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Lonjsko Polje

Nature Park Lonjsko polje, being a wetland area, is among the most threatened habitats in the world. It is the largest protected wetland area, not only in Croatia but also in whole Danube basin.
Highlights
  • Nature Park covers an area of 507km2
  • Included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands
  • Important Bird Areas - IBA Status
Activities
  • Bird watching in 2 ornithological reserves with 250 bird species of which 134 nesting
  • 6 cycling trails with a total length of 301 km
  • 4 maintained hiking trails (availability depends on water levels) and 8 educational tours with a professional guide
  • Rent a canoue
  • Boat tours and excursions
Sights
  • Čigoć – the first European Stork Village
  • Krapje – Architectural Heritage Village

Attractions

Čigoć first European Stork Village. Due to the extremely favourable natural conditions, almost every house or barn is white storks nesting place, and there are more of them than people. Around 45 active nests host more than 200 storks while 70houses host only about 120 people.

Krapje, Architectural Heritage Village. The entire village made up of traditional oak houses has been protected as a cultural monument of the highest category. It is a unique example of rural architecture from Posavina region during the 18th and 19th century. Excursion tour boat "Juran and Sofia" gives you a great tour of the park by boat with an educational presentation of flora, fauna and history of the area.

Educational tour aboard the tourist ferry "VODOMAR" provides a unique view on the Empire of water in Nature Park Lonjsko polje. Info center also provides rent a canoe service allowing you to experience the park in a whole new way. Park waters are generally calm and provide almost no opportunities for tumbling.

Visitors are recommended to bring: waterproof clothing and self-contained, lightweight athletic shoes, backpack or soft bag, binoculars and camera.

Cycling

Park offers a total of 30 bikes (15 males and 15 females) for rented. For groups of 8 to 20 people Park can delivery bicycles at several prearranged locations within the park. Cycling trails are mostly using a large network of local roads. The terrain has no major elevation fluctuations and is suitable for cyclists of all levels of physical fitness. Park recommends 6 trails with a total length of 301 km linking numerous locations presenting a rich tourist offer of the region. It is possible to organize a cycling tour in the company of an expert guide.

Hiking

In the Nature Park visitors can independently follow two trails: "Posavac trail" that leads from the village Čigoćto Lonjskopolje, while "Frontiersman trail" goes from village Krapjeto village Drenov Bok and passes through the ornithological reserve KrapjeĐol. With expert guidance, there is a possibility of taking an educational forest trail "Tenina trail." When the field is not flooded, visitors can walk along the "Trail of the old oak tree." Park organizes half-day guided tours with 8 different programs: White Stork in Čigoć; Krapje village architectural heritage; Posavina horse, Park Amphibians, Spoonbill-bird with a spoon; Corncrake-bird from the wet meadows, Lowland flooded forests and the river Sava.

Fishing

Fishing is prohibited until further notice within the Nature Park. Fishing is possible in a number of designated locations around the park.

Birdwatching

Nature Park Lonjsko polje with 250 recorded bird species (of which 134 nesting) is one of the most important bird areas in Croatia, in 1989 it was listed as IBA (Important Bird Area). Lonjsko polje is an important nesting, wintering and habitat for numerous bird species with 79 species endangered at the European level and 133 species are protected by international conventions (Bern, Bonn, Wild Birds Directive).

In the park there are two ornithological reserves: Krapje Đol and Rakita. Area Krapje Đola is marshy and overgrown with lush diverse wetland vegetation. Here around 90-140 pairs spoonbill nest, which is almost 10% of the whole European spoonbill population.

During winter migration of birds Rakitais one of the areas with high population of ducks. Rakita ornithological reserve is also important as feeding area for herons, storks and many other wetland birds.

IMPORTANT: In order to move around ornithological reserves and other locations for bird watching visitors must first report to Park employees in the info-centre of the park (Krapje or Čigoć) where they will receive instructions on how to visiting those sites.

Cultural Heritage

At the park there are several ethno collections (Sučić family collection in Čigoć, Ravlić family collection in Mužilovčica and Palaić family collection in Krapje) that are protected as part of the cultural heritage of Croatia. They bring together hundreds of ethnic/rural objects mainly from the 18th and 19th century. Numerous agricultural tools, kitchen utensils, clothes, furniture and many other items providing visitors with a unique insight into the daily life of peasants at that time.

Gifts

Nature Park Souvenir shop offers a variety of books and magazines about the park, official hats and T shirts as well as a number of souvenirs made of clay or wood.