National Parks In Croatia


Plitvice Lakes are the largest, oldest (since 1949) and most visited Croatian national park. This Park has been on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list since 1979 and is among the first listed in the world. According to legend the lakes were created after a long drought. People were praying for some water. And so the days passed...


At the first glimpse of Brijuni it becomes clear why this destination was desirable to many of the world’s famous leaders, royal families, politicians, actors and singers. Fourteen big and small islands are rich with forest and meadows, parks, alleys of cypress and pines. Most interesting is an olive tree around 1600 years old that even after so many years gives the fruit from which the olive oil is made.


It is incredible how much water flows in this area! Imagine a river, which springs near the town of Knin, and after 73 kilometers flows into the Adriatic Sea. Imagine seven waterfalls that turn river Krka into the natural phenomenon. Around 860 species of plants can be found along the river.


Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Adriatic; 89 islands, islets and rocks in the length of 35 km and a width of about 13 kilometers. The islands are uninhabited, it is untouched nature, wild and of unquestionable beauty. The underwater world of this park is extremely rich with crabs, fish, algae, snails, corals... Flora and fauna add to the beauty to the island.


Mljet National Park is located on an island, with an area of 5375 hectares. Most of the island is covered with forest, considered to be the most beautiful and most preserved in the Mediterranean. Also, numerous endemic plants can be found on the island of Mljet. The island is rich with small mammals, such as rabbits, dormouse, bats, hedgehogs...


Velebit mountain range is the longest among the four highest mountains in Croatia. In 1978.the mountain was included in the world network of biosphere reserves. Three years later, it became Velebit Nature Park. Within the mountain range there are even two national parks, the National Park North Velebit and Paklenica National Park. That speaks a lot about the natural beauty of the massif.


The area of the park has an exceptional variety of geomorphological forms. Fascinating is the beauty of Mala and Velika Paklenica, the canyons with a height of over 700 meters. In between are valleys, forests, peaks and hills. In the park there are about 1,000 plant species and subspecies, with a great variety and richness of plant life.


The park was declared a Croatian National park in 1953, thanks to the wealth of natural beauty that can be found here. On a surface of 3014 hectares, diverse wildlife is abundant, complemented by the beauty of the landscape. Rich forests, grasslands and meadows with rocks are home to numerous mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, butterflies...