Stretching for 145km and creating a natural barrier between inland and coastal Croatia, the rugged peaks of the Velebit Range are an impressive sight. Paklenica National Park takes up 95 sq km of these limestone mountains and boasts some of Croatia’s most dramatic alpine vistas. It’s a superb place to trek gorges, do a bit of climbing or just amble along one of the many streams that score the land.
The park's two biggest attractions are the gorges of Velika Paklenica (Great Paklenica) and Mala Paklenica (Small Paklenica), where cliffs rise 400m into the azure skies. Animals you might spot along the way include golden eagles, striped eagles, peregrine falcons and, if you're extremely lucky, lynx and bears. Chamois gather near the park entrances.