Explore Croatia’s 8 national parks

Croatia is a well-liked summer season vacation vacation spot, with most individuals visiting for the good blue Adriatic Sea, lush islands, and luxurious seashores. Nonetheless, in relation to pure wonders, Croatia has considerably extra to supply. Due to the conserved water assets, wealthy wildlife, spectacular lakes and rivers, and a number of other nationwide parks and nature safety areas, round 10% of Croatia’s floor is underneath 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 the vast majority 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 mountain climbing paths to discover the park’s calmer areas, and rowing at Kozjak Lake. The Park is open all 12 months and gives a novel expertise in every of the 4 seasons. Nationwide Park Plitvice, along with the Previous City of Dubrovnik, was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage listing 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 Heart “Nikola Tesla” in Smiljan.

Krka Nationwide Park

When you’re on the lookout for 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 instructional mountain climbing paths and 470 km of bicycle routes, however the preferred attraction is the Skradinski Buk waterfall. This space, surrounded by a community of boardwalks and pathways, offers a wide range of actions similar to a historic city, watermills, and a showering 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 be obtainable year-round to vacationers.

Brijuni Nationwide Park

Set in western Istria, Brijuni Nationwide Park gives untouched nature, wonderful panorama and wealthy cultural heritage, overlaying 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 so much to supply by way of 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 trip across the island. The museum is open to the general public all 12 months, although it’s most handy to go to through the summer season when cultural occasions are additionally obtainable.

Mljet Nationwide Park

A special Nationwide Park island expertise could be discovered on „Inexperienced Island“ Mljet, a brief ferry trip from Pelješac peninsula or a catamaran trip from Dubrovnik. Based in 1960, the Nationwide Park stretches over virtually 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 mountain climbing, biking, a ship trip 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 be a crusing paradise, with gorgeous bays, coves, and seashores, in addition to an attractive connoisseur supply. A cave with a particular story may additionally be discovered close to the village of Babino Polje. Homer, the traditional Greek poet, wrote about this island within the Odyssey, and based on fantasy, its cave saved Odysseus when he was shipwrecked on his means residence from the Trojan Wars. Whether or not legend or reality, there may be proof of the island relationship again to the 4th century B.C. in Greek writings.

Kornati Nationwide Park

Discover the maritime fantastic 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 could 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 chances are you’ll expertise the park at your individual tempo on a non-public yacht or sailboat. Licensed divers could totally recognize the underwater world, whereas others could take part in snorkelling journeys, fishing, or just swim within the crystal blue sea. For many who need to keep away from the recent summer season months, a go to within the spring or fall could also be a greater possibility. Mountain climbing can be obtainable on varied 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 lovers will recognize each minute spent in Risnjak Nationwide Park. The park, situated within the Gorski Kotar mountain area close to Rijeka and near the Slovenian border, offers a wide range of mountain actions. The 63.5 km2 park space consists of the centre part of the Risnjak and Snježnik massifs, in addition to the Kupa River’s springs. Risnjak can be a pure habitat for bears, wolves, and lynxes, in addition to the wettest area in Croatia, with over 1,000 completely different styles of flora and sub-species. It’s open all 12 months, nonetheless, it’s best to go to throughout a dry season with glorious climate. Hottest actions embrace mountain climbing, 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 historic, primaeval forest in Europe, nonetheless obtainable 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 most fitted for mountain climbing and climbing and general having fun with stunning wildlife.

Sjeverni Velebit Nationwide Park

Sjeverni Velebit (Northern Velebit), the latest addition to Croatia’s Nationwide Parks listing, 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 preferred exercise, and the park has a number of mountain climbing paths, together with the Premužić Path, which is thought to be a masterpiece of path design and offers entry to the rockiest space of the mountain. The park additionally comprises a number of summer season 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.

Christian Larss Kreković is a Basic Supervisor at Solar Gardens Dubrovnik. Solar Gardens Dubrovnik is a luxurious resort on the Adriatic coast in Croatia providing bespoke visitor experiences.

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