Knightly Days in Vrana
It is difficult to reconstruct history. Dreamlike pictures jump out from the thick weave of history, from the dark partitions of time: the Templars, the Hospitallers, Turkish pasha, Papal messengers, the Vrana priors… are only a few of the characters from the long and layered Pakoštane history.
During the “KNIGHTLY DAYS IN VRANA”, a historical spectacle, there are re-enactments of scenes from times long past. Before you there will be a medieval camp, knight tournaments, old crafts, plays, knights-horsemen from all over Croatia and abroad, falcon trainers, commoners, jugglers and the poor… picturesque folk costumes, uniforms, war devices and add to this a rich a culinary offer based on medieval recipes. You will be awed by everything you see, but when you are offered fruits of the land from the Vrana fields you will not know where the true throne of pleasure resides: in your eyes or on your taste.
Right next to Han Jusufpaše Maškovića, the last Turkish fortress on the edge of western civilisation, a historical spectacle will take you back to the time of great battles, and if you close your eyes for a moment, it will seem as if you are part of the heroic army, a protruding bulwark before the Turkish onslaught, the grand Vrana priors Ivan Paližna and Petar Berislavić.
During the days of the Vrana Knights you have the opportunity to attend a real medieval battle at sea. In a quiet evening, the Turkish fleet of boats and sailboats slowly enters the port of Pakoštane with the intent to take it. But soon locals react and defend the place. Flaming arrows flying everywhere, you can hear shouts and noise from ships, cannons wait readily, catapults trying to repel the Turks further … history reconstructed in a stormy night ending with celebration, of course of the locals, and fireworks while the Turkish fleet in the distance flees to the south.
Off the paths trod by armies, outside the routes sailed by ships armed with cannons, lived women, who history never noted because history has always been a story of wars, conquering armies, burning and plundering. These women also lived among all these famous and less famous pages of history; they are our mothers, wives, daughters. While noting the wondrous uniforms of conquerors, history never noted the folk clothing worn by women. While the armies fortified themselves with the blood of the defeated, history never noted the food the women prepared and laid forth to eat before the victors or the defeated. Their skills, crafts and beauty were never noted. Of all the women throughout history, only those women whose beauty caught the eye of rulers and soldiers of any kind were noted. That is why this event is the beginning of the story of a great history of the region – the history of women.
Come to MATERINE UŽANCE, to the stone streets of an old locality, among the walls of times long past and taste the food of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers: Čućke, gnocchi, boiled octopus, shellfish, pršut (smoked ham), cheese… salty and sweet: almonds in sugar, mimce, fritule and kroštule (traditional desserts) … Everything is prepared, mixed and cooked before you a number of times throughout the summer. Come and have a taste, the story has no end.
Those who love active holidays and cycling have the opportunity to participate in the Cycling Marathon around Lake Vrana, which is traditionally held on May 1, organized by BBK Pakoštane and TB Pakoštane.
The Vransko Lake Cycle Trail is circular in length of 48 km, with a smaller part of the trail (3 km) leading along the main thoroughfare and additional caution is required.
Since the trail passes through the Vransko Lake Nature Park and the ornithological reserve within the park, it offers a unique experience of watching the flora and fauna of the park as well as the historical sites along this route.
Make sure you enjoy the blend of natural beauty and sports.