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Croatia's National Parks

Experience this country's natural beauty and diversity
in the National Parks of Croatia

The land in Croatia is beautiful and the landscape varied. From forest to coast are national parks sure to please the explorer that lives inside every holidaymaker.

For a fun family day, you can take the group to Croatia national parks. In total, there are eight national parks in Croatia, which do not include ten nature parks and two strict reserves. Although all of the national parks are established and funded by the government, each one is maintained by a distinct organization.

  Guide to National Parks in Croatia

Brijuni National Park

The Brijuni National Park is made up of a group of 14 islands off the Croatian coast. This park was created in 1983, and offers a number of three star hotels for guests to the islands.


Kornati National Park

The southern portion of the Kornati Archipelago (made up of more than 130 islands) was made a national park in 1980. It is a great place to relax, take a hike, and breathe in the salty sea air.


Krka National Park

Established in 1985, the Krka National Park is located in Dalmatia and is just a few miles outside of town of Å ibenik. This park is most famous for the clear lakes and gorgeous waterfalls.


Mljet National Park

The national park of Mljet, which was established in 1960, is an island located a short boat ride from Dubrovnik. Mljet is a beautiful island with two deep bays for which it is famous.


Northern Velebit National Park

This is the youngest of Croatia’s national parks, established in 1999. It contains mountains, trees, and even a cave system that is a delight for cave explorers from around the world.


Paklenica National Park

This is a beautiful river canyon located in northern Dalmatia, and is well known for hiking and mountain climbing. Paklenica was established as a national park in 1949, located on Velebit mountain range.


Plitvice National Park

This is a a group of sixteen lakes, all of which are interconnected through a series of waterfalls and streams. This is the best known and most visited National Park in Croatia.


Risnjak National Park

Established in 1953, the park was enlarged in 1997 to cover the source of river Kupa. Risnjak park is located in Gorski kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested area in Croatia. A hiker’s paradise.

National Parks origins

Originally, there were only two state parks, Plitvice Lakes and Paklenica, which were established in 1949. In 1953, Risnjak joined the group and by the end of the 1960’s so had Mljet and Kornati. Throughout the 1980’s, Brijuni and Krka were established, which left the last edition, Sjeverni Velebit (North Velebit), to be added in 1999.


Nocturno at Krka National Park - Over 3 years the photographer Mario Romulić took 220,000 time-lapse night photos of the National Park. He used 70,000 of those to create this amazing video. The music is by Ana Rucner, Croatian cellist.

2 million visitors annually

In 2018 over 2 million tourists have visited the 8 national parks, which is about twenty percent of the total visitor numbers to Croatia. These numbers are on the increase each year.

One of Plitvice Lakes' features are wooden walkways that snake through the park
and over the lakes, suspended above the water, for visitors pleasure.

No matter which of the Croatia National Parks you decide to venture to, it is sure to be a day well spent. You can enjoy the mountains, the sea, the islands, or a little bit of everything, for a wonderful holiday in Croatia.

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