Discover Croatia’s National Parks
Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular European travel destinations. With its spectacular scenery, fascinating historical sights and great coastline, the country has lots to offer if you’re looking to experience a memorable getaway.
If you want to experience a different side to Croatia, why not head to one of its many parks? Here, you’ll discover some of the top national parks you won’t want to miss on your next Croatia holiday.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
When it comes to Croatia’s national parks, Plitvice Lakes is the most well-known. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest national park in Croatia. Established in 1949, more than one million visitors come here each year to marvel at its beauty.
There are an incredible 16 lakes throughout the park, all interconnected. You can also see the magnificent Plitvice waterfalls and cascades, reaching up to 78 metres high. You can head here on a day trip from the Istrian Riviera region. The park can be fully explored within a day, especially if you book one of our Rabac holidays.
Mljet National Park
Situated near Dubrovnik, the Mljet National Park is home to extensive pine forests. It also boasts majestic clifftops, two saltwater lakes and a variety of small islands and coves.
Here you can be as active as you desire. Relax by taking a dip in the lakes, or be a little more active and take part in cycling, kayaking or hiking. One of the key features of this national park is the restaurant situated on an island in the middle of one of the lakes. Once a Benedictine monastery, this charming restaurant offers a remarkable setting as well as delicious cuisine.
If you book one of our Dubrovnik holidays, you’ll find there are daily ferries and catamarans which run from the town to the park.
Krka National Park
If you love waterfalls, you’ll want to head to Krka National Park. The waterfalls here are even taller than those found in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. You’ll also be able to swim here, for example at the famous Skradinski Buk waterfall.
It’s not just the waterfalls that draw so many people here. You’ll also find a great range of walking trails, and more than 200 different species of birds to admire. There’s even a medieval fortress tucked away on the Krka river. There’s plenty to see and do at this park, and it’s easily reachable when you’re staying in Rabac.
Brijuni National Park
Located just off the west coast of Istria, you’ll find the Brijuni National Park. It’s situated on the Veliki Brijun Island, where more than 200 dinosaur footprints have been discovered. It was also once home to Yugoslavia’s leader, Tito. He built a zoo here, which is now a popular safari park.
You’ll also find two archaeological sites here, including St Mary’s Church and some ancient Roman villas. There’s a great choice of sport activities available too, such as golf, tennis and archery.
Browse our Istrian Riviera holidays today to book a hotel near this popular national park.
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