A protected area in which, on a relatively small area, can be found an abundance of geomorphologic phenomena, diverse flora and fauna, as well as attractive landscapes and intact nature. The most important phenomena of Paklenica are its forests and geomorphologic features. Besides the almost treeless southern part of Velebit, Paklenica has very diverse forest species. The most impressive are the canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica that cut deep into the mountain range of Velebit. In the national park there are several caves and caverns, of which the most famous and largest caves are the cave Manita above the canyon of Velika Paklenica and Jama Vodarica. Here you can really feel the power of nature and its grandeur. Various planned sports activities which are carried out in this area are under strict supervision and with high security measures. They leave a deep impact on people due to the pure energy of the mountain range and the forest – the primordial wilderness which one has to experience.

A ticket is a contribution for permanent protection and maintenance of the National Park.

Activities

Hiking – Mountaineering

Hiking – Mountaineering – is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. The Park area contains approximately 150-200 km of trails and roads – from tourism trails which lead from the Velika Paklenica Canyon to the Manita Pec cave, the Lugarnica forestry house and the mountain huts, to the real mountaineering trails that lead to the highest peaks of Velebit.

Trail 1 Velika Paklenica – Anica Kuk – Lugarnica – Paklenica Mountain Hut

Paklenica Mountain Hut Points of interest: Paklenica mills, Velika Paklenica canyon, karst formations, flora and fauna of the karst area, waterfalls, boulders and cliffs like Anica kuk, Lugarnica forestry house, mountain hut at the foot of Paklenica, mountain villages Parici and Ramići.

  • Difficulty: 1.5 / 5
  • Duration: 2 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 400 m

Trail 2 Velika Paklenica – Anica Kuk – Manita

Points of interest: panoramic views on the cliff Anica kuk, Juras head and Manita pec (The Tooth of Manita Pec), Manita Pec Cave.

  • Difficulty: 2/ 5
  • Duration: 1.5 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 450 m

Trail 3. Manita Pec – Zorin Kuk – Vidakov kuk – Tomici – Starigrad

Points of interest: karst rock formations, panoramic views, karst flora and fauna.

  • Difficulty: 4/ 5
  • Duration: 3 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 300 m

Trail 4. Circle walk: entrance to the Velika Paklenica NP – Anica Kuk – Grabova dolina – Njive lekine – Mala Paklenica – Seline (or the other way around)

Points of interest: Velika Paklenica Canyon, European black pine and common beech forests, Vodarica cave, Kapljarka cave, karst formations, Mala Paklenica canyon.

  • Difficulty: 4/ 5
  • Duration: 6 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 600 m

Trail 5 Mountain house Paklenica – M. Mocila – Crni Vrh (1110 m) – V. Mocila- Njive Lekine- Grabove doline (Jurline) – Velika Paklenica

Points of interest: karst formations, agglomeration of villages, panoramic views, European black pine and common beech forests, flora and fauna.

  • Difficulty: 3/ 5
  • Duration: 6 hours’ walk
  • Altitude difference: 600 m

Climbing

Paklenica National Park is the most prominent climbing centre in Croatia, and it has an international reputation. Special charm to this climbing area gives its proximity to the sea, and thus the Paklenica Riviera is an ideal place for combining climbing activities with water sports. Thre are more than 360 adapted and equipped climbing paths which vary in difficulty, length and direction and this makes it attractive to different types of climbers. The climbing season in Paklenica starts in spring and lasts well into autumn.

Biking

Tour suggestion: biking trail Starigrad – Reljani – entrance to the Park

The 8 km long biking-trekking trail leads from the centre of Starigrad-Paklenica to the reception of Velika Paklenica, through the old villages, across Mala Paklenica to Seline. Educational path A short trip through the past forms part of this trail. It consists of five boards which describe the history of this area from the prehistoric times to the present.

  • Price:40 kn
  • Duration::6-8h