Recreation & relaxation in nature

With five nature reserves, a forest park, two protected landscapes, four natural monuments, two park design monuments and Mura-Drava Regional Park, Koprivnica-Križevci County offers a wide range of interesting, special destinations amid pristine, protected nature. Here, you can enjoy the mild, picturesque fields and meadows of the Drava river basin, experience the confluence of the river Mura into the Drava, discover the hidden world of the banks and channels of the Drava, explore the Veliki Pažut zoological reserve near Legrad, and walk the vast forests of Kalnik and Bilogora.

Fun and entertainment at Šoderica lake

This beautiful lake is just fifteen kilometres from Koprivnica, and it is a favourite among locals for swimming and fun in summer and for fishing, hiking, and recreation in nature all year round. During summer weekends, Šoderica plays host to a diverse range of events: Moto Meeting, Partyloop Open Air, Rocklive Festival, Beer Throne Challenges, and theatre plays. One of the most interesting events here is Country Weekend, an event that brings the Wild West to life through country music, dance, fun and games in a real cowboy town (complete with a saloon, jail, and bank).

Peace and quiet in Repaš and Čambina

The ancient forest of Repaš, rich in wild game, and the protected landscape of Čambina just a few kilometres away are places of peace and quiet, perfect for relaxation in nature. At just over 50 hectares, Čambina is a shallow, horseshoe-shaped pond ecosystem rich in aquatic vegetation that offers guests the chance to encounter Croatia’s rich swamp flora in a unique natural world on the channels of the river Drava. Birdwatching in this landscape is a truly incredible experience. In addition to accommodation, Čambina hunting lodge offers a wide selection of homemade meals featuring wild game.

The desert experience of Đurđevački pijesci

In the centre of the Drava river basin, near the town of Đurđevac, lies the 20-hectare Đurđevački pijesci desert, a geographical and botanical reserve and a unique natural phenomenon. The only desert in Croatia, its distinctive relief, dunes, wind, and sand offer both a unique desert experience and the chance to encounter the unique world of the plants and animals that inhabit this place.

Crni jarki – pristine nature

This forest near the village of Kalinovac is one of the most beautiful stands of black alder in Europe. This ancient plant community of various kinds of sedge and other plants is a unique forest vegetation reserve. This natural area has survived as a witness of times long past, providing visitors with a unique, enchanting experience in untouched nature.

From the Town’s Fishermen

The fishing areas of Koprivnica-Križevci County are richer in fish than any other in Croatia. The first and foremost among them is the 65km stretch of the river Drava that flows through the county, followed by around 40 small and large lakes, backwaters, and ponds. Šoderica, Jegeniš, Čingi-Lingi, Ravenska Kapela, Čabraji, Separacija Gat, and other lakes and ponds are rich in all kinds of freshwater fish. The most important catch-and-release lakes in the county are Autoput II, Ješkovo, Rasinja, and Drnić. Every year just before Easter, the members of the Koprivnica Fisherman’s Club organise a big fishing event in Koprivnica called ‘From the Town’s Fishermen’. Visitors can take part in a fish paprikash cook-off, catch fish from a pool full of carp, and sample delicious fire-roasted fish, fish paprikash, and other local fish specialties.

Through nature on horseback

This region proudly boasts Croatia’s first landscaped and marked horseback riding trail for tourists. At around three hundred kilometres in length, it crosses the entire county, from the mild plains of the Drava basin to the meadows, clearings, and forests of the slopes of Bilogora and Kalnika mountains. Within the town of Križevci, a number of horse breeders offer supervised horseback riding for beginners and guided field riding for more experienced riders.

Kalnik – recreation and adrenaline

Kalnik, a mountain the locals say everyone must climb, is a protected natural landscape. The ruins of Mali Kalnik castle from 1240 AD are on the western part of the mountain, while the Veliki Kalnik fortress is located on a lower rocky hill called ‘Katalina’, which offers one of the most beautiful views of the rolling landscape of the region. During the Tatar invasions, Croatian-Hungarian King Bela IV hid here. According to legend, the local residents fed him with plums, and he rewarded them with noble titles. These nobles are still referred to as ‘šljivari’ today (Cro. šljiva= plum). In addition to a 5km educational trail featuring 10 informative panels, visitors can walk the spacious meadows and hiking trails of Kalnik. For those looking for a bit more adrenaline, Kalnik features a number of bike trails through its forests and hundreds of rock climbing routes on its steep cliffs. Kalnik’s low altitude, easily accessible launch areas, excellent winds, and many thermals make Kalnik an ideal destination for hang gliders looking for hours of gliding and long flights. In the central part of the mountain, at an altitude of 480 metres, is the Kalnik mountain lodge, which is accessible from the village of Kalnik by paved road. It is a favourite destination for day hikes, and is especially well-known for its local specialty – savoury cheese strudel.

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