Paklenica National Park, Starigrad-Paklenica

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The natural mountains, gorges, and caves help to make Paklenica National Park the number one rock climbing destination in Southeastern Europe. Put on your hiking shoes and follow 200 km (125 mi) of nature trails through the ecosystems of this 9,500 hectare (23,475 acre) subtropical park. You'll encounter numerous native plants among the 1,000 recorded species at the site, as well as a large number of different birds. A wide variety of animals also calls this home, ranging from aquatic worms and endangered Orsini's Vipers to European antelopes and brown bears. Mountain peaks here reach as high as 1,757 m (5,764 ft). Before you head to Starigrad-Paklenica, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Starigrad-Paklenica trip maker app , to make sure you see all that Starigrad-Paklenica has to offer, including Paklenica National Park.
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  • Amazing view, great for one day trek. It is located in Starigrad, northern Dalmatia, at the southern slopes of Velebit mountain, not far from Zadar. It has two canyons: Mala (Small) and Velika (Big) P...  more »
  • I am true hiker from Croatia and now Velika Paklenica. This is great canyon that has been furnished for visitors, but not in the right way: first part of path (very steep) is made of old rocks filed w...  more »
  • This Park is a paradise for mountaineers! If you go in the summer, go early in the morning because heat can be overwhelming. In order to give you an idea, we had drunk 3 liters of water in two hours (two people). Put on a good pair of shoes, it will be more useful. There are different courses, take the most suitable to your physical condition. Feel free to inquire at the entrance! We, we had decided to follow the trail to one of the caves. It is a very physical course and who climbs a lot on the end brace yourself! The guides are very friendly! On the other hand, if you are not comfortable with English, forget the visit because the tower is small enough. In all cases, this park is worth a visit and is beautiful!
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  • very nice view on nature. if good weather, than u will have a blast. enjoy!:)
  • Amazing climbing and hiking place. Climbing in the canyon is absolutely recommended. It should be on every climbers to do list.
  • Beautiful park for hikers and rock climbers. We did the trail to the Paklenica house there and back in November. It took us about 5-6 house, and we took our time. It is easy to get there from Zadar, but in the off-season there is only one bus that leaves in the morning. This place would be perfect to start outdoor rock climbing as it has many entry level climbs.
  • Great place for rock climbing and hiking. Members of the Croatian and Slovenian mountaineering association get a 50% discount, along with students and kids. The rock is very good and routes and multi pitch routes are reasonably well protected. It can be crowded in spring and autumn during the holidays and weekends, so an early start is crucial.
  • we visited paklenica national park during easter vacation. only hiking, no climbing with 2 kids - 7 and 9 yrs old. in march caves and rastaurand closed. there are 2 entrances where you pay, velka paklenica starigrad and mala paklenica seline. we did 6 hours hiking routes up to cca 800 m hills, kids were okay. if you hike in srping be prepared that you meet nobody in few hours :) i recommend to buy a map with distances and time termination. the maps on website and brochures are very simple.

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