National Parks in Croatia
There are 8 National Parks in Croatia: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice’s Lake, Risnjak, and North Velebit.
National Park Brijuni
A creator is part of the Earth intended to shape on the image of Heaven. That was the Istria, like a garden covered with magnificent trees and vast meadows, washed by the deep blue sea, appealing people to a happier life. But the jealous devil destroyed his work by tearing the bag in which the angel was carrying the unused stones. Thousands of rocks scattered around the Istria land, the land of contrasts, gentle and rough, fertile and barren, sunny and cloudy. The desolated angels gathered the pieces of Heaven remaining among the scattered rocks and protected them by the sea waves and that is how is created Brijuni.
Along the western coast are several island groups among which the most interesting, the largest and most indented is the Brijuni Island.
National Park Kornati
Kornati National Park is a larger part of the Kornati archipelago. Kornati archipelago, a group of islands is situated in between Sibenik and Zadar. This is the most developed island’s ecosystem in the Adriatic Sea, which includes as many as 12% of all Croatian islands (1264 islands, of which 67 are populated), and only 1% of the Croatian sea surface. Kornati have attention of many boaters, divers, hikers and other nature lovers and what nature offers.
National Park Krka
Krka is the seventh national park in Croatia, known for its many lakes and waterfalls. It was named after the river Krka that it encloses. National Park is located in central Dalmatia downstream Miljevci, and only a few kilometres northeast of the town of Sibenik. Krka river now has 7 waterfalls and theirs beauty is a natural phenomenon. It is recommended to visit National Park Krka in the spring and summer because then it is in all their glory, and you can be refreshed in the clear water.
Larger falls were Bilusic Buk, waterfall Brljanski, Manojlovac, Rosnjak, Miljacka, Roski and Skradinski buk.
National Park Mljet
Mljet is for many tourists an island lost at sea. Mljet is mentioned in the stories of Ulysses, St Paul, Benedictines and the Mediterranean monk seal.
Mljet belongs to the Mediterranean climate with dry, clear and very warm summers and rainy but mild winters, with most rainfall in late autumn and early winter. It is Croatia’s greenest island, lush Mediterranean vegetation, clear and clean sea, gentle sandy bays, and rich underwater sea life. Once you grasp on this historic island of marvelous beauty and original nature.
National Park Paklenica
National Park Paklenica stretches on the littoral slope of South Velebit directly above the settlement Marasovici to highest peaks (Vaganski vrh, Babin vrh, Sveto brdo).
Certainly, the most attractive parts of southern Velebit are the canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica.
For the central part of the park is the relief complex of Borovnik and Crni vrh. The eastern part of the park geomorphological very differentiated, inaccessible and wild.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The best and most among the eight National Parks in Croatia – Plitvice Lakes, is only natural, cultural values in society, in Croatia included in the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 1979, among the first in the world.
National Park Plitvice Lakes is the largest, oldest and most popular Croatian National Park. Plitvice Lakes represents a forested mountain in a series of 16 small and large crystal blue lakes. Lakes receive water from many rivers and streams, and they are connected by cascades and waterfalls. The special geographical location and specific climatic features have contributed to the emergence of many natural phenomena and rich biodiversity.
Vast forest areas, exceptional lakes and waterfalls, flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasting autumn colours, trails, timber bridges and much more, create a unique place.
At the Plitvice Lakes is the source of the river Korana, which is supplied with water from the lake. The climate in the National Park is temperate mountain.
National Park Risnjak
National Park Risnjak has a strong climate and vegetation partition between the Croatian coast and inland parts of Croatian. The park is a natural connection between the Alps and the Balkan mountains. Park Risnjak has 1148 species and subspecies of plants and it’s the natural habitat of three large European carnivores (bear, wolf, and lynx).
National Park Northern Velebit
The most attractive locations in National Park Northern Velebit are: Zavizan, Velebit Botanical Garden, Premuzic’s path, Alan, Stirovaca, and Lubenovac. Zavizan and Alan are areas with a constant exchange of open grassland, rich green forests and huge stone blocks of limestone, as well as being surrounded by peaks which offer magnificent views of the sea and Lika. In the Velebit botanical garden, you can enjoy in a wealth of Velebit’s flora and diversity of plant communities. Area of Stirovaca is extremely rich with forests of spruce and fir. Lubenovac is Velebit’s spacious lawn and attracts you with the rich remains of old apartments and dry stone walls which testify to the former life of people on the mountain and represent the cultural heritage of this region. Premuzic’s path takes you to the very tops of Velebit and amazes you with performance and diversity of surface karst formations. Whichever place was chosen to start dating Velebit we hope you’ll enjoy in the diversity of the landscape and feel the primeval wilderness!