Telašćica Nature Park

The largest and safest natural harbour on the Adriatic Sea is the unique bay Telašćica. It is located in the southernmost part of Dugi otok, and consists of three parts - Tripuljak, Farfarikulac and Telašćica, which are separated by narrowings. At first glance, the bay looks like it has three separate lakes. The name Telašćica probably originated from the above. The Latin name "tilagus" describes just such a shape of the bay.

Approaching from the outside of the island, you can often see good dolphins happily jumping out of the sea, and in addition to them, we will notice the impressive cliffs of the island, known among the local long-island population as "stene". The largest one on the island, and also on the Adriatic, rises to 160 meters above sea level. It is located at the location Grpašćak, and in addition to height, it reaches a depth of 85 meters. The view from Grpašćak is truly unforgettable, and looking at the cliffs from the sea, you can see a gray falcon flying from its nest.

Of the 13 islands and islets outside, and six inside the bay itself, Taljurić is certainly the most interesting and unusual. The seemingly flat stone slab, three meters high and only 60 meters in diameter, looks like a plate, from which it got its name. The Park is rich in biodiversity, which is insignificant in only one place. Due to extreme conditions, heating in summer and cooling in winter, the salt lake Mir is not rich in life, but the nearby bay of the same name is rich in residents who delight visitors. The bay became a kind of refuge for donkeys, where, when they no longer needed them, the locals would release them.

The sea in and around the bay is rich in fish, especially deep fish, so it is not surprising that fishing has long been a very important component of life for the local population. Fishermen from Telašćica are mentioned in records as early as the tenth century. Numerous pre-Romanesque churches, as well as the remains of Roman villas, testify to the long population of the area.

Telašćica was declared a nature park in 1988 and is still constantly being explored.

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