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National Parks in Croatia


National Park Kornati Islands - Beauty of the Mediterranean

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Due to its exceptional landscape beauty and an amazingly rich marine ecosystem , the National Park of Kornati was founded in 1980. The last frontier before the open sea, spectacular cliffs shaped by the elements over millions of years are the most popular phenomenons to see. Eighty-nine islands, islets and rocks compose this unique archipelago in Mediterranean.

Every day touristic boats are leaving Pakostane, a hot spot for tourism in Croatia, for a daily excursion including picnic and entrance for the national park. For more flexibility and freedom, private boats are also for rent in the village. Catamaran and kayak ride are also a perfect means to cruise into the myriad of islands and discover hidden bays.


Adjacent of the Kornati , the National Park of Telascica has some distinctive features that make this place unique to Croatia. The salty lake "Mir" is located between the bay of Telascica and the cliffs facing the open sea. The Bay is a heaven for all the sailors, providing safe mooring when storms are blasting. Spectacular cliffs of more than 160 meters high at some point make this Park a "must-see’’ in Croatia. Most of the tourist boats leaving Pakostane include Telascica Park when visiting the Kornati National Park.

National Park Krka Waterfalls

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Located about fifty kilometers at the south of Pakostane, this National Park took its name from the river Krka, which flows down in a series of wonderful waterfalls.

Deep canyons, amazingly rich biodiversity and an ethno village are there for you to enjoy during your day-long excursion in this National Park which is open all the year round.

Close to the city of Sibenik, you can combine this excursion with a visit of the Cathedral of Sibenik, whose world heritage is classified by UNESCO. You can easily access to the park by car, bus or by boat to the old city of Skradin.

National Park Plitvice Lakes

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Certainly the most popular park in Croatia, it is situated almost half way between the capital Zegreb and Zadar.

This unique place with numerous crystal green-blue lakes will transport you to a magical world. Due to vast forest areas, giant waterfalls, exceptionally rich flora and fauna, UNESCO has placed this park on their world heritage list in 1979. In summer, the park is crowded with tourists from all over the world.

The colors and scent of autumn and spring offer the most beautiful spectacle for the visitor.

National Park Paklenica

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Part of the chain of mountain of the Velebit, situated about sixty kilometers away from Pakostane, behind the city of Zadar, this excursion has some unforgettable panoramas over the Adriatic.

There are two main canyons to access the mountain ranch. Velika Paklenica, which is a heaven for climbers, and mala Paklenica, which is the home of numerous of birds, including the golden eagle.

Due to the karstic nature of the rock, fascinating phenomenon such as caves, pits, canyons, and diverse geomorphological forms are present during this fantastic hike. You can easily access to the park by car or by any costal bus heading toward Starigrad.