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.
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.
14 standard rooms (10 doubles and 4 twins) and 2 deluxe apartments. All rooms and apartments are en suite and have air-conditioning, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, minibar. Apartments are larger and have a separate sitting area with sofa bed, suitable for a third adult or two children. All rooms and apartments are on the ground floor, each with a separate entrance.
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.
There is a sauna and Jacuzzi at the hotel and massages are available to book.
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 Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear, warm water, spectacular canyons with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginners but their scenery makes them very exciting
The island of Zlarin is only 2 kms from the mainland. It is a perfect place for kayaking and some swimming. You can try out local restaurants that offer different fish dishes, explore the island’s renowned coral history or just relax in the perfect quietness of the island with no traffic or cars.