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Paklenica National Park

Zadar, Croatia
+385 23 369 202
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Due to its unique natural features, magnificent forests and extraordinary geomorphologic structures, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica was proclaimed a national park in 1949. The main reason for proclaiming this area a national park was the protection of the largest and best preserved forest complex in the territory of Dalmatia, which was threatened by overexploitation. The Paklenica National Park stretches on the area of 95 km2 , on the littoral slope of South Velebit under the zone of highest mountain peaks Vaganski vrh (1752) and Sveto brdo (1753).
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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“rock climbing” (28 reviews)
“mountain hut” (14 reviews)
“main trail” (9 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Zadar, Croatia
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Amazing nature and definitely a climbers haven. Went with the family and climbing friends. Family went hiking and enjoying wonderful nature and scenery while I was climbing with friends.

1  Thank Matija V
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful scenery and so much more interesting than Krca National Park. Stunning gorges and wonderful remote walking. Seems to be a Mecca for rick climbers also.

Thank clivethorogood466
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful mountain trails and easy hiking ground. I would strongly recommend it to families. Best place to share with friends and family.

Thank Stanko E
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We decided to go to this national park last minute on the way to Zadar and boy am I glad we did. It is absolutely stunning with lots of trails. The path is very rocky but as long as you watch your feet its fine....More

Thank tp0510
Reviewed 15 October 2017

The Paklenica National park combines the beauty of rock, water and green vegetation. It is just an awesome place. Beautiful scenery all over; the rocky paths are beautiful but one must also watch ones steps. There is a stalactite cave in the end of a...More

Thank niinan2
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Amazing nature. Go get lost in the Canyon for a day and you will feel like new. We went climbing on the second day, and the first day was all about hiking and exploring the amazing place. It looks like something out of Lord ot...More

Thank HennyBis
Reviewed 5 October 2017

One of the highlights of our holiday in Croatia. Incredible scenery. Just be aware that you need to plan your route in advance as there were several possible routes taking varying lengths of time. Many visitors were very confused as to where to go. Advise...More

Thank Tracey T
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is a beautiful National Park with some wonderful hiking trails - taking one of the higher routes gives fantastic views and with the autumn colours it was truly beautiful.

Thank susanshortland
Dragica2014, Guest Relations Manager at Paklenica National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for sharing your impressions about Paklenica National Park. Hoping you'll come again! Best regards, Paklenica National Park Team

Reviewed 30 September 2017

Joined a party from our hotel and walked up the gorge into the park - liuckily just before some heavy rain which washed paths away - we carried on alone after the party went back from the cafe stop - found a clearing with a...More

Thank TerryParad
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Took a guided walk through the national park. A beautiful place, not to hard on the feet on the tour we went on.Looked good for climbers

1  Thank Mandy L
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Laureen S
31 July 2017|
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Response from richard s | Reviewed this property |
I wasn't aware of any lakes , but the beach is close to the entrance . Mind the heat ! Sam
Jake B
29 June 2017|
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Response from Tim B | Reviewed this property |
There's no lakes in the park. You can dip into the river or, even better, go for a swim in the sea, which is richt by the entrance.
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Kate F
26 May 2017|
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Response from Kate F |
Thanks, but a taxi for one for that distance is prohibitively expensive. For others, I've now answered my own question. The Zadar tourism office gave me the departing bus schedule to Paklenica Park (Starigrad-paklenica... More