The magic of the crystal clear sea, the silence and tranquillity of the Kornati islands will leave you breathless. The Kornati archipelago is the densest island group in the entire Mediterranean. 89 of its islands, that make up more than half of its surface, were declared a national park in 1980 due to the extraordinary beauty of their landscape, great coastal indentation and interesting geomorphology. The entire archipelago was named after the island of Kornat, its largest, longest and most well-known island. Miles of drystone walls in Kornati pastures, olive groves and vineyards tell the history of the Kornati islands. It is precisely this complex mosaic of drystone fences that is one of the most interesting cultural attractions in the Park. The 6th century Turet military fort is what many consider to be the most impressive structure we find today in the Kornati islands. It was built by Emperor Justinian, presumably for the purpose of controlling the navigation of the Adriatic Sea.
The most prominent features of the magnificent landscape of Northern Velebit are the pristine beauty of its untouched nature, its diversity and wilderness, thanks to which it was declared a national park in 1999. The small area of this mountainous Park covers a lot of attractions, such as magnificent karst forms of Hajdučki kukovi and Rožanski kukovi, a unique botanical garden, as well as Lukina jama, one of the deepest pits in the world. Velebit is unique not only for its natural beauty, but also for its extremely abundant cultural heritage. Ante Premužić, a forestry engineer and passionate mountaineer, has designed a 57-kilometer trail that is a true masterpiece of construction. The trail was built in drywall and laid out so that it leads to the harshest and steepest parts of Northern Velebit in the simplest way. In 2009, the Premužić Trail was protected as a cultural property of national importance.
The oldest, largest and most visited national park of the Republic of Croatia are the Plitvice Lakes, proclaimed a national park on April 8, 1949, and thirty years later listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to the unique universal value of the tufa formation process. The most attractive parts of the Park are the cascaded lakes formed by the biodynamic growth process of tufa barriers. These barriers remodelled what was once a river valley and enabled the creation of lakes which are connected by a series of waterfalls into a single water system. The tufa barriers continue to grow and thus constantly change the appearance of the lakes and waterfalls. Educational panels along the trail introduce visitors to the forest ecosystem and other natural features and sights.
The beautiful Krka River provides an abundance of natural beauties, scientific unknowns, significant cultural and historical sites and ways of exploiting its endless water in a rocky area which is otherwise dry during the summer. The boundaries of the Krka National Park cover almost the entire freshwater area of the Krka River with all its seven waterfalls. Krka’s magnificent architectural work began 10 000 years ago in a harsh karst region. The sedimentation of calcium carbonate from water creates tufa which produces diverse geomorphological tufa forms. These forms are the main phenomenon and the backbone of today’s hydrogeological and landscape image of the Park. According to the distribution of plant and animal species, the Krka River belongs to the Mediterranean area, which is characterized by extremely rich and diverse flora and fauna due to its peculiar position and the mosaic arrangement of different types of habitats.
One of the main reasons for visiting Paklenica National Park are its relief forms, among which the valleys of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, which at some points turn into impressive canyons, certainly stand out. Mala Paklenica is characterized by a much more challenging territory than Velika Paklenica, which explains it being visited by a smaller number of occasional visitors who are eager to experience the true nature. Among the discovered and explored speleological phenomena, the ones that stand out are Manita peć and Jama Vodarica, which delight with their beauty. The plant life of the Park is extremely rich and diverse. More than 900 plant species grow at a distance of just a few kilometres, with beech and black pine forests being of the highest value. Birds of prey, on the other hand, are of particular value to the ornithological world. The canyon area of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica is home to the only land nesting ground of griffon vultures, magnificent creatures whose wingspan reaches up to 3 meters. Being that Velika Paklenica is known to allow for both the easiest and most difficult climbs, the Park generously welcomes numerous climbers from different parts of the world throughout the year.