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August 21, 2018 by ClickToCroatia Team

National Park Brijuni

National park Brijuni is a group of islands found in the archipelago of the historical Istrian Peninsula, located nearby Pula city. Veliki/Great Brijun, Mali Brijun and 12 smaller islands are famous for their natural beauties and interesting historical sites.

Veliki Brijun, a pure picture of untamed nature, the Safari and ethno Parks and the Bird reserve offer you the pleasure of visiting elephants, camels, zebras and numerous other different animals. The Brijuni islands are in the vicinity of Fažana while being only 7 kilometers away from Pula, the main road, railroad, aviation and maritime junction, connected with Brijuni through regular ferry lines i.e. (only a 15 minutes ferry ride away from Pula).

National Park Kornati

National park Kornati encompasses the greater part of the Kornati islands and represent the largest and most dense Mediterranean archipelago. In 1980 Kornati were proclaimed a National Park and put under strict protection. Today the NP occupies around 220 km². Also, towards the open sea there is a special underwater reserve around the small island Purar.

Besides great kayak and glider routes, there are also interesting hiking routes even though the islands are small. The clear and rich sea-bed is stimulating for diving and fishing. The Kornati Cup is extremely attractive for yachtsmen.

National Park Krka

National Park Krka occupies a 45 kilometer long section of the river Krka between Knin and Skradin and the lower course of the river Čikola. An untamed and crystal-clear river Krka, with its 7 extraordinary cascades, flows two thirds of its length through canyons. It also has a very rich flora and fauna with over 200 types of birds. The hydro-electric power plant Jaruga under the cascade Skradinski buk was built in August 28 1895, only three days after the first hydro-electric power plant on the Niagara Falls.

On Visovačka lake, there is the island Visovac with a Franciscan monastery, rich with cultural history and pastoral gardens. The Franciscans will be glad if you pay them a visit!

National Park Mljet

The island Mljet is located approximately 30 kilometers northwest from Dubrovnik. 90% of Mljet is covered in forest, which classifies it into the group of most afforested Mediterranean islands with the greenest surfaces. The two lakes, Malo jezero and Veliko jezero, are connected through a channel; the latter contains a very small island with a Benedictine abbey from the 12th century.

It is possible to paddle towards hidden beaches and sea caves even beyond the borders of the park. But aside from that, also visit peaks with Illyrian fortresses, places of traditional architecture and taverns that offer specialties of the island’s cuisine.

Due to the same term used in the Roman and later Latin scriptures, Mljet was throughout history very often confused with the island Malta. Many historians today are convinced that the today’s two world famous legends about the ship wreck of Homer’s Odysseus, and that of St. Paul happened exactly on Mljet and not on the larger and more famous Malta.

National Park Paklenica

The landscapes of the NP are dominated by canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica. Hiking through parallel canyons, which are the most attractive natural environments of the Mediterranean, offers untamed nature within reach of Mediterranean beaches.

The NP disposes of more than 400 free climbing routes, all with different degrees of difficulty. The visitors are attracted by numerous, impressive caves.

National Park Plitvička jezera (Plitvice Lakes)

Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s most famous NP, which was among the first admitted to the UNESCO world heritage list. Magnificent forest landscapes between the mountains Mala Kapela and Plješevica are a system of 16 lakes connected through numerous cascades.

The rainforest of beech and fir tree Čorkova uvala/valley and various different bird species and caves fulfill the magnificent landscape. During the winter season snow and ice cover the mountains, forests, lakes and cascades. There you can find the most attractive biking and hiking tracks in Europe. You can also get a special canoe-ride license.

National Park Risnjak

This mountain massif, located nearby the Slovenian boarder, links the Alps with the Dinarides and encompasses the Great/Veliki Risnjak (1528 m) and Snježnik (1506 m). Vast surfaces are covered by coniferous wood forests, mountain meadows, and lower Alpine and Alpine flora with many endemic species.

Risnjak was named after the lynx that habituate in its woods. The rest of wildlife in this area are bears, wolves, chamois, Alpine deer and wild boar, while the mountain rivers and brooks offer a habitat for trout and other salmonid fish. Risnjak is especially interesting for Alpine biking and mountaineering and the river Krupa for kayaking and canoe.

National Park North Velebit

National Park North Velebit, proclaimed a NP in 1999, is situated in the northern part of the Velebit mountain massif nearby Senj. From the sea side the park is bound by barren rocks over the Velebit canal, and filled by a forest valley from the inside. On Zavižan (1594 m), which is an excellent starting point for hiking and riding tours and also a challenge for experienced Alpine bikers, climbers, paraglide admirers, and cavers, there is a mountain house and a botanical garden. In that area in 1992 Lukina jama/cave was discovered, and until today it represents the deepest cave in Croatia and the deepest in southeast Europe (1392 m).

This rocky area full of phenomena is of course worth a visit. The most renowned mountain track is Premužićeva staza that leads to a reserve named Rožanski kukovi and gives you a delightful look on the sea, islands around the Rab and the strict reserve Hajdučki kukovi.