Paklenica National Park
Paklenica National Park covers 95 sq km of this mountain chain, rising high above the Adriatic. The stark peaks of the Velebit Massif stretch for 145 km, thus forming a dramatic barrier between continental Croatia and the Adriatic coast. The park contains some of the country’s finest mountain scenery, allowing you to trek up gorges, climb walls of stone, and meander along shady paths next to a rushing stream. The National Park Paklenica encompasses two deep gorges, Velika Paklenica (Great Paklenica) and Mala Paklenica (Small Paklenica), which scar the mountain range like giant marks. The dry limestone karst that forms the Velebit Range is highly absorbent, but several springs at high altitudes provide a continuous source of water and nurture patches of lush vegetation.
The country’s finest mountain scenery
About half the park is covered with forests. Mostly beech and pine followed by pubescent oak. The vegetation changes as you ascend, as does the climate too. It progresses from the Mediterranean to continental to sub-alpine. The lower regions, especially those with southern exposure, can be fiercely hot in the summer, while the bura (cold northeasterly wind) that whips through the range in winter brings rain and sudden storms. The best time to visit the park is in April, May, June, or September. In late spring it’s at its greenest and the streams become torrents. In July and August, many of the streams dry up and it can be too hot to hike comfortably.
FUN FACT: Paklenica National Park is a heaven for sport climbers with routes ranging from basic ones for total beginners to the multi-pitch difficult ones, that even pros find challenging. The routes are well-equipped and maintained, however, it’s always wise to take a set of nuts, friends, and a few slings with you.
Krka Adventure Weekend in Croatia
Tour is based in Skradin, a unique little town hidden in the Krka River estuary. It consists of diverse everyday activities including Zrmanja kayaking, Paklenica National Park hiking, and cycling Krka National Parks.
Sea Kayaking Adventure Croatia
Balanced mix of a multisport and sailing adventure, offering the best of what Croatia has to offer. On land you will explore Zrmanja River, Paklenica and Krka National Parks and while sailing you will visit Kornati National Park.
National Park Hiking in Croatia
This multiday tour will take you on a magnificant hiking tour from day to day in a different Croatian National Parks: Risnjak, North Velebit, Paklenica, Krka and Plitvice Lakes.
Cycling Croatian National Parks
This Cycling Croatian National Parks tour will take you to Croatia’s inland mountain region. The five national parks you will visit are: Risnjak, North Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica and Krka River.
Croatia Mountain Adventure
Rivers and mountains make this tour an unforgettable experience. We have included all water activities as well as hiking. While suitable for all ages, the sea and rivers have pleasant temperatures in summer and they are not physically demanding.
Clear Rivers Hidden Canyons
Ideal combination of kayaking, trekking, swimming, sightseeing and exploring hidden canyons. Kayaking down Mrežnica and Zrmanja River and exploring Paklenica National Park on foot and from Starigrad by sea.
Paklenica National Park Trekking in Croatia
Trekking Paklenica National Park leads us into the most famous national park in Croatia for trekking and rock climbing. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit.
Rock climbing Paklenica in Croatia
Explore one of the top European rock-climbing areas, Paklenica National Park, a place of outstanding natural beauty, exceptional diversity & distinctive canyons carved vertically into the Velebit Mountain, forming great hiking routes.
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