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“Hikers paradice with hidden gem”

Paklenica National Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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).
Moss, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Hikers paradice with hidden gem”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

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.

Visited August 2012
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Biograd na Moru, Croatia
2 reviews
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“Very beautifil nature”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Beautiful nature, beautiful roads
I was with my family and very good for walking and training.Visit when you on holyday in Croatia.

Visited November 2012
Thank marin m
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“just stunning”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

I visited the park on a day trip which was easy to get to from Zadar bus station, the park entrance was 60 kn and return bu journey was around 70 kuna so in all it was around 15 euros. When you get off the bus its a 1kn walk to the entrance. The park was stunning and I hiked up 2.5 hours then back! There is only one shop at the start so take water and you can refil from the lake water as you go along. There are a couple of supermarkets not far from the entrance, but they close early on a friday.. all in all, def worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
5 Thank dave M
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Kitchener, Canada
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“Hiking to Manita peć cave -- views outside and inside!”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We spent about six hours hiking in Paklenica National Park this September -- it wasn't our original plan, but we ended up taking the trail up to Manita peć cave, and were very satisfied with that choice.

The Manita peć cave is over 500m altitude, remarkably near the peak of the mountain. After an initial climb and then a stroll through a pleasant valley, the path to the cave switchbacks back and forth across the mountainside. The trail is very well maintained but rocky in parts, and could potentially be slippery in the rain.

There are definitely views, though not as many as we expected, along the path. Flora and fauna are quite plentiful, with a variety of flowers, trees and bushes. Numerous lizards, butterflies and grasshoppers were complemented by a large toad at some hundreds of metres of elevation.

The cave, which required a small additional payment of 20 kuna (about $4), was excellent, with huge stalactite/stalagmite formations, and a very information/friendly guide. Note that the cave is DARK, and the use of flash is forbidden. Your best chance for good photos here is an SLR or similar, with the ISO speed set to at least 1600.

At least in good weather, the walk is not difficult as such, but the climbing does require good physical condition. In return, you get some nice views of the Dinaric Alps and an excellent tour of the Manita peć cave. Oh yes, a car is certainly the easiest way to reach the park!

Visited September 2012
6 Thank tomh009
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Hiking to no purpose!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I travelled to and from the park from Zadar by public transport, without any difficulty, especially catching the bus back to town. The park entrance is at least 3 km from the main road, and then there is a further couple of kilometres before the main trail starts. Sooon after the park entrance there is an optional climb to a look-out (belvedere) and that is definitely worthwhile.
A lot of rock climbers use the first part of the park.
The main trail for walkers is the old path through the Velebit mountains in the form of a wide gorge; there are some flat sections, but most of it is up hill. Annoyingly, there are very few places where you get good vistas of the surroundings, because the trees encroach on the view.
It is possible to visit a cave, but I chose not to, thinking I would gain some good views over the park. That was a mistake as the cave was some 500 m above sea level, so I could have had good views and seen the cave, which had a seperate entry charge.
Many of the paths involve walking on embedded rocks, some of which are slippery with wear. I was using a pair of walking boots, which I think are essential, though I saw some in sandals. I also had a trekking pole, which I found very useful.
I did not enjoy my time walking in the park as the paths were quite often arduous and it seemed to be walking for walking's sake with the meagre reward of a few good views.
In my opinion, the park is only suitable or those with their own transport, who are very fit and agile and just enjoy clambering up and down paths in the countryside.
Not a trip I would recommend.

Visited September 2012
8 Thank Michael T
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