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Paklenica National Park

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Address: Zadar, Croatia
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+385 23 369 202
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Due to its unique natural features, magnificent forests and extraordinary...

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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Great hike, splendid views and lots of beautiful flowers

We hiked two days in a row inside the Paklenica National Park, walking 6-8 hours a day up to a maximum altitude of 1150 m. We saw impressive canyons along the way witnessing... read more

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Ricky Y
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We hiked two days in a row inside the Paklenica National Park, walking 6-8 hours a day up to a maximum altitude of 1150 m. We saw impressive canyons along the way witnessing climbers testing their skills to scale the vertical assents. We also walked to the saddle of Pod Jaginim Kukom which offered a great view up to Bojin... More 

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County Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I completely fell in love the scenery was unbelievable what a fantastic place to see. The kids were so blown away they didn't even moan about walking

Thank sorcha51087
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Phillip was a great guide. His knowledge of Paklenica National park was on point. The views were stunning and the hike was so much fun. Phillip was really energetic despite the rainy cold weather but there's no such things as "bad weather" only bad clothing. I definitely recommend coming here to see the great waterfalls and lakes. It's stunning and... More 

Thank claudiator03
Zagreb, Croatia
1 review
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I read some other reviews before finally writing to get a more overall view on how others enjoyed or didnt enjoy this park. I will compare my thoughts here about visiting this park for about 5-6 hours and finally climbing the last section of the track in complete darkness, through a steep trail down a canyon, without any knowing about... More 

Thank xbolt2035
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our walk here. Low season so not busy although plenary of climbers to see. We just walked up the main path to the first hut (lugustoour or similar). Saw snakes, small lizards and lovely (apparently rare) butterflies. Read website to check hut opening times etc if you wish to buy food, esp low season. We just took picnic... More 

1 Thank Alastair K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enchanting in any weather. Stunning waterfalls and flora abound. Get the selfies stick reaey, wear your walking boots/shoes, pack a little lunch an enjoy the natural splendour for the day. Walking surface is fairly even but there are a lot of bumpy areas and steps so not suitable for buggies and limited access for wheelchairs. You can buy entrance and... More 

Thank Luke M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was one my absolute best natural experiences. Highly recommendable! You will need at least five to six hours.

Thank Jörgen C
Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

We went on a road trip and stopped at one of Croatia's National parks, This is a good place to escape city life, and get closer to nature. Will surely visit again

2 Thank Mia I
Zadar, Croatia
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

Even if you are not the athletic type, a hike in Paklenica Big Canyon can be done. The trail can be easily walked up to the mountain house in 3 hours. Along the trail there are two wells for filling up your bottle with fresh water (might dry up during long hot summers, though), the Paklenica creek runs along the... More 

Thank AjmoCa
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

We visited in early march - so v cold - walking along main path was great (paved albeit slightly slippery at parts). National park is really well protected so lots to look out for. Scenery is second to none. However after branching off at the last hut, and continuing on what we thought was just a hiking trail, we ended... More 

Thank Catriona H

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