Welcome to Paklenica National Park


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.


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Paklenica National Park Admission Ticket

Due to its unique natural features, magnificent forests and extraordinary geomorphologic structures, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica was proclaimed a national park in 1949. The main reason for proclaiming this area a national park was the protection of the largest and best preserved forest complex in the territory of Dalmatia, which was threatened by overexploitation. The Paklenica National Park stretches on the area of 95 km2 , on the littoral slope of South Velebit under the zone of highest mountain peaks Vaganski vrh (1752) and Sveto brdo (1753).  It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of geomorphological phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Diverse habitats in the area of Paklenica, along with elevation stratification, provide a home for diverse fauna. Distinctive features of Paklenica National Park are autochthonous forests of black pine, several types of beech forests and deep canyons with torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica. Wider area of Paklenica National Park prides itself with rich and diverse cultural heritage.

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Paklenica National Park: Viewpoint Tour

This is most popular hiking tour that passes the right edge of the Velika Paklenica Canyon and reveals views of the most salient points of Paklenica National park. A pretty interesting tour for your camera. You will meet several faces of Paklenica: wild and stone, tame and wooded, combination of karst terrain and beautiful scenery. Upon arrival in a 100 years old mountain hut a guest gets a warm welcome by an always pleasant and cheerful host awaiting him with a homemade brandy, tea and juice made of Velebit herbs as well as honey. Tasting is followed by a traditional dish called "peka" , dish baked „under the bell“ on fire (optional). After the meal we are visiting Sklopina site, an area of houses built into the rock joints. Return by a path that follows very bottom of the canyon along the creek Paklenica.

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Paklenica National Park Tour: Velika Paklenica canyon

The group meets at the entrance of Paklenica National park.The tour begins in Velika Paklenica canyon,european and world famous place for rock climbing and mountaineering. This tour passes the bottom of the canyon, the path that has been used during history for trafficking with Lika situated on the opposite side of Velebit. The trail meanders by the stream and besides ascent at the beginning, it is almost flat all the way to the mountain hut. On the way you will be able to try fresh and clean water from the stream and ejoy the sights of untouched nature.Upon arrival in a 100 years old mountain hut a guest gets a warm welcome by an always pleasant and cheerful host awaiting him with a homemade brandy, tea and juice made of Velebit herbs as well as honey. It is possible to have a meal at the mountain hut, a traditional dish called „Peka“, baked under „the bell“ on fire. You can choose more options: barbecue, bean, omelette or cooked vegetable. The break is followed by a visit to an area of houses built into the rock joints. After that unusual sight we head back towards the beginning of the canyon.

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