern Europe!

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Duration:   full day

Difficulty:   kids friendly

Location:   Zadar - Nin

April to October

Tour description


It’s up with the sparrows, for an early morning start to visit the ornithological reserve and trail by the expansive Vrana Lake. As Croatia’s largest body of water, RAMSAR designated Vrana Lake has over 256 recorded species. In Spring and Autumn, 104 species can be found nesting and feeding. The global survival of 13 species is reliant on their nesting at Vrana Lake. These include the purple heron, great egret, spotted crake, pygmy cormorant and moustached warbler.

At midday, lunch is at the historic Mašković Han restaurant, a restored Ottoman Era building in the village beside Lake Vrana - a cultural gem, with a locally sourced menu. Following lunch, we head to the small seaside town of Nin, to see its salt fields which have been in operation for 1,500 years and use traditional methods for salt harvesting. Our guide discusses the salt industry and wildlife diversity at the fields. We are guided through the walking trails along ponds and salt fields for birdwatching and wildlife interpretation.

We complete our tour at the on-site salt museum, for an insight into the history and human settlement at this unique site with an opportunity to find an ecologically produced salty souvenir before you return to your accommodation.

  • This tour is private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation, all transfers during the tour, refreshments and picnic or restaurant lunch - depending on selection.
  • Bring your binoculars, camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen.

    SUSTAINABILITY NOTES:
    We encourage guests to avoid bringing any single-use plastic items along on this tour.
    All guests will receive a stainless steel Secret Dalmatia water bottle in appreciation for your cooperation.

Nin Salt Fields

The seaside Nin salt fields have operated for 1,500 years and host over 260 bird species. Vrana Nature Park hosts 60 per cent of the entire bird population of Croatia, with 256 species and at peak periods up to 100,000 migratory birds. Neighbouring village Vrana has three natural water springs, Knight Templar castle ruins and an historic Ottoman Era building we visit for our lunch break on this tour.

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AIRPORT NEARBY

Zadar

HARBOR NEARBY

Zadar

WEATHER

91°F  /  33°C

LOCAL TIME

4:24 PM

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Nin Salt Fields and Birdwatching Tour of Vrana Lake Nature Park

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Eco wildlife experiences in Zadar HInterland

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