The lake in the former stone quarry near the village of Beňatina attracts hundreds of visitors from the surrounding as well as abroad in the summer months. People call the place as Small Croatia, because the scenery and turquoise clear water resembles Plitvice Lakes.

It used to be a travertine quarry, which was flooded by the ground water and created a beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by these travertine walls. The formation of this travertine continues today.

It is interesting to note that in the travertine walls there was found also an extraordinary 5 meter formation, which probably represents a petrified impression of a huge prehistoric fish. Thanks to this formation, the locals call Beňatina Lake also "Whale of Beňatina".

There is an official ban on bathing, but many cannot resist and swimm in the lake at their own risk. For tourists, only a small buffet operates seasonally near the lake.

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Marcela Kottmannová • Aug 2023
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