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  31.01.2019, 07:26h

Work has been finished at the Stinice Visitor Facility

The infrastructure works at the visitor's facility at Stinice, located in an interesting area on the eastern bank of Visovac Lake, have been completed with landscaping.

In this manner, the former Franciscan House at Stinice, which was renovated in 2015 into a multivalent structure that can be used for offering rest, information, and advice to visitors, is now surrounded by an attractive environment. The architectural and horticultural organization at this facility includes an area for small concerts and events, for which the Krka National Park allocated about 1,700,000 HRK. Further landscaping of part of the educational pedestrian path Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina cave, to the Visovac Kuželj House, is also being carried out. The trail will be bordered by stone or dry stone walls, arranged in accordance with traditional natural craftsmanship, without the use of mortar, as was entered onto UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 28, 2018. The completion of this project, costing 480,000 HRK, is planned for the end of February.

Such dry stone walls are also located along the 1 800 m long path leading from the hamlet of Bačići in the village of Drinovci to Visovac Lake, with a view of the island, which is also part of the visitor area, more diverse in content and oriented towards a more peaceful and educational time in nature. At Stinice a dock was reconstructed for boats that transport visitors the short trip of five minutes to Visovac Island. After the half-hour tour of the island, those who are interested in the wonderful world of the forest can continue on the Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana cave path, through a centuries-old downy oak and oriental hornbeam wood, to the Visovac Kuželj House, a former forester's lodge where today an exhibition “The Forester's House” is displayed in honor of the former guardians of the forest. The house and its surroundings form an attractive visitor center, designed to hold numerous educational programs. In the immediate vicinity there are also two shorter paths with lookout points, so that visitors can learn about the forest eco-system in direct contact with it. An 8 km long path runs from the Visovac Kuželj House to Oziđane pećina cave, one of the most beautiful educational pedestrian paths in Croatia. Officially opened in 2012, it made the entire magical middle course of the Krka River and the rich cultural and historical heritage of this area accessible to nature lovers.

The area of Stinice now represents a complete park feature, with a well-designed infrastructure and amenities that ensure a high quality reception of visitors with presentation of the Park, all meant to offer a complete experience of this valuable and unique area on the bank of Lake Visovac.