Papuk Nature Park Now Open for Accommodations with Eco Friendly Holiday Camp

Daniela Rogulj

The Duboka holiday camp, which is located in the Papuk Nature Park, is now taking visitors!

First tested by the small footballers from clubs NK Velika and NK Čačinci, the first accommodation facility for Papuk Nature Park is finally here, reports HRTurizam on May 26, 2017.

The investment, which was worth 2.8 million HRK plus VAT, was funded through the PARCS project “Global Fund for the Environment”, the beneficiary of which is the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Croatia.

The Duboka holiday camp is located in Velika on the southern slopes of the Papuk Nature Park, covering 8.000 m2. The space has a total of 32 accommodation units with capacity for up to 96 guests. Of these, 11 units are equipped with electricity and water to connect camper vehicles.

“The Papuk Nature Park attracts about 150-200,000 visitors annually, and due to the lack of accommodations, guests only stayed one day. That is why we have invested more and more in this park than ever before – hoping to bring visitors closer to the protected areas and inform them about the natural values and importance of healthy ecosystems for humans. This also helps the park to raise the quality level of visitor management and the protected area as a whole,” said Igor Kreitmeyer, Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

Special attention was paid to the ecological approach to the camp and how energy would be used and pollution prevented. Thus, solar panels for hot water, a biological waste water purifier, and a recycling yard to separate the collection of waste have all been installed in the camp. In addition, instead of using asphalt for the surface in the camp, stone aggregates and binders based on natural resins were used.

“During the planning and realization of the Duboka holiday camp, particular attention was paid to meeting the highest ecological standards and adapting the space to the disabled. In addition to the camp, just last year we completed the energetic reconstruction of the PP Papuk building here in Velika, with the aim of achieving almost zero energy consumption. This investment amounted to 1.2 million HRK and a successful demonstration of building certification in Energy Class B. I believe that these investments will contribute to improving the visitor experience of the park,” said Valentina Futač, project manager at PARCS.

In the campground, there is also a central service station with an office, reception facilities, and sanitary areas with hot and cold drinking water. 

Alen Jurenac, the director of the Papuk Nature Park, emphasized that the main motive for building the holiday camp was to provide an infrastructure that would serve to educate the local population, or primarily be able to maintain multi-day school trips in nature.

Jurenac also mentioned the recently presented UNESCO Geopark project which is worth more than 90 million HRK and will include a multimedia Geo-Info Center in Voćin, an adrenalin park in Velika, a landscaped Pannonian Sea House in Velika, and a children’s playground.


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