Discover Croatia’s 8 nationwide parks

Croatia is a well-liked summer time vacation vacation spot, with most individuals visiting for the good blue Adriatic Sea, lush islands, and sumptuous seashores. Nonetheless, on the subject of pure wonders, Croatia has considerably extra to supply. Due to the conserved water sources, wealthy natural world, spectacular lakes and rivers, and several other nationwide parks and nature safety areas, round 10% of Croatia’s floor is beneath pure/eco safety.

Allow us to meet Croatia’s magnificent nationwide parks!

Plitvice Nationwide Park

Plitvice Lakes Nationwide Park (native identify: Plitvička jezera) is a pure paradise and Croatia’s largest and first Nationwide Park, fashioned in 1949. Though nearly all of the park’s over 300 km2 territory is roofed in forest vegetation, the principle sights are its lakes and waterfalls. Sixteen separate lakes cascade one into the opposite, making the Higher and Decrease Lakes area. The park has eight round strolling routes, 4 mountaineering paths to discover the park’s calmer areas, and rowing at Kozjak Lake. The Park is open all yr and affords a singular expertise in every of the 4 seasons. Nationwide Park Plitvice, along with the Previous City of Dubrovnik, was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage record in 1979. Plitvice is situated in Lika, Croatia’s attractive mountain space halfway between Zagreb and the coast. Whereas visiting Plitvice, you may additionally discover Baraćeva Cave, Rastoke village surrounded by waterfalls or Memorial Middle “Nikola Tesla” in Smiljan.

Krka Nationwide Park

Should you’re in search of one other lake expertise, the Krka Nationwide Park in Šibenik will likewise depart you speechless. This 109-square-kilometer Nationwide Park developed across the 72-km-long river Krka, springing within the Dinara mountain and has seven waterfalls with a complete altitude drop of 242 meters. The park has 47 km of academic mountaineering paths and 470 km of bicycle routes, however the most well-liked attraction is the Skradinski Buk waterfall. This space, surrounded by a community of boardwalks and pathways, gives a wide range of actions equivalent to a historic city, watermills, and a washing space close to the waterfall itself. There are additionally thrilling boat journeys to quite a few areas contained in the Park, together with the Roški slap waterfall within the north, Visovac Island with its fifteenth century Franciscan Monastery, in addition to Krka monastery, near medieval forts of Trošenj and Nečven. Krka Nationwide Park can also be accessible year-round to vacationers.

Brijuni Nationwide Park

Set in western Istria, Brijuni Nationwide Park affords untouched nature, wonderful panorama and wealthy cultural heritage, protecting a complete space of 33,9 km2. The archipelago consists of 14 islands, the 2 most indented of that are Veliki Brijun and Mali Brijun. The park is well-known within the area because the official home of former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, who utilized it for a wide range of political and governmental engagements with leaders and kings from each East and West. Brijuni Nationwide Park has lots to supply when it comes to issues to see and do, however just a few excessive factors embrace the well-known 1600-year-old olive tree that’s nonetheless producing olives for oil manufacturing, the Safari Park, which options a number of indigenous and unique animals, dinosaur footprints (there are over 200 in Brijuni), a professionally guided archaeological tour, and a prepare experience across the island. The museum is open to the general public all yr, although it’s most handy to go to in the course of the summer time when cultural occasions are additionally accessible.

Mljet Nationwide Park

A unique Nationwide Park island expertise might be discovered on „Inexperienced Island“ Mljet, a brief ferry experience from Pelješac peninsula or a catamaran experience from Dubrovnik. Based in 1960, the Nationwide Park stretches over nearly 54 km2 and is the oldest marine protected space within the Mediterranean. Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero (Small Lake and Nice Lake), two deep bays stuffed with seawater, are essentially the most well-known spots on this space and important geological and marine phenomena.

Favorite actions within the Nationwide Park embrace mountaineering, biking, a ship experience throughout lakes, visiting the Twelfth-century monastery on the Isle of Saint Mary within the Nice Lake, and within the summertime, swimming within the pristine blue waters on the Nice Bridge. Mljet can also be a crusing paradise, with gorgeous bays, coves, and seashores, in addition to an attractive connoisseur provide. A cave with a particular story can also be discovered close to the village of Babino Polje. Homer, the traditional Greek poet, wrote about this island within the Odyssey, and in line with fable, its cave saved Odysseus when he was shipwrecked on his manner dwelling from the Trojan Wars. Whether or not legend or reality, there’s proof of the island relationship again to the 4th century B.C. in Greek writings.


Kornati Nationwide Park

Discover the maritime great thing about Kornati Nationwide Park in northern Dalmatia, which has 89 islands, islets, and reefs! With sheer cliffs, restricted vegetation, stone surfaces, and karstic terrain, it might be essentially the most iconic island archipelago within the Adriatic Sea. There are organized boat journeys from quite a few coastal cities together with Zadar, Muter, and Šibenik, or you might expertise the park at your individual tempo on a personal yacht or sailboat. Licensed divers could absolutely respect the underwater world, whereas others could take part in snorkelling journeys, fishing, or just swim within the crystal blue sea. For individuals who need to keep away from the new summer time months, a go to within the spring or fall could also be a greater choice. Mountain climbing can also be accessible on numerous islands with spectacular views and cultural relics, together with Illyrian cities, Tureta fortification, and the salt works on Lavsa. And, for a very unforgettable expertise and breathtaking views of the archipelago, why not fly over the Nationwide Park Kornati?

Risnjak Nationwide Park

True mountain-nature fanatics will respect each minute spent in Risnjak Nationwide Park. The park, situated within the Gorski Kotar mountain area close to Rijeka and near the Slovenian border, gives a wide range of mountain actions. The 63.5 km2 park space contains the centre part of the Risnjak and Snježnik massifs, in addition to the Kupa River’s springs. Risnjak can also be a pure habitat for bears, wolves, and lynxes, in addition to the wettest area in Croatia, with over 1,000 totally different sorts of flora and sub-species. It’s open all yr, nonetheless, it’s best to go to throughout a dry season with wonderful climate. Hottest actions embrace mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking, leisure fishing, sport commentary, and snowboarding.

Paklenica Nationwide Park

Based in 1949, Paklenica has grow to be the second Nationwide Park in Croatia, and UNESCO World Heritage web site since 2017 as a consequence of its historical, primaeval forest in Europe, nonetheless accessible in solely 12 locations in Europe, and solely 3 locations in Croatia. The park is situated some 47 km from Zadar and covers the 100 km2 within the south a part of the Velebit mountain vary. Most engaging sights are two canyons – 14-km lengthy Velika Paklenica and 12-km lengthy Mala Paklenica (Massive and Small Paklenica), and its highest peak Vaganjski vrh (1757 m). Paklenica is best suited for mountaineering and climbing and general having fun with stunning natural world.

Sjeverni Velebit Nationwide Park

Sjeverni Velebit (Northern Velebit), the newest addition to Croatia’s Nationwide Parks record, was granted such standing and recognition in 1999 owing to its wildness, biodiversity, and wealth of pure phenomena. The park encompasses 109 km2 within the northern half of Croatia’s biggest mountain vary, the Velebit. Essentially the most notable sights are the pure reserves Rožanski kuk and Hajdučki kuk, in addition to the Velebit Botanical Backyard, which was created in 1967. Mountain climbing is the most well-liked exercise, and the park has a number of mountaineering paths, together with the Premužić Path, which is considered a masterpiece of path design and gives entry to the rockiest space of the mountain. The park additionally accommodates a number of summer time lodge ruins, stone partitions, and the best meteorological station in Croatia atop peak Zavižan (1676 m). From the best peaks, you may see the Adriatic Sea and the islands Rab, Pag, Goli, Prvić, and Krk.