Experience this country's natural beauty and
in the National Parks of Croatia
The land inCroatia is
beautiful and the landscape varied. From
forest to coast are national parks sure to please the explorer that lives inside
For a fun family day, you can take the group to Croatia
national parks. In total, there are eight national parks in Croatia, which do not include ten nature parks and two
strict reserves. Although all of the national parks are funded by the government, each one is maintained by a
Originally, there were only two state parks, Plitvice Lakes
and Paklenica, which were established in 1949. In 1953, Risnjak joined the group and by the end of the 1960’s so
had Mljet and Kornati. Throughout the 1980’s, Brijuni and Krka were established, which left the last edition,
Sjeverni Velebit, to be added in 1999.
In 2010 some 2 million tourists
have visited the 8 national parks, which is about 20% of the total 2010 visitor numbers to Croatia. These
numbers are increasing each year.
The Brijuni national park is made up of a group of 14 islands
off the Croatian coast. This park was created in 1983, and offers a number of three star hotels for guests to the
The southern portion of the Kornati Archipelago (made up of
more than 130 islands) was made a national park in 1980. It is a great place to relax, take a hike, and breathe in
the salty sea air. There is no natural spring water on the islands, so be sure to bring your own.
Established in 1985, the Krka National Park is located in
Dalmatia and is just a few miles outside of town of Šibenik. This park is most famous for the clear lakes and
gorgeous waterfalls. To say it is picturesque would be an understatement.
Nocturno at Krka National Park - Over 3 years the photographer
Mario Romulić took 220,000 time-lapse night photos of the National Park. He used 70,000 of those to create this
amazing video. The music is by Ana Rucner, Croatian cellist.
The national park of Mljet, which was established in 1960, is
an island located a short boat ride from Dubrovnik. Mljet is a beautiful island with two deep bays for which it is
famous. The land is covered with thick green vegetation and is very inviting.
This is the youngest of Croatia’s national parks, created in
1999. It contains mountains, trees, and even a cave system that is a delight for spelunkers around the
This is a beautiful river canyon located in northern
Dalmatia, and is well known for hiking and mountain climbing. Paklenica was established as a national park in
This is one of the most well known national parks in Croatia,
and it is also one of the most visited. It was created in 1949 and has been churning out happy hikers ever since.
It is officially recognized by UNESCO as a National Park since 1979.
There are a group of sixteen lakes, all of which are
connected through a series of waterfalls and streams. There are wooden walkways snaking through the park, suspended
above the water, making it a hiking dream for the visitors.
Plitvice Lakes is
Croatia's major and most visited National Park,
with over one million visitors per year.(Photo courtesy of
It is a truly beautiful sight covered with forests and
meadows and populated by a variety of wildlife. For added pleasure and first-hand experience, hop on the silent
electrical boat to further explore the lakes.
The internet magaine Travel and Leisure in May 2017 has placed Plitivice Lakes National Park on the list of the
world's most beautiful spots with themost
turquoise-blue waters, calling it a natural hidden gem.
Plitvice Lakes National Park now visits nearly one million
visitors annually. It is the most visited national park in Croatia. In 2010 there were 750,000 visitors by the end
of August. That was an increase of 5% on 2009 visitor numbers. In 2014 that number was grown to one million
visitors per year.Most of those visitors
come from Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Israel, and Japan.
Established in 1953, this park is located in Gorski kotar,
which is the most mountainous and heavily forested area in Croatia. This is a hiker’s paradise.
No matter the type of park in which you want to spend your
vacation, you are certain to find somewhere wonderful in Croatia.