If you love nature and never been to Croatia, you should go there before you die!!!
has a beautiful and well-indented coast with thousands of
, reefs and bays. Numerous romantic ruins, charming hills, countless natural beauties and phenomena are waiting to be discovered.
There are eight national parks in this small country: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit.
Their total area is 994 km²; 759 km² is land and 235 km² is water.The most popular Croatian National Parks are Plitvice Lakes, followed by Krka,Brijuni and Paklenica.The Croatian law on the preservation of nature defines national parks as one of the eight types of protected areas of nature.
My favorite is Plitvice Lakes National Park
, it lies in sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres.
I spent my days cycling most of the time around the beautiful national parks.
Here are some of my pictures of Plitvice Lakes….
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What is there to do In Plitvice Lakes?
There really is nothing better than to walk (or hike) through the Park, taking in the beautiful surroundings and admiring the lakes, waterfalls, nature and wildlife. The Park prints out maps for a number of different walks, of varying lengths, that can be undertaken starting from either entrance – who’s tough enough for the 8 hour sightseeing walk?!
There is also an electric boat that takes you from one side of the largest lake to the other. This boat runs all year round, more frequently during summer.
A “panoramic train” (i.e. a shuttle bus) also runs within a particular route in the park. You can walk part of the way through the park and then hop on the shuttle bus to take you back to one of the entrances.
Best of all, Plitvice Lakes isn’t just for summer. It’s a stunning place to visit any time of year as the different seasons sea the Park take on different hues. Even in winter – Plitvice is also amazing to see in the snow.
A restaurant – Licka kuca (Lika House) – is located near Entrance 1. It serves traditional food from the Lika region of Croatia, in which Plitvice Lakes National Park is situated.
And in answer to a question I sometimes receive:
swimming (or any other kind of water activity!) is
allowed anywhere in the Park. The Park’s wonderfully clear waters need to be kept that way!
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Brijuni National Park
National Park Brijuni
– Brijuni consists of 14 islands and islets having a total surface area of 36.3 km². Thanks to its indented coastline, diverse flora and fauna, Brijuni is sometimes referred to as Heaven on Earthall. Park (location, climate, flora and fauna, sea world), cultural and historical heritage (since the Stone Age until now), offers and price list (accommodation, excursions, sports)…read more about Brijuni
Kornati National Park
National Park Kornati
– has a total surface area of 220 km², comprising 89 islands, islets and reefs. Land accounts for only around 1/4 of the park’s area – the rest is a marine ecosystem – the area map, the description of islands, a islets and reefs, photo documentaries, a code of conduct, news for eco-tourist, …read more about Kornati
Krka National Park
National Park Krka
– named after Krka River that runs within the park. The national park is located in Central Dalmatia, only a few kilometers northeast of the Šibenik. Pages where you can find everything about National park Krka, in a very interesting and picturesque way – read more about Krka
Mljet National Park
National Park Mljet
– National Park Mljet in the far south of Croatia is often referred to as the most beautiful Adriatic island because it has some truly rare sites – a lake in the middle of the island and an island in the lake with a castle on the island, a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. This almost surreal image seems to have been extracted from the most beautiful stories. According to one of them, Mljet was part of Odysseus’ route and nymph Calypso kept him in captivity there. All on national park, a map, rules and price list, flora and fauna, cultural heritage, picture gallery… Info on daytrip to National Park Mljet + Mljet Travel Guide .. read more about Mljet
Paklenica National Park
National Park Paklenica
– Paklenica is an area of unusual contact between the sea and the mountain, rich in natural forests of beech, black pine and mountain pine…All about national park – tickets, service, price list, vegetable and animal world, alpinism, free climbing, photo gallery…read more about Parklenica
Plitvicka Jezera (Plitvice Lakes) National Park
National Park Plitvice Lakes
– a woody mountainous region with a string of 16 smaller and larger lakes of a crystal blue and green color. They are supplied by water from numerous small rivers and streams and are interconnected with foamy cascades and forest falls. The complete naturalist guide, accommodation, reservation and prices, map of Pitvice, picture gallery, video sequences… Find out more about Plitvice Lakes on: Protected Areas Programme + info page about Plitvice Lakes.
Risnjak National Park
National Park Risnjak
– Risnjak (1528 m) is the second highest mountain in Gorski kotar. In 1953, it became the national park of the Republic of Croatia. Reasons for that are different, but can be summed up to the following: On the relatively small area, there is a great variety of the first class geographical, geological, and other natural phenomena, easily accessible for visitors. The natural beauties are almost untouched by man.National Park Risnjak is situated in the Mount Risnjak massif and its 1528 meter peak being the basis of the park. To enjoy the beauties of Risnjak, you need to have a special sense for the thrills of natural phenomena. History and natural heritage, Park visits, accommodation, activities and price list, events photo-gallery…read more about Risnjak
Sjeverni Velebit (North Velebit) National Park
National Park North Velebit
– a diversity of karstic phenomena, flora and fauna, which is just a part of this natural whole.Info about park, plant and animal life, protected objects, possibilities of mountain climbing and speleology…read more about Sjeverni Velebit