Krka National Park

Krka National Park was established in 1985. It is located in Dalmatia, near the town of Šibenik. The Park stretches over 109 km2 along the river Krka, downstream from Knin to Skradin. On its way to the sea, the river forms numerous lakes and waterfalls. The river source lies at the foothills of Dinara, near the town of Knin, and it joins the sea near Šibenik. The river flows through a 75-kilometre-long canyon, running over seven tufa barriers. Roški waterfall and Skradinski buk are the most famous, but there are also Bilušića buk, Manojlovac, Brljan, Rošnjak and Miljacka waterfall. Many old mills still stand on the waterfalls. The waterfalls here also flow over tufa barriers. Do you remember what tufa is and how it is created?

Brijuni National Park

Brijuni National Park was established in 1983. It is situated close to the coast of Istria, not far from the town of Faæana. The Brijuni Islands, the only national park in Istria, consists of 14 islands. The largest islands are Veliki Brijun and Mali Brijun, while the rest of the islands are smaller. The sea is shallow in this area, around 12 m deep between Faæana and Brijuni, and Tisnac pass that separates Veliki and Mali Brijun is only 2.5 m deep.

You can find many attractions here: dinosaur footsteps, an underwater educational trail, ruins of an ancient villa, 1600-year-old olive tree, a safari park, an ethno park, a bird reserve and many other things, and you can see it all by a sightseeing train.

Paklenica National Park

Paklenica
Paklenica National Park is located in the southern Velebit. It spans from the Adriatic coast to the highest peaks of Velebit. The highest peak is Vaganski vrh (1757 m). The Park is most famous for Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, two deep gorges cut deeply into the massif. They cut across the mountain and stretch all the way to the sea. There is nothing but hostile karst area between the two gorges. They were cut by streams rushing down glacier-covered peaks of Velebit after the last ice age. Because of its steep gorges and unusual cliffs, Paklenica is particularly popular with climbers. There are easy routes for beginners, as well as demanding climbs for expert rock climbers. Because of protected bird species, you can only climb certain parts of the cliffs. But you can also hike, walk, cycle, go bird-watching or peek into the caves.

Kanjon Male Paklenice

Pogled iznad Paklenice prema moru
Penjači u Paklenici

Špilja Manita Peć

Paklenica Anića kuk

Kanjon Velike Paklenice

(Hrvatski) Vela i Mala Proversa

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Najveći otok Kornat vjerojatno je nekad bio spojen s Dugim otokom, ali se tijekom stoljeća razina mora podigla i odvojila jedan dio, a drugi dio su poslije prokopali Rimljani. Tako su nastala dva morska prolaza: Vela i Mala Proversa.

(Hrvatski) Premužićeva staza

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Premuziceva

Park je ispresijecan brojnim planinarskim stazama, od kojih je najpoznatija Premužićeva staza. Proteže se od Zavižana do Baških Oštarija i prolazi kroz najljepše dijelove parka. Dugačka je čak 57 kilometara! Inženjer Ante Premužić, prije više od sedamdeset godina, napravio je stazu u kamenu, poput suhozida. Cijela je staza, remek-djelo graditeljstva, zaštićena kao kulturno dobro. Možeš hodati u zaštićenom parku, po zaštićenoj stazi i gledati zaštićene biljke i životinje! Sad ti je jasno koliko je Velebit posebna planina!

Staza

(Hrvatski) Zavižan

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Meteorološka stanica na Zavižanu

Jedan od najpoznatijih dijelova Sjevernog Velebita je krševiti vrh Zavižan koji ima oblik stošca. Tu je stanište strogo zaštićenog krškog runolista, ali na Zavižanu rastu i mnoge druge rijetke i endemske biljke. U blizini je najstarija meteorološka postaja u Hrvatskoj, osnovana 1953. godine, i planinarski dom. Od doma kreću mnoge planinarske staze po Velebitu.

Zavižan

Zima na Zavižanu

Dom na Zavižan po zimi

(Hrvatski) Nacionalni park Mljet

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Mljet

Mljet je najjužniji hrvatski nacionalni park. Obuh­vaća sjeverozapadni dio otoka s okolnim morem, a nacionalnim parkom proglašen je 1960. godine, kao prvi park u kojem je zaštićeno i more. Istočni dio otoka zaštićen je kao rezervat prirodnih rijetkosti. Mljet je jedan od najpošumljenijih jadranskih otoka i zato ga često zovu Zelenim otokom. Slabo je naseljen i udaljen pa su životinjski i biljni svijet dobro očuvani. Mljet je otok razvedenih obala, klifova, hridina, špilja, prirodnih luka i brojnih otočića. Najviši vrh je Veliki grad, visok 514 metara. Između uzvisina kriju se brojna polja, koja su pružala dobar zaklon od neprijatelja, a tu se stoljećima uzgajaju masline i vinova loza. Na otoku nema potoka ni rijeka, ali postoji nekoliko izvora pitke vode. Uz brojne uvale i otočiće, najpoznatiji je po dva slana jezera: Malom i Velikom jezeru – morem preplavljenim krškim udolinama. Jezera su bogata ribama, rakovima i drugim morskim organizmima.

Veliko jezero                       Malo jezero

Otočić Svete Marije            Meduza Aurelia

Kornati National Park

Kornati

A legend says that there are as many Kornati islands as there are days in a year. Actually, there are fewer islands than that. The Kornati islands include 152 islands and islets. Because of their beauty, well indented coastline and rich underwater life, the greater part of Kornati maritime zone was turned into a national park in 1980. The Park includes 89 islands, islets and rocks, but the land makes up just one quarter of the whole park. The rest is a marine ecosystem. The islands are not inhabited, but there are structures such as dry stone walls, churches and fishermen’s houses. You can rent the houses and live there like Robinson Crusoe. You will have no electricity and you will eat what you bring with you, or you can catch some fish in the sea! Some of the islands are unusually shaped, so they got unusual names: Hatter, Dead Man, Spike, Aquarius, Fart, Little Chard and even Old Woman’s Backside.

Kornati

Kornati

Vela i Mala Proversa

Northern Velebit National Park

Sjeverni Velebit

At the length of 145 km, Velebit is the longest mountain range in Croatia. It is 30 km wide in the north and 10 km wide in the south-east. It includes a number of peaks and ridges. They say Velebit has two faces: the forest-covered one in Lika and the barren and rocky one along the coast. It is mostly built of limestone – a real empire of karst and a variety of relief formations (karst peaks, ledges, towers, pillars, sinkholes, grikes, caves and pits are the symbols of Velebit). This is one of the most interesting karst areas in the world. Although Velebit has most rainfall and snowfall in Croatia, there are no streams or fluvial valleys here, because water seeps through the limestone, dissolving it and making it porous. The Northern Velebit National Park dates from 1999, being the newest national park in Croatia. It covers some previously protected areas.

There you can also find the strict nature reserve of Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi, Visibaba Botanical Reserve, the site of Croatian sibirea, Zavižan-Balinovac-Velika kosa Botanical Reserve, together with the famous Velebit Botanical Garden – a monument of park architecture. Farthest to the south there is Štirovača, a special reserve of forest vegetation, with virgin forests of beech and fir. The highest peak is Veliki Zavižan (1676 m).

Zavižan

Sjeverni Velebit

Gromovača

Zavižan      Premužićeva staza

Brijuni National Park

Brijuni National Park was established in 1983. It is situated close to the coast of Istria, not far from the town of Fažana. The Brijuni Islands, the only national park in Istria, consists of 14 islands. The largest islands are Veliki Brijun and Mali Brijun, while the rest of the islands are smaller. The sea is shallow in this area, around 12 m deep between Fažana and Brijuni, and Tisnac pass that separates Veliki and Mali Brijun is only 2.5 m deep. You can find many attractions here: dinosaur footsteps, an underwater educational trail, ruins of an ancient villa, 1600-year-old olive tree, a safari park, an ethno park, a bird reserve and many other things, and you can see it all by a sightseeing train.

(Hrvatski) Mala Paklenica

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Mala paklenica_kanjonKanjon Male Paklenice dugačak je 12 kilometara, a na najužem dijelu širok je samo 10 metara! Taj kanjon prohodan je samo ljeti, kad nema vode. U vrijeme jakih kiša i otapanja snijega, poniranje vode stvara posebne zvukove koji odjekuju kanjonom.

(Hrvatski) Nacionalni park Paklenica

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Nacionalni park Paklenica nalazi se na južnom Velebitu. Proteže se od Jadranskog mora do najviših velebitskih vrhova u zaleđu. Najviši je Vaganski vrh (1757 m). Park je najpoznatiji po dva duboka kanjona, Velikoj i Maloj Paklenici, usječenima duboko u masiv planine. Oni presijecaju planinu i pružaju se sve do mora. Između dva kanjona nalazi se nepristupačni krški prostor. Kanjone su nakon posljednjeg ledenog doba izdubile vodene bujice koje su se slijevale s velebitskih vrhova prekrivenih ledenjacima. Zbog strmih kanjona i neobičnih stijena, Paklenica je posebno zanimljiva penjačima. Tu ima jednostavnih trasa za početnike, ali i najzahtjevnijih uspona za vrhunske alpiniste. Radi zaštite ptičjih vrsta penjanje je dopušteno samo na pojedinim dijelovima stijena. Ali u Paklenici možeš i planinariti, šetati se, voziti bicikl, promatrati ptice ili zaviriti u špilje.

Velika Paklenica

Anića kuk

Poučna staza Pjeskarica

Mala Paklenica

Špilje

Apolon

Nacionalni park Risnjak

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Risnjak

Nacionalni park Risnjak nalazi se u Gorskom kotaru. Obuhvaća planinu Risnjak, izvor rijeke Kupe i planinu Snježnik. Osnovan je 1953. godine i proteže se na površini od 64 km2. Risnjak pripada dinarskom sustavu, a povezuje Alpe i Dinaride. Od mora je udaljen (zračnom linijom) samo 15 km, stoga tu vladaju velike klimatske razlike. Zato se na malom prostoru mogu pronaći gotovo sve vrste šuma, vrletne stijene, provalije, polja, gorski vrhovi, krški oblici te mnoge biljne i životinjske vrste. Ispod bujne vegetacije kriju se brojne krške jame, ponikve i škrape. Park se prostire na visini od 300 do 1500 metara nad morem i zbog svoje visine prirodna je prepreka između mediteranske i kopnene Hrvatske.

Livada Lazac podno Risnjaka

Pogled na Risnjak sa Snjeznika

Biljni svijet                 Životinjski svijet   

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and largest of Croatian national parks. It is located in the central part of Croatia, in the region of Lika. The Plitvice Lakes were given the status of a national park in 1949 and due to their exceptional beauty and value, they were included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites in 1979. This park is famous for its beautiful lakes and waterfalls surrounded by a lush forest of beech, spruce and fir. In places, it still resembles the original virgin forest, inhabited by many rare animal and plant species. At Plitvice Lakes you can find numerous caves, meadows and springs. You can walk, hike, cycle and row a boat in the Park. It is not easy to see everything in one day, but you can take a scenic train or see some of the lakes by a sightseeing boat. Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and largest of Croatian national parks. It is located in the central part of Croatia, in the region of Lika. The Plitvice Lakes were given the status of a national park in 1949 and due to their exceptional beauty and value, they were included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites in 1979. This park is famous for its beautiful lakes and waterfalls surrounded by a lush forest of beech, spruce and fir. In places, it still resembles the original virgin forest, inhabited by many rare animal and plant species. At Plitvice Lakes you can find numerous caves, meadows and springs. You can walk, hike, cycle and row a boat in the Park. It is not easy to see everything in one day, but you can take a scenic train or see some of the lakes by a sightseeing boat.