What you should know about National Parks in Croatia

There are 8 National Parks in Croatia: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit.

Here you’ll find the most useful information about national parks, entrance fees and more.

Plitvice National Park, photo by Zoran Jelača

PLITVICE

The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. Located roughly halfway between the capital city Zagreb and Zadar on the coast, the lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia.
The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars, and rare bird species.

The ticket price can vary from 55 to 250 kunas during the year. Children and students can get a discounted entry.

Visovac islet, Krkna NP, Croatia, photo by Ivo Biočina, photo credit by HTZ

Visovac islet, Krkna NP, Croatia, photo by Ivo Biočina, photo credit by HTZ

KRKA

The Krka National Park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. The park is primarily designed for science, culture, education, and recreation, while tourism activities have also been introduced for its visitors.

Including the submerged part of the river at the mouth, the Krka River is 72.5 km long. It springs in the foothills of the Dinara mountain range, 2.5 km northeast of Knin. The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of this river.

The ticket price can range from 20 to 200 kunas. It depends on the time of the year and your age.

Brijuni National park, Croatia, photo by Ivo Biocina, photo credit by Tourist Board of Croatia

Brijuni National park, Croatia, photo by Ivo Biocina, photo credit by Tourist Board of Croatia

BRIJUNI

Located along the western coast of Istria, Brijuni National Park consists of 14 beautiful islands and islets. The National Park, with its natural, cultural, and historical heritage, is just a 15-minute boat ride from the small town of Fažana. However, before visiting Brijuni, tickets must be purchased either at the office in Fažana, or online.

After arriving at the Veliki Brijun port, you will be welcomed by a tourist train and a tour guide with whom you will discover the enchanting world of Brijuni Islands.

The price of the tickets depends on the season and it can vary from 150 to 220 kunas for adults and from 75 to 110 for children. The ticket price includes a boat ride between  Fažana and Veliki Brijuni and a tour of the island – the train ride, the visit and sightseeing of a safari park, Verige Bay, Basilica St. Mary, Mediterranean garden, old olive trees, etc.

Risnjak nacional park, photo by Zoran Jelača, Photo credit by Tourist Board of Croatia

Risnjak Nacional park, photo by Zoran Jelača, Photo credit by Tourist Board of Croatia

RISNJAK

You have decided to spend your day challenging yourself while breathing in the fresh air of the mountains…

If you are willing to take risks and enjoy the beautiful view, you can spend your day climbing the Veliki Risnjak (1528 m) and Snježnik (1506 m). There are a number of hiking paths at your disposal, and the only thing you need to worry about is choosing which one to take.
On the other hand, if you are not a skilled climber, you can visit the Kupa River spring or the Leska educational path.

The ticket price is the same all year long – 45 kunas for adults and 25  kunas for students and pensioners. The ticket is valid for 2 days.

 

Velebit, Croatia photo credit by Linden Tree Resort Croatia

Velebit, Croatia photo credit by Linden Tree Resort Croatia 

NORTHERN VELEBIT

Northern Velebit is an ideal destination for those who prefer an active holiday with a chance to enjoy the intact natural surroundings and the beautiful wilderness of the Velebit Mountain. You will be able to choose from over 30 hiking trails that run through different landscapes offering you countless possibilities for exploration of the region. All of the hiking trails are waymarked with signposts installed at intersections stating the average hike duration in hours for easier orientation.
Almost all of the trails lead to mountain peaks that offer a magnificent view of the sea, the Adriatic islands, and the region of Lika. The existing mountain trails and paths are also suitable for other activities such as trekking and hiking.

The basic ticket price is 45 kunas and it is valid for 3 days.

Paklenica, National park, Croatia

Paklenica, national park, Croatia, photo by Ivo Biocina, photo credit by Croatia national tourist Board

PAKLENICA

Due to its unique natural features, magnificent forests, and extraordinary geomorphologic structures, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica has been a national park since 1949. The main reason for this area becoming a national park is the protection of the largest and best-preserved forest complex in the territory of Dalmatia from overexploitation.
The Paklenica National Park includes the two highest peaks of the Velebit Mountain – Vaganski vrh (1752 m) and Sveto brdo (1753 m).

The ticket price can range from 10 to 60 kunas, depending on the time of the year and your age.

 

Kornati islands by Zoran Jelača

KORNATI

The Kornati National Park is often mentioned as a “nautical paradise” in tourist publications. And really, in “slalom” sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the Kornati National Park, you will test all of your nautical skills, particularly if the weather puts in some effort… You’ll need a valid ticket to sail through the National Park. You should check the prices depending on the size of the boat.

Mljet island, national park, Croatia, photo by Ivo Biocina, phooto credit by HTZ, Croatioa National Tourist board

Mljet island, national park, Croatia, photo by Ivo Biocina, photo credit by HTZ, Croatia National Tourist board

MLJET

At the National Park Mljet, you can choose between walking or cycling, swimming, and scuba diving during the summer,or even exploring the caves with a small boat, or you can rent a canoe/kayak.

The ticket includes access to two saltwater lakes and the boat ride to the Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary, on the Great Lake. The tickets can be bought in offices in the villages of Pomena and Polače.

The ticket price for adults is 125 kunas, for children (7-14) is 70 kunas and it is free for kids up to 7 years old.

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