National Parks in Croatia
Anytime you feel the need to bond with Mother Nature and see some indescribable sights, Croatia can offer you all that and more.
Unbelievable diversity of landscapes and natural zones makes Croatia a truly one-of-a-kind destination. Densely forested islands, wonderful plains, ragged mountain peaks, waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, gorgeous beaches... All this natural treasure is protected by the state, which is why eight most valuable areas of Croatia have been granted the National Park status.
Three of the National Parks in Croatia - Kornati archipelago, Mljet island and Brijuni archipelago protect coastal areas.
Three more Parks - Paklenica, Risnjak and Northern Velebit protect mountainous areas of the country.
Finally, two other National Parks protect unique hydrographical phenomena. It is Plitvice and Krka National Parks.
If you think you have seen it all, visit at least one of the Croatian National Parks, and your aesthetic comprehending is bound to be changed. To be privileged to spend even a few moments in these spectacular natural sanctuaries and absorb its beauty is a great honor.
Plitvice, which enjoys the protection of UNESCO, is the most famed of all Croatia's natural treasures due to its 92 waterfalls.
Paklenica includes the highest mountains of the Velebit range with lots of canyons and caves and boasts an unique variety of flora and fauna.
Risnjak, located near Rijeka, is also an amazingly rich habitat, abounding in all the main types of forest and wildlife in Gorski Kotar with popular hiking trails.
National Park occupies the western side of the Mljet Island not far from Dubrovnik. It is noted for its two salt lakes, forests, and rich cultural heritage.
The Kornati archipelago, comprised of 140 islands, would be ideal for sailing fans and Robinson-like trips in search of a cozy island of their own.
Krka is renowned not only for the most beautiful karstic river in the country, but also as the area abounding in various species of animals.
The Brijuni archipelago stretching along the west coast of Istria is the famous coastal National Park of Croatia, which is often visited by world politicians and aristocrats.
The Northern Velebit, the youngest National Park of Croatia, is replete with caves, cliffs, barrows, and has the largest absolutely pristine forest in Croatia.