Nature has richly rewarded Paklenica Riviera area sorrounding it with sea, mountains, rivers, lakes and islands. Such diversity and wealh of the landscape on such a small area are rarely encountered. So only in a few minutes walk from the sea you can step into the world of Paklenica and Velebit. You can take a boat and sail to the sea towards magical Kornati islands or magnificent cliffs od Telaščica bay. Rivers Zrmanja, Krka and Una are beauties whose magnificent canyons, sparkling waterfalls and green watersides leave everyone breathless. Plitvice lakes, decorated with luxurious waterfalls and dense green forrests, is a gem of not only croatian, but world cultural heritage. And Vransko lake is a heaven for bird watchers. Because of their values, all of these areas are protected and they are conjoint in 5 national parks and 3 nature parks.
National park Paklenica
Extending between the highest peak of the Mt. Velebit (Vaganski vrh, 1758 m) and the Adriatic sea coast, over an area of 95 sq km, there is the National Park of Paklenica. Its major attractions are the monumental canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, which steep cliffs rising vertically for above 400 m have made the Paklenica a world famous alpinistic destination. The NP Paklenica is a challenge to every nature lover: a holiday-maker, mountain-climber, alpinist, adventure lover
National park Kornati
Kornati National Park is the majority of groups Kornati islands in the Croatian part of the Adriatic in Dalmatia, west from Šibenik, in the Šibenik-Knin County. Was declared a national park in the 1980th and then placed under protection. The total area of the park is about 220 square kilometers and consists of 89 islands, islets and rocks. The park area is only about 1/4 the mainland, while the rest of the marine ecosystem.
The vertical cliffs of the “crown” of the Kornati islands are facing the open sea, the most popular phenomenon of this park. They are habitats for rare species.
World Kornati submarine discover some other amazing stories. And it is good to know that the land is privately owned.
National park Krka
Krka National Park is one of the Croatian national parks, named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River in central Dalmatia, in Šibenik-Knin county, downstream Miljevci area, and just a few kilometers northeast of the city of Šibenik. It was formed to protect the Krka River and is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985. The Krka National Park belongs to the Southern European (Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean) region. Due to its special position and the mosaic distribution of various types of habitats, it is characterized by exceptionally rich and varied flora and fauna. Eight hundred and sixty species and subspecies of plants have been identified within the territory of the Krka National Park, including several endemic Illyrian-Adriatic species. Skradinski buk is one of the most attractive parts of the park. It is a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other, located in the Krka National Park in Croatia. It is the lowest of the three sets of waterfalls formed along the Krka river. In an area 400 m in length and 100 m in width there are 17 waterfalls and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 47.7 m. Due to the wealth and variety of geomorphological forms, vegetation, and the various effects caused by the play of light on the whirlpools, Skradinski buk is considered to be one of the most beautiful calcium carbonate waterfalls in Europe.
National park Plitvice lakes
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a special geological and hydrogeological phenomenon. Complex Plitvice Lakes were declared a national park in 8th April 1949. year. It is the largest, oldest and most visited Croatian national park. Represents a forested mountain area with a string of 16 smaller and larger lakes of crystal blue-green color. Lakes receive water from numerous rivers and streams, and they are connected with cascades and waterfalls. Travertine barriers, which are made in the period of about ten thousand years ago, one of the fundamental features of the park. The special geographical location and specific climatic conditions have contributed to the emergence of many natural and rich biodiversity. Travertine sediments are formed from the Pleistocene to the present in sinkholes and depressions between the surrounding mountains. Upper Lake in the south predominantly consist of dolomite, and lower lakes in the north of the limestone rocks.
Vast forest areas, the exceptional beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasting autumn colors, forest trails and wooden bridges and more a part of the Park, which is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1979. was among the first in the world. The park is divided into narrower and wider zone according to the degree of protection. It is located in two counties, 91% of the park is in the Lika-Senj, and 7% in the Karlovac County.
National park Northern Velebit
National park Northern Velebit
The unique landscapes and the greatest wealth of flora and fauna are to be found in the area of Northern Velebit National Park. Located in the peak area of the northernmost part of the mountain and extending over 109 km2, the national park is rich in exceptional features: the cone like karstic formations known as Hajdučki kukovi and Rožanski kukovi, the botanical garden set in a natural environment, and the pothole Lukina jama (Luka’s pothole). That is why Croatian mountaineers regard this area as the most precious jewel among all of the Croatia’s mountains.
Hajdučki kukovi and Rožanski kukovi, an endless range of rocky peaks with diverse and bizarre forms (the meaning of kukovi is hips) of up to 200 metres high, are situated in the very centre of the national park. This amazing rocky landscape is protected as a strictly regulated reserve, the strictest form of the nature protection in the country. Located amid Hajdučki kukovi, at an altitude of 1,475 metres, is Lukina jama. With its base being a mere 83 metres above the sea level, its overall depth of 1,392 metres makes it the eighth deepest pothole in the world. Despite the harsh and hostile rock bound wilderness, in the 1930s a trail was masterfully built through the Rožanski kukovi by an engineer Ante Premužić, a dedicated lover of Velebit after whom the trail was named. The Premužić trail is considered to be the most beautiful hiking trail in Croatia. It is also known as the one that offers, even to those of modest physical condition, an opportunity to walk safely along the edges of massive cliffs and precipitous abysses. From the trail one can enjoy wonderful views of the sea and the Kvarner islands.
Nature park Vrana lake
Vrana lake near Pakostane rightly named Nature Park. Rich in freshwater fish and is therefore a real fishing paradise for sports anglers who during almost the whole year can hunt on the lake and its shores. Cyclists and hikers will experience indescribable experience on its 30 km long bike trail that goes around the entire lake. The track passes through observation and spaces that take on a magnificent combination of colors with irresistible aromatic scents of wild plants and especially tempting scent of sage. Part of the trail provides a refuge in the coolness of the pine forest.
As one of the few, almost untouched natural habitats of water birds with drinking water and the area of specificity and biodiversity 21.07.1999. Vrana lake with the surrounding area was declared a nature park. Boundaries of the park between Pirovac and Pakostane. Park of 57 km2, and most of the 30.02 km2 belongs to Vrana deposited in a northwest-southeast direction and providing a parallel to the coast, from which, in places, less than a kilometer away.
Nature park Telaščica
Telascica bay is situated in the central part of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, in the southeastern part of Long Island. Thanks to its exceptional beauty, wealth and importance, this bay surrounded by 13 islands and islets, and six islands inside the bay was declared a nature park in the 1988th Protected area status gained in 1980. Thanks to its exceptionally valuable plant and animal life, geological and geomorphological phenomena, valuable communities of the sea bottom and interesting archaeological heritage.
Three basic phenomena constitute the basic characteristics of this area: the unique bay Telašćica as the safest, most beautiful and largest natural harbor in the Adriatic Sea, in which 25 small beaches, cliffs of the island of Long Island, or so-called “rock”, which rise to 161 meters above sea level and down to the depth of 90 m, and finally the salt lake “Peace” with healing properties. The most striking among islands is Katina, and the most unusual Taljurić. Total area of the Nature Park is 70.50 km2 and 25.95 km2 on Long Island and the neighboring islands, and 44.55 km2 of the sea. The Beautifully cultivated meadows and hills rich in Mediterranean vegetation with about 500 plant species and equally rich fauna. The undersea world has more than 300 plant and 300 animal species.
Nature park Velebit
The Velebit Nature Park stretches over an area of 2200 square kilometres from the Vratnik Pass in the north west to the Zrmanja River Canyon in the south east in a total length of 145 kilometres. It borders the Adriatic Sea to the west, and is surrounded by the Gacka, Lika and Gračac fields with the rivers Gacka, Lika and Otuča on the inland side. The largest single protected reach of land in Croatia, the Velebit Nature Park received its protected status in 1978 for its extraordinary natural values and importance for the preservation of biodiversity. The Nature Park has been included in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Park includes two national parks: the Paklenica National Park and the Northern Velebit National Park.