A Nature Park is a sea or land area with its international and national characteristics of the landscape, educational, cultural, historical, and tourist-recreational values. Since February 2021. there are 12 Nature Parks in Croatia.
They are all unique, but different. Some of the Parks are mountainous, some are insular, some represent lowlands and floodplains, and one Park is the largest natural lake. Mountainous parks are Biokovo, Medvednica, Papuk, Učka, Žumberak Mountain, and Velebit.
Biokovo is characterized by the diversity of fauna and flora and a beautiful landscape.
A mountain and sea wrapped in one. Medvednica famous for its beautiful forests, the richness of the plant and animal world, and the diversity of geological material.
Papuk is interesting because there are all kinds of Paleozoic rocks, a large number of minerals, fossils, and geological structures, and the park is protected for biological, geological, landscape, and cultural-historical valuables.
Učka is the habitat of many endemic species, and there is specific microclimate and developed forest vegetation. Exceptional natural and cultural heritage! Žumberak Mountain is a protected nature park rich in preserved nature of forests, meadows, pastures, springs, streams, and here is the highest peak of continental Croatia.
Velebit Nature Park includes part of the mountain and a river valley. The interesting thing about Velebit is that in this area grows a protected plant species of Velebitska degenija that you can see on a Croatian coin of 50 lipas.
Telašćica and Lastovo islands are insular Parks.
Lastovo islands consist of Lastovo island and associated islands. It is the youngest Croatian Nature Park. The diversity of the living sea world, numerous endemic species, some of the rarest species in the Mediterranean live here! The cliffs that immerse into the sea create one of the most beautiful and largest caves in the Adriatic – Telašćica.
Kopački rit and Lonjsko polje represent lowlands and floodplains. Kopački rit is one of the most preserved fluvial-wetlands in Europe and is a habitat of numerous animal species, so part of the park became the zoo.
Lonjsko polje – Valuable landscape and ecological features, picturesque scenery, the habitat of rare birds are some of the reasons for the protection of this beautiful area. The last Park on the list is Vrana Lake, the biggest natural lake in Croatia. A large number of rare birds, and a wealth of fish world. The park is listed on a list of important ornithological areas in Europe. Nice place to spend a day in nature!
Dinara was declared the 12th nature park in the Republic of Croatia in February 2021.
The park includes the Croatian part of the Dinara, Troglav, and Kamešnica mountains, the source and upper part of the Cetina river and the karst fields Hrvatačko, Paško, and Vrličko. It covers two counties – Split and Šibenik and covers an area of almost 63,000 hectares.
Dinara is the most valuable natural karst unit in the world, with a thickness of deposits exceeding eight kilometers. It is rich in endemic and endangered species. It is home to over a thousand plant species. By declaring a nature park, the natural and other values of the Dinara massif based on ecological, landscape, and other values will be protected.