11. April 2018.   •     Tamara Haddad

Discover the colorful capital of Croatia

Hiking national park day trips from Zagreb is all about exploring the capital of Croatia first. Famous for its cultural beauties. Often ignored as tourists make a detour for the coast. Zagreb is an exciting city and offers a great window into Croatian culture. It offers arts, music, architecture, gastronomy and all the other things that make a quality capital city. Such as the lovely nature that surrounds it. Including Medvednica Nature Park. It has a great history dating from prehistoric times when first human settlements appeared. Therefore it is a favorite destination for the citizens of Zagreb and their guests.

5 great hiking national park day trips from Zagreb

Since Raftrek Adventure Travel agency is focused on adventure tourism in Croatia. If you are ready to know Croatia from a different angle, come and see it for yourself. Hiking national park day trips from Zagreb is not the same as seeing it on a picture. Croatia is probably the most beautiful country in Europe. The fact that only a few people know about it, means that You should not wait long!


Visit 5 national parks

Here is our suggestion for visiting and hiking national park day trips from Zagreb. National parks are at hand while staying and enjoying Zagreb City for few days.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park (colloquial Plitvice, pronounced [plîtʋitse]) is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Therefore, the park is added to the UNESCO World Heritage register in 1979. Just on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.

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Amazing view of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Risnjak National Park

The Risnjak mountain range is named after a rare animal that inhabits its woods – the lynx. It is located in Gorski Kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country, about 15 km inland from the Adriatic Sea. The pristine park covers an area of 63,5 km2. It includes both the Risnjak and Snjeznik ranges and the source area of the Kupa River. We start our hike from Vilje which will lead us towards our goal – Big Risnjak, the highest point of the mountain range. Schlosser’s mountain hut, situated 100m below the peak, is probably one of the most beautiful mountain huts in Croatia.

North Velebit National Park

The area was designated a national park due to its richness of karst phenomena, outstanding biodiversity and exquisitely beautiful nature on a relatively small area. The most famous is the Premužić trail, named after its constructor who built it in late 1933. Since the path runs through the most beautiful and the most interesting parts of the park. From the numerous peaks in the surroundings, you can have a magnificent view of the Adriatic Sea, its islands and the continental side of the mountain chain.

Hiking and Trekking trips in Croatia
Hiking and Trekking Croatia

Brijuni National Park

The Brijuni or the Brijuni Islands (also known as the Brionian Islands; Italian: Brioni) are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait. The largest island, Veliki Brijun Island 2 kilometers (1 mile) off the coast. The second largest island is Mali Brijun with an area of 1.07 km², and twelve much smaller islands. Therefore, famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park.

Paklenica National Park

National Park Paklenica 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. Therefore giving you the opportunity to trek up gorges, climb walls of stone and meander along shady paths next to a rushing stream.

Walking (Paklenica national park) Raftrek travel trips
Walking (Paklenica National Park)

Where pure beauty is preserved!

This suggestion of national parks provides the visitor an unforgettable hiking adventure. Therefore a combination of hiking through national parks, scenery, and cultural immersion makes it a unique experience of Croatia. Within just over a hundred kilometers, you can experience an exciting range of different landscapes. Feel free to contact us for more details on customizing your own great hiking adventure in Croatia.