Vransko Jezero - Crkvine Boardwalk

Vrana  >  Croatia

Beautiful lake, where 256 bird species have been seen. On the north side of the lake a boardwalk leads through the reeds and marshes.

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Most recent update 10 April 2024


Vransko Jezero National Nature Park is famous for its birds. Lake Vransko reserve is on the list of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) in Europe. It is the largest natural lake in Croatia and one of the best wetlands in this part of the country for birds and birders. A great variety of birds have been recorded here – 256 species at the last count. Some are migratory, others, such as Purple Heron and Pygmy Cormorant, actually nest here, along with 100 other species of birds. It is a nice lake for birding, with a lot of birds. Other birds you can see here are Western Marsh Harrier, Black-headed Bunting, Collared Pratincole, Common Kingfisher, Little Egret, Great Egret, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Bittern, Great Cormorant. The lake is at its best in spring (April & May) and in autumn (September & October). Depending on the water level also a good number of waders can be observed.

The most easy accessible part of the lake is the 600 meter long boardwalk next to the Info Center Crkvine on the north side of the lake. It has plenty of viewpoints and several low bird observations towers. Entrance fee is € 5 pp (2024). But don't forget to check the canals, small-scale agricultural plots and meadows in the surrounding fields, between the Crkvine boardwalk and the village of Vrana to the north, where often many other interesting birds can be spotted.



The boardwalk trail at Lake Vransko is easy accessible by car and has a parking. Click on the P in the map for directions to the parking. Besides the boardwalk, it is interesting to explore the area north of it. This is also part of the ornithological reserve. Note that not all paths are accessible. Please respect the signs and do not enter the areas that are not accessible to visitors. Having said that, the protected area between the Crkvine boardwalk and the village of Vrana has plenty of unpaved paths and rural roads that you are allowed to explore on foot and that lead to interesting wet meadows and small-scale agricultural fields.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake , Reedbeds


Open landscape , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Winter

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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Place to stay

Camp Ljubac

Northern Dalmatia  >  Croatia

Located at the heart of Zadar's county birdwatching scene, Camp Ljubac caters perfectly to birding and nature enthusiasts. Whether you fancy a cabin or a glamping tent, the accommodations are immersed in nature. Complete with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and a wooded outdoor terrace, you'll have all you need. Close to the sea and growing in popularity among nature enthusiasts, Camp Ljubac is an ideal base for your birdwatching in Northern Dalmatia.


If you stay between 01/09 and 31/10 in Camp Ljubac you get a 10% discount on the room rate + 2 free transfers from & to Zadar’s airport (in case of arrival via plane) or 2 free transfers to Zadar City Old Town. Click on the Special Offer tab on the Camp Ljubac website (see the link below) to book the offer. Bookable until 31/08 2024. Minimum stays 3 days - Maximum stays 7 days. Cancellation policy : Guests will be charged 30% of the reservation if they cancel. All prices are VAT included.

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