Three separate sandy beaches, modern hotels, the local cuisine that would stun the most sophisticated food connoisseurs, 2100 sunny hours per year, over 200 types of birds and around 20 types of fish, warm water with healing properties and a zoo – these are just a few of many attractions of the Palic Lake. Situated on the very border between Serbia and Hungary, barely 8 kilometers away from the town of Subotica, the lake and its surrounding Nature Preservation Area provide visitors with a unique experience.
Healing properties of muddy waters of the Palic Lake were known as early as 18th century. This prompted the Medical Society of Subotica to initiate the construction of the first thermal baths in 1837. The popularity of Palic thermal spas continued to rise throughout the 19th century, especially after opening of the rail link between Budapest and Zemun in 1883 and the first tram link between the lake and Subotica in 1897. It remains well connected to the present day with low cost taxi and local transport fares that attract many hikers, birdwatchers, fishermen, cyclists and watersport fans.
The 17-kilometer long coast is fully modernized to allow various outdoor activities while preserving nature. Since the 1960s, the lake surroundings offer football, volleyball, basketball and handball facilities. A thermo-mineral pool was opened in 1984. A decade and a half prior, the Palic Lake was virtually dead. In 1970, all wildlife in the lake was destroyed by pollution and algal bloom. A year later the lake was thoroughly drained and decontaminated. It was refilled in 1976 and the quality of water has been closely monitored ever since. Today, the new old lake proudly hosts 5 endangered bird species.