National parks in Croatia
National Park Krka
For more than two-thirds of its overall length (723 kilometres) the Krka flows through a canyon whose depth varies between 100 and 200 metres and accumulates into lakes which empty over seven waterfalls into the depths.
National Park Brijuni
On these 14 islands just of the west coast of the Istrian peninsula thick forests, ancient oak trees, avenues of pines and cypresses, and a 1,600-year-old olive tree - are a part of unforgettable scenery.
National Park Paklenica
The scenery of the park consists of the canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica. Cliffs rising to a height of more than 400 metres, waterfalls and wild, rugged rock forms create a dramatic ambiance.
National Park Mljet
Mljet is an island located southwest of Dubrovnik and with its spruce forest, its olive groves and vineyards, belongs to the group of southern Dalmatian islands. Mljet has two sea lakes (created by karst depressions) surrounded by woods of Aleppo pine, holm oak and macchia, as well as small areas of olive groves and vineyards. The island is just as rich in cultural monuments.
National Park Plitvička jezera
This national park is beautiful – it has 16 lakes interlinked through waterfalls. The area is covered by thick forests of beech, spruce, juniper and pine, which provide a habitat for over 120 bird species. Since 1979 the Plitvice lakes have been entered into the UNESCO register of world cultural heritage.
National Park Kornati
According to legend the Kornati were created when God, having created the Earth, was left with a few stones which he simply tossed over his shoulder. The result was the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean, with over 140 islands, rocks and reefs, 110 of which form the national park. Kornati's cliffs are famous for their extraordinary height - up to 100m above sea level and as much below sea level.
National Park Sjeverni Velebit
This national park, established in 1999, encompasses the highest areas of northern Velebit. This wide area has remained untouched to this day, its ecological system well balanced. This part of Velebit is mostly covered by virgin forest (c. 80% of the National park) with various animal species inhabitating it.
National Park Risnjak
This park, located very close to Rijeka, extends all the way to the Slovenian border. This whole wide area comprises a whole range of natural phenomena but not one single tourist facility. The highest peak is Risnjak (1,528 metres), and the lowest point at an altitude of 295 metres, in the Kupa valley.
Nature parks are wide areas which possess pronounced aesthetic, ecological, educational, cultural and historical, touristic and recreational properties - either naturally or through cultivation. Croatia has ten such parks. We would like to mention:
Nature Park Biokovo
Nature Park Kopački rit
Nature Park Lonjsko polje
Did you know?
- The last oasis of European white-headed vulture is located on the island of Cres.
- The last specimen of the Mediterranean seal lives in the Croatian aquatorium.
- Numerous endemic species of flora and fauna. According to Croatia's biodiversity it ranks among the top five countries in Europe.
- The Dalmatian breed of dog originates from Croatia.
- In Croatia there are three objects declared by UNESCO as world inheritance: Plitvice Lakes and towns Split and Dubrovnik?
Source:Croatian National Tourist Board