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Sitting just 45 minutes northeast of Zadar, Paklenica National Park is the perfect hiking destination. Complete with incredible and diverse scenery, there is no shortage of discovery to be had. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips in Paklenica National Park. The mountains are calling!

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What should I know about Hiking Paklenica National Park?

Hiking is certainly the best way to explore Paklenica National Park. The park boasts about 150 to 200 kilometers of trails, which wind throughout the area.

Among the most popular trails is the one that leads through Velika Paklenica Canyon to Manita peć cave. This unique 1-day trip takes you along the cliffs of the gorge and 175 meters into an incredible cave complex.

Other popular hikes include heading up to the Lugarnica forest cottage, which serves as the base camp for most mountaineering expeditions to the park. The views from the cottage are quite good and the experience of spending the night here is top notch.

Why should I choose Paklenica National Park for my Hiking adventure?

Stunning scenery

Situated around a karst river canyon, which runs from the Velebit mountains out into the Adriatic Sea, Paklenica National Park is brimming with incredible natural beauty. Aside from the stunning views down into the canyon as well as back up out of it, Paklenica offers viewers the chance to see forested mountain flanks and unique rock formations as well as climb 400-meter high peaks.

Wonderful wildlife

For animal lovers, heading on a hiking trip to Paklenica National Park is a great way to see some of Europe’s wondrous wildlife. More than 230 different species call the park home, nearly half of which are birds. Among the more than 100 bird species are several incredible rare ones, including the golden eagle, peregrine falcon, short-toed eagle and goshawk. The roe deer chamois and brown bear also call the park home.

Go to the beach

When you are not out on the hiking trails of Paklenica National Park, take advantage of the gorgeous beaches all located nearby. The Dalmatian coastline boasts some of the best beaches in all of Europe. Some of the so-called hidden beaches, which are surrounded by magnificent coastal cliffs, offer some of the most scenic swimming in the area. There is no better way to cool down after a hot day of hiking.

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Paklenica National Park?

During the summer, average daily temperatures range from 20 ºC to 25 ºC, but can get up all the way into the 30s. Rain is uncommon in the summer, but does become more frequent in the autumn and spring.

How can I get to Paklenica National Park?

During the summer months, the easiest way to get to Paklenica National Park is to fly into Zadar Airport (ZAD), which can be reached from most major European cities. Outside of the summer, you will need to fly into the international airport in Zagreb (ZAG) and take a bus to Zadar.

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What currency is accepted around Paklenica National Park?

Kuna (HRK)

When is the best time to travel to Paklenica National Park for Hiking?

April to October

What people are saying about Hiking | Paklenica National Park



Hicimos un viaje de senderismo de tres días en Paklenica / Velebit mountains: nos encantaron las montañas, las vistas y la gente amable. Danileja y Ferdo fueron guías maravillosos y capaces que conocen muy bien las montañas y nos sentimos muy seguros con ellos. Tuvimos una pequeña cabaña en las montañas durante dos noches y disfrutamos de la paz y la naturaleza al máximo. Se ocuparon de todo lo que necesitábamos y hicieron que nuestros días fueran muy especiales.



Конечно погулять по тропам Национального парка и не получить удовольствие ну просто не возможно. Эти красоты и ощущения уединения плюс соединение с природой Вас поразят.

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