arrowClick for today's best hotel deals.

Follow Croatia Traveller Pinterest buttonTwitter button Facebook button Google Plus button

Croatia Traveller logo

Croatia's National Parks

Get Started
About Croatia
Croatia Map
Croatia Photos
When to Go
Top Sights
Car Rental
Croatia Ferries
Ferry Guide
Special Interests
News Blog
Traveller Tips
About Me
Trip Planning
Privacy Policy
Search Site

Site Index

 Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Paklenica National Park
Paklenica National Park

Mljet National Park
Mljet National Park

The eight National Parks of Croatia cover 7.5% of the country or 994 sq km. Visiting all of the Croatian National Parks gives a breathtaking array of scenery from forested islands to craggy mountaintops, waterfalls, lakes and sun-baked islands in the sea. They provide ideal vacation experiences for active travellers as there seems to be nothing you can't do. Try scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, biking, swimming and spelunking!

Admission prices are generally reasonable for the National Parks although they have been climbing steadily the last few years. Generally, it's cheaper to visit in spring or autumn as some parks increase their prices in the summer.

Geologically speaking, many of Croatia's National Parks lie on karst. Karst is highly porous limestone and dolomitic rock through which water seeps to create underground streams. The terrain is marked by fissures, caves and springs as well as polje, a basin formed when the limestone collapses.

Here is a map showing Croatia's National Parks:

Here is a summary of Croatia's National Parks:

Plitvice Lakes National Park
The countless waterfalls and emerald lakes make it Croatia's most visited park. You can't swim in the lakes but (and because) you can drink the water. Formed on karst, it's a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site.

Krka National Park
Like a smaller version of Plitvice, Krka has lakes and waterfalls which you can even swim in. It's more developed and less of a natural paradise than Plitvice.

Mljet National Park
If other islands seem too touristy, come to Mljet to kick back and enjoy the forests and inland lakes.

Risnjak National Park
Few people bother to visit Risnjak but they should. The forests once harboured ris or fox but now the majestic pine and beech trees loom over meandering trails and flowery meadows where bears sometimes roam.

Paklenica National Park
Cliffs and gorges, grottoes and caves make Paklenica a favourite with your more energetic types. It's famous throughout Europe for the rock-climbing.

Northern Velebit National Park
Part of the same Velebit range as Paklenica, here is where you can lose yourself (literally) in the mountains. Access is only by mountain trail or via an, ahem, adventurous mountain road from Otocac.

Kornati Islands National Park
Ask a yachtie and they'll tell you "The Kornati Islands are the best". Almost completely uninhabited, this 147-island archipelago provides endless opportunities for exploration with your own boat or a guided tour. Agencies in Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Murter arrange visits.

Brijuni (Brioni) Islands
Does nature make you nervous? It's all tamed down in this well-manicured park. Take a day trip from Pula or Rovinj or go directly to Fazana for the daily national park boat.

National Park News

Northern Velebit named European Destination of Excellence


Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Croatia travel updates
and a FREE Language Guide

Language Guide


Questions? Comments?

comments powered by Disqus  

Back to Top

©CroatiaTraveller 2005-2017 All rights reserved