Paklenica National Park
For hiking of a different sort, this 95-square km park encompassing mountains, gorges and amazing scenery is the perfect place to venture. Experience the hot Mediterranean climate at lower levels right through to much cooler weather as you climb the mountain heights. Half the park is forested (the lower altitudes). Expect to see various species of eagles but no major wildlife as these hide deep in the forests. You can also bungee jump and rock climb here.
Krka National Park
This park follows a river of the same name and is known for its many waterfalls including the Skradinski Buk, Croatia’s most famous waterfall. It is a huge park covering 125 square km. so the easiest way to see it all is through the boat trip included in the park’s admission fee. You can also swim here which is not encouraged in the other Croatian park of amazing scenery, lakes and waterfalls, the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
This is the country’s most popular tourist attraction and little wonder. It is a series of sixteen lakes with accompanying waterfalls where the lakes join together over the distance of eight kilometers and the varying altitudes of the parkland. This area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bring your camera – you won’t be disappointed!
For adventures of a different kind than hiking– zip lining, rafting, tubing, and kayaking – you can do it all on this river which flows from the great heights of the Dinara Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. This area of natural beauty is also archaeologically important as the river canyon has revealed artifacts from the Stone Age to relatively recent medieval tools. Ask your travel professional about arranging any of these water-based activities or, alternatively, a bike or jeep safari. You can also rock climb or hike if you chose. It is an outdoor lover’s dream.