The Ultimate Guide to National Parks in Croatia

Tourists from all over the world are flocking to the Dalmatian Region to visit Croatia, and it isn’t just the turquoise waters, historical seaside towns and welcoming locals of the Adriatic Coastline that are attracting them. Although these are all aspects of Croatia that the world over has fallen in love with, there is a little secret that we are going to share with you…

Boasting eight National Parks and 11 Nature Reserves, Croatia is bursting with relatively untouched nature that is just waiting to be explored. The beauty of these National Parks lie in their diversity, with a variety of landscapes, flora, fauna, features and both challenging and straightforward terrain to be discovered.

Waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia: Photo on Flickr by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

Whether you’re after a relaxed stroll through incredible landscapes or mountain climbing and exotic animal spotting for the more adventurous, there is a National Park to meet everyone’s expectations and needs!

In the warm, summer months you will find brimming lakes, challenging hiking trails and cascading waterfalls to take in, swim through and explore. In the colder, winter months you’ll find the white washed beauty of snowcapped mountains, luscious, dense rainforest and an abundance of native flora and fauna, that can only be discovered and observed throughout the Dalmatian Region.

Famous National Parks such as Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park have long been in the international spotlight as those ‘must-see’ destinations when visiting the jewel in the crown of the Balkans. However, as the beauty of those not as famous, but equally as breathtaking National Parks begins to be unveiled, mountaineers, wildlife experts and nature lovers alike are heading to Croatia to see what all of the fuss is about.

Skradinski Buk - Waterfall in Krka National Park, Croatia
Skradinski Buk – Waterfall in Krka National Park, Croatia : Photo on Flickr by Skradinski Buk / CC BY-NC 2.0

Touristic companies throughout Croatia run guided tours and day trips to the two most popular destinations (Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park), and are now venturing into the less travelled and equally as stunning alternative National Parks.

This provides a great opportunity to explore these less popular National Parks without the hoards of tourists, and get in quickly to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the landscapes.

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Jessica is a travel blogger with passion for exploring new and exciting places and sharing her experiences with people. She is currently working as a blogger for Med Experience!

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