About Maskovica Han Heritage Hotel
Maškovića Han is a heritage hotel located in Pakoštane, just a little inland from Zadar and on the lake of Vrsana. The property includes an archaeological site of an original 17th century Turkish hammam, as well as a museum.
The construction of Mašković Han began in 1644 by the order and funds of Jusuf Mašković, originally from Vrana, a high dignitary on the Sultan's court and a supreme admiral of the Turkish fleet. Han was intended to be a summer house for Mašković when he returned from Constantinople to his homeland. In 1645, Mašković, with 60,000 warriors, conquered Crete, and the nobility that he showed towards the captured Venetian soldiers and citizens made him one of the most prominent warriors of all time, but he provoked the anger of the sultan who summoned him to the court where Mašković was then executed. His tragic destiny left a trace also on Han, which was not completed in the planned form, but rather in a much more modest form.
This hotel is available as part of any tailor made holiday with Rediscover the World.
Accommodation: 14 standard rooms (10 doubles and 4 twins) and 2 deluxe apartments. All rooms and apartments have SAT TV, a bathroom (with hairdryer, shower gel and shampoo), safe, mini-bar, air-conditioning. All double rooms are 21m2, while the apartments are 40m2.
Facilities: The restaurant is located on the site of a former mosque, the interior of the restaurant contains preserved mosque elements (slots in the walls that were once used as a gallery, arches around windows and doors, etc.). The idea and philosophy of the gastronomic offer is in fresh, seasonal foods from local suppliers; cuisines is a mix of Mediterranean and Oriental.
Within the building there is a museum with a permanent exhibition of objects found in the area of Pakoštan and Vrana. Most of the artefacts were found during underwater archaeological research in today's Pakoštan port.
The souvenir shop and wine shop offer a great choice of items including top quality wines and diverse choice of olive oil and local products. Emphasis is given to producers who base their processing on traditional methods and from organic and locally grown ingredients which are characteristic for the Mediterranean and local climate.
In the Vransko area there are well-kept bicycle trails, and they differ in difficulty and landscape through which they pass, and together they are approximately 50 kilometres long. The most common route begins at Vransko near the local church, then goes over a small hill called Majdan and continues along the northern coast of Vransko Lake. The route is the most beautiful, but also the most demanding, so it is advisable to plan well before starting. The trail passes through the gazebo Kamenjak which offers an unforgettable view of the entire lake, coast and islands and is an ideal location for a break. It continues to Prosika, a channel that connects the lake and the sea and then moves through the olive groves.
** The Renovation of the Maškovića Han (Caravanserai) and Economic Revival of the Town of Vrane Project was co-financed by the EU and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and prepared in collaboration with the Municipality of Pakoštane and the Town of Vrana.