Public Institution Paklenica National Park
Paklenica National Park is one of the oldest National Parks in Croatia. It was proclaimed in 1949 due to its extraordinary geomorphology and unique vegetation, especially the best preserved and largest forest complex in Dalmatia. Paklenica National Park stretches on the area of 95 km2, on the southern slope of Velebit Mt. including the zone of the highest mountain peaks such as – Vaganski vrh (1757 m a.s.l.) and Sveto brdo (1753 m.a.s.l.). Torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, along with impressive canyons carved vertically into the slopes of Velebit Mt., represent the most distinctive and one of the most attractive parts of Paklenica National Park.
This relatively small area comprises the whole range of habitats supporting the diverse flora and fauna. Indigenous black pine forests and several types of beech forests are distinctive features of Paklenica National Park. Endemic bellflowers, orchids, lilies and various species of butterflies, birds and mammals are attractions for nature lovers, whereas steep slopes and high cliffs of Velika Paklenica canyon are favourite destination for hikers and climbers. Area of Paklenica National Park and its surroundings is rich with cultural heritage which shows the continuous inhabitancy of this area dating from prehistory till today.
If you would like to experience the beauty of this National Park, you may choose one of the 150 km long mountain trails, relax enjoying the most spectacular views or fill up with energy on exciting Velebit Mountain.