You must experience the excitement of cycling on the islands. It is unforgettable experience regardless is it a road or a mountain biking. The possibilities are virtually unlimited given that the islands Pasman and Ugljan are connected by a bridge.
Both Islands are spreading in direction southeast – northwest and have a total of over 70 km of the island’s main road with very low traffic. The island of Pasman has over 60 km of gravel roads for mountain biking or trekking.
In the middle of the island the road stretches from one end of the island to another. Panoramic view of the Pasman channel with 16 islands, the mainland and in the background of our greatest mountain Velebit provides an unforgettable experience
If you just turn the other way you will see the paradise archipelago Kornati which connects Degi otok and its multitude of islands and islets. The view from the highest point of the island of Pasman, called Bokolj, will leave an unforgettable experience for your whole life.
Special offer for cycling clubs, sports or recreational,our company has two trucks with closed boxes (each up to 7.5 tonnes gross weight) that can deliver your bikes from any European destination.
After a very popular trekking in the world Croatian adrenaline sports came in – škraping. It’s a fast walk , rarely run, by the sharp and dangerous coastal rocks. The name comes from the Dalmatian word for these rocks – škrapa.
Škraping is very demanding discipline, arduous and requires great caution. You need to overcome sharp rocks, traverse notches, wriggle through the bush to find paths . Run is divided into ultra-serious length 42 km and light-easy length 21 km,each particular for women and men.
After the first škrapping 2006 the same event is held every year with the intention of visitors/ athletes from several European countries to learn more about the natural resources of the island of Pasman for different sports activities. This also marks the beginning of the tourist season on the island. Škraping of 2019 will be held 09. march from the neighboring town of Tkon which is only two kilometers from our camping. Much more about this traditional event at: www.skraping.hr
In relatively close vicinity there are three national parks and two nature parks. We are located in the immediate vicinity of the Kornati National Park (south-west of our island of Pasman) and Parks of Nature Telašćica (on Dugi otok about 7 nautical miles) and Vrana (7 km from Biograd).
Distance to the national park Paklenica (Velebit mountain slopes) is 72 km, while the distance to the national park Krka 65 km. Our probably most famous national park Plitvice (www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr) is 165 km away and is also easily accessible for a day trip.
Visit the most beautiful sites around the area:
Pašman Island and its surrounding area offer endless opportunities for walks to the sea and mountain areas. There are numerous trails and paths where with the scent of wild Mediterranean herbs you can feel the distinctive smells of seaweed that the waves washed ashore.
Just walking, you can visit several caves that residents of the island at various times had occasionally inhabited. You can also visit the early Christian ruins where inhabitans seeked shelter in case of war risk. (Pustograd, etc.,). You can also visit the rain forest of holm oak in the area Dumbočica with which you will be particularly surprised. Beside it there are large caves inhabited by wild pigeons.
In the island’s olive groves there are numerous stone houses circularly built in stone without any binding material. Many are older than a couple of hundred years and are still in use today.
Routes for trekking are planned for each group. They are gradually more and more demanding , but never too heavy,so that the consumption of appropriate traditional food and drinks at the final destination is pleasant and refreshing. For all tours we will provide a guide so you want have any problems finding your way, unless you want to wander alone.
During the trekking guide will introduce you to the herbs and edible Mediterranean forest fruits. Often you will encounter wild birds, especially pheasants and blackbirds, as well as the traces of wild boar.
In cooperation with our partner from Biograd (two kilometers from us) we organize internationally recognized diving courses. The training lasts for seven days, three hours a day, and is provided by internationally licensed coaches.
The price of the course is 350 euros , payable at the beginning of the course. More information about the course at: www.albamaris.hr
The transfer to the ferry and back for our guests is free. The crossing between Tkon – Biograd, is a trip that takes 15 minutes.
Hunting sardines exclusively in the nights without moon (aka. the dark) and large nets , at great depths. This is done with a large fishing boats length of 15-30 meters with a crew of 8 to 12 people. Once you locate sardines with depth sounder fish must be quickly surrounded with nets high up to 80 meters and long up to 800 meters. This is done with two extra boats (length of 6-7 meters) with the use of powerful spotlights on the main board. Light is luring fish to the surface , in the end it founds itself in a vast net whose bottom is closed. The net rises to the ship and inside can be found more than 10 tons of sardines, anchovies or other fish.
Hunting Koca also works at night at a greater depths _ in terrains with little risk that the net could get stuck. Large ships are towing the net over the sea bottom. It collects a large number of sea creatures, fish and shrimps. When the net is full, it is pulled on the boat and emptied . Then the process is repeated at least twice.
Big-fishing is tuna fishing. It is a very demanding fishing where the continuous throwing of sardines into the sea is used to lure the tunas.Also, the sardinas are the bait used for catching tunas. Fight with tuna that has taken the bait can last for hours depending on its size (up to several hundred kilograms). This fishing is for those who are armed with patience and can take a very high dose of adrenaline.
Classic fishing hooks for benthic fish, and various lures for cuttlefish and squid, practicing mostly during the day. They are especially good at the morning and evening. Fishing is from smaller vessels 4.5 to 6 meters in length and we practice it in Pasman channel or on its southwest side of the Kornati archipelago.
Rafting on the river Zrmanja trail is 14.5 km long and takes 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the level of the river. Zrmanja with its tributary Krupa belongs to the group of extremely beautiful European rivers. Perfectly clear water, magnificent canyon and beautiful waterfalls make all the prerequisites for an unforgettable experience. The first part of the trail of 6 km has a slope of 2.5% and is abundant with streams which are ideal for less demanding paddlers. After the big waterfall that is high near 12 meters and is bypassed on foot, slope of the river increases to 6%. Rapids, gorges and waterfalls are becoming more and more demanding.
Rafting is banned in the summer months (July and August) because of the low water level of the river and damaging the travertine barriers. It is a management decision of Velebit Nature Park.
for lovers of adrenaline rafting on Zrmanja should be chosen after heavy rains because then rafting is possible and upstream of the mills Žegar, which is the usual start of rafting trip.
recommended number of participants in rafting is from 4 to 30 participants and all the necessary equipment and boats can be rented. For larger groups we use professional Sotar boats for 8-10 persons with an experienced skipper. It is allowed for children to participate in rafting , children over 7 years accompanied by a parent. For all participants we provide all the necessary equipment: helmet, vest, waterproof suit and more.
“Survival” on a desert island in archipelago of Kornati:
- Stay and orient in nature on an uninhabited island 24, 48, or 72 hours with minimal tools for catching fish, collecting edible clams and sea snails, coastal wild edible vegetation, etc. with the assistance of local leaders.
- Switch from island to island in makeshift vessels in an effort to expand the menu.
- safe use of fire for heating and meals preparation in the coastal cliffs of the island to avoid the possibility of forest fire.
- improvised dwellings for sleeping and protection from the cold night.
- day and night fishing as a primary source of nutrition on a desert island.
- collecting edible wild vegetation.
Pašman channel which is in our part 5-6 kilometers wide and divided by two series of islets. The first series consists of four islands, while the second series also consists of four islands, of which last one is significantly larger,and there is a small village on it. The most frequent wind is the Mistral blowing from the northwest in the afternoon. Near the town of Pasman channel is practically so narrow that the sea runnes like a river in one direction or another (alternating current approximately every six hours). For surfers, especially less skilled, it is ideal because of the relatively strong wind and small waves. By Bura (wind from the mainland) and especially the Jugo (south-east wind that also blows in the direction of the channel of Pasman) waves are significantly larger and require more experienced surfers. For all boards and sails we possess the ability to store them over night by the sea. (family house with a walled garden).
The paddling course is in small boats with classic oars (one or two) provided to you by our team and with guide.
Sailing course in smaller vessels is also provided with an experienced leader. Sailing can be with a classic Latin sail , or in smaller sport boats (up to 5 meters in length) with sports sails (jib and mainsail). Successfully mastering the skills of sailing is achieved in an average of one week of learning with the trainer.
Ten kilometers east of Biograd there is Nature Park “Vrana Lake” famous ornithological reserve in Croatia. It is a protected habitat for a large number of birds. Within its edge there is village of Vrana , in which is very well preserved Turkish tavern (refectory, dormitory).
- In the 15th century the fort was built by the nobles Benkovic. It was surrounded by high walls and towers. In time, around the hill with the castle town developed that was named Benkovac. In the early 16th century the area is conquered by the Turks and the old fortress is converted in their castle. The Turks were there till 1647.g. Recently, the County Museum is established in the fort.. It owns archaeological and ethnographic collection,the collection of stone monuments, natural history collection, cultural, historical and collection of the Homeland War.
- The largest fair of cattle and traditional tools in Benkovac is held every 10th day of the month. At imposing surface it is possible to see and buy everything. A huge number of people is visiting the farm animals and all kinds of household products which are produced in the same way hundreds of years.
- Olive governing lasts all spring to the end of June, and in September to the beginning of the olive harvest in mid-October.
- The goal is to thin the canopy of centuries-old olive trees to be airy and sunny which is the main prerequisite for better fertility. We cut the branches that are two or more years old because the crop is expected to be at last year’s branches. Cut off branches are burned so various pests would not settled in these branches. Each participant is given its 3 to 5 olive trees that he can harvest in October.
- Olive harvest begins at mid of October . Each participant can harvest its 3 to 5 olive trees. They will be specially processed on conventional presses (old technology) . From the resulting oil , the customer gets half, and he can rightly said that it is his oil, from the beginning to the end. We provide free processing. This unforgettable experience will remain in a very nice memory.
Cultural and historical heritage of the island of Pasman is mostly represented in religious buildings. Almost all were built during the Middle Ages, and possibly later reconstructed. Every town has one or more smaller churches.
Among sacral monuments of culture are the two island’s monasteries: the Franciscan Monastery of S. Duje in Kraj and Benedictine monastery of St. Cosmas and Damian on the hill Cokovac.
Football, basketball, tennis, bowling (balote), beach volleyball in the sea, chess and many others.
In the village of Kraj and immediate vicinity there are grounds for a variety of recreational sports. There is playground for football and basketball, then bocce (bowling) and beach volleyball in the sea. There are also two tennis courts. All these courses are located close to the sea so it is a special experience to play on them.
In the silence of a large terrace (about 300 square meters) of our main object “Bistro Torkul” surrounded by forest of old olive trees there are ideal conditions for chess tournament.
In the camp, which is located next to the main building and in the forest of old olive trees, we have a large canopy of approximately 230 square meters which is ideal for a variety of events (summer is used for seminars, presentations, dances, performances of smaller bands live, etc.).