Croatia’s National Parks
Collected by Anja Mutic , AFAR Local Expert
Croatia features eight national parks, spread out over the country’s continental areas, coastline, and offshore islands. While the water wonderland of Plitvice is the most famous, each park offers something worth exploring, from hiking, biking, and rock-climbing trails to dinosaur footprints, ancient ruins, massive caves, and more.
Bijela Vodica 48, 51317, Crni Lug, Croatia
Tucked away in the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar between the Adriatic coast and continental Croatia, Risnjak National Park is named after the lynx (ris in Croatian) that roams its wooded wilderness. The park is also home to bears and wolves...
Northwest of Pula and just offshore from the seaside town of Fažana, this 14-island archipelago comprises vast meadows; forests of pine, holm oak, and laurel; rare flora like marine poppy and wild cucumber; and an ancient olive tree that’s...
[no name] 96, 53274, Krasno Polje, Croatia
The youngest of Croatia’s eight national parks, Northern Velebit features spellbinding landscapes full of unique plant species and wildlife. A hike up any one of the dozens of marked mountain trails ends in sweeping views of the Adriatic,...
Perched on the southern slopes of Velebit (Croatia’s largest mountain), Paklenica National Park is most renowned for its two canyons filled with otherworldly karsts. Also worth seeing here are Anića Kuk, Paklenica’s most popular rock-climbing...
Ul. Butina 2, 22243, Murter, Croatia
Sailing through Kornati National Park—an archipelago of 89 islands, islets, and reefs—is one of Croatia’s most extraordinary experiences. Starting from Telašćica Nature Park on the southeast end of Dugi Otok island, the mesmerizing boat adventure...
A scenic ferry ride from Dubrovnik, the island of Mljet is home to pristine forests, olive groves, vineyards, ancient Greek artifacts, and one of Croatia’s most beautiful national parks. In the village of Pomena, rent a bike to cycle along the...
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