National & nature parks

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The Kornati archipelago, which covers 230 square kilometres of uninhabited islands, islets and bays, is one of the most beautiful archipelagos on the Mediterranean coast. As the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic, the Kornati islands are a combination of beautiful, pristine nature and important archaeological sites dating to the Romans. Due to the exceptional beauty of the landscape, interesting geomorphology, indented coastline, and ecosystem, the Kornati Islands were declared a National Park in 1980. Boats with or without a skipper can be rented upon request.

Highlights:

  • A boat trip along the Zadar coast and uninhabited islands
  • Swimming and diving in the sea
  • Walking on the island 

The Krka river is renowned for its travertine waterfalls, a special type of limestone. The beauty of the Krka river is a natural phenomenon. It comprises seven waterfalls. The most impressive waterfalls are Skradinski buk and Roški slap. Skradinski buk is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe. You can visit a small museum and old mill, as well as the Franciscan monastery in the park on Visovac island. Visovac is in the middle of a lake, an extension of the Krka river, where the water has created a karst plateau. It is a harmonious blend of natural and historical heritage. The island hosting the Franciscan monastery, church and museum can also be visited.

 

Highlights:

  • Visit Skradinski buk waterfall
  • Walk through the forest and swim in the river
  • Boat ride to Skradin
  • Boat ride to Visovac
  • Visit Sibenik city 

Paklenica National Park includes the most attractive areas of southern Velebit, including its highest peak. The park’s main attraction is the two stunning canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, which are cut into the mountain and descend from dizzying heights right down to the sea. Within the relatively small area of the national park are several unique karst relief forms, some caves, and lush and varied flora and fauna. The "Anića kuk" rock is the most outstanding of steep rock faces, and is the most popular destination for Croatian Alpinists.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Trekking tour through the park to a mountain hut
  • Visit a cave in the national park
  • Diversity of plant and animal species
  • Alpine climbing school can be organised 

Like pearls on a chain, the 16 lakes with crystal clear water are strung out over just 7 km. Separated by limestone barriers, the cascading waterfalls tumble down 156 m. In 1979 this national park was included on the UNESCO list of world natural heritage. Immerse yourself in this unique natural beauty, and be enchanted by the magical green water. Enjoy crossing one of the largest lakes in an electric boat.

Highlights:

  • Visit the most well-known national park on the UNESCO list of world natural heritage
  • Walk various hiking trails
  • Boat ride
     

Lake Vrana is a special combination of land and water, providing refuge to numerous plant and animal species. It’s actually a karst valley filled with brackish water. Between the pines, bird watchers can observe birds, their nesting habits, and their care for the young. 249 species of birds have been recorded, 102 of which nest in the park. The park is also an important resting and feeding area for the whole range of endangered species in Europe. In addition to birds, the lake also has numerous fish. This area has many additional features that are currently being explored.

Highlights:

  • Bird watching
  • Hiking tour through the Vrana Nature Park – the largest lake in Croatia
  • Kamenjak viewpoint overlooking the Kornati archipelago