This unique ‘dessert’ in Europe located on outskirts of Đurđevac in the north-east of Croatia is about to get a new attraction…
The Đurđevački pijesci sand reserves, which are thought to be the to be remainder of an old Croatian Desert that disappeared many, many years ago, are to introduce camel riding. Known as the Croatian ‘Sahara’, the sand reserves are still home to some desert plants, cacti, flora and fauna, including around 300 species of butterflies.
The 20 hectare reserve, which was pronounced as geographic and botanical reserve in 1963, will soon provide a unique European tourism product – camel rides in the desert.
In 2000 the geographic and botanical reserve became a part of eko-network Natura 2000, a programme which is part of the EU’s nature protection policy.
Being part of the programme means that funds are available for preserving the area of unique nature and make it more accessible to visitors and locals.