Do you enjoy a tough walk in stunning nature. A friend and I found Paklenica to be exelent place to visit for a daytrip from Zadar. Entering the park you will see a lot of mountainclimbers getting their fill trying to tame the steep mountainwalls. I`m not in that leage, but its equally nice to explore the lovely mountains following the paths up the hills. You should be in decent shape, and wear some good shoes, but besides this that it should`ent be anything stopping you from having a great day in fantastic nature.
Take the bus from the central busstation in Zadar, and tell the driver to let you out at the main entrance of the Paklenica national park. Walk back the road a little from the busstop and take the road to the left. In a few minutes you will enter the park. It will cost you 60 cuna to enter the park, but its well worth the money. Dont forget to bring a lot of water and some suntanlotion in the worm season. After about an hour and a half you will reach Lugnarica. A nice place to take a little rest and buy a great sausage sandwich and an icecold beer.
If you want a little more adventure you shoud spend the night in the great national park. After about 2 hours of tough walking you should reach a mountainhut called Planinarski Dom. Don`t stop yet. Just 10 minutes of climbing more the scenery opens up in a beautiful view and you will find Ivancem Dom. This is a gem of a mountainhouse with a gem of a host. Franjo Paric will welcome you with great hospitality, and great knowledge of the park. Everything that he is serving you has been transported by donkey up the hills from Starigrad, probably by his father Branjo. Your are not in the lap of 5 star luxury, but the homemade goods served by Franjo tastes great, and you will have a great night sleep - maybe after having been drinking wine from the family farm, with local cheese and cured ham. Lovely!!! Low costs!!!Nice with friends, for a sporty family, or even as a romantic trip. A hidden gem I`m glad to have found, and surely will return to. Phonenumber and website is to Ivancev Dom.