Situated between the Balkans and Central Europe, on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a beautiful country with amazing rock climbing locations. At the south of the Velebit Mountains, the Paklenica National Park is one of the best rock climbing sites in Croatia, and the largest in Southeast Europe. Fantastic limestone rock walls provide a variety of routes for climbing fans of all levels. The highlight of this site is the stunning Paklenica Gorge, where you can find from short sport climbing options to big walls with incredible multi-pitch routes.
Located in Central Europe, Croatia has a long coastline stretching along the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Its great location, ancient walled towns, stunning beaches with clear waters, rich culture and great food have made Croatia a top tourist destination. Croatia shares a border with Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia. Come discover one of Mediterrenanean Europe’s most unspoiled and beautiful destinations.
Croatia has a Mediterranean climate, with hot and sunny summers and cool and rainy winters. Spring and autumn are usually pleasant and comfortable. In the Adriatic coast where you would find Paklenica, the climate is warmer than in other destinations in the country.
There are direct flights to Croatia all year round from some European cities, and a dozen of seasonal routes added in summer. Zagreb airport is the main air hub, but you could also fly to Dubrovnik, or any of the other international airports in the country. Paklenica is reached from the small coastal town of Starigrad-Paklenica, 46 km from the tourist town of Zadar. The nearest airport to Paklenica National Park is Zadar. Trains and buses also connect smaller cities and towns.
The best time to visit Paklenica for a rock climbing trip is from April through late October. Winter can be wet and very windy. Summer is always sunny and it can get very hot, although you will always find some shady spots to climb.
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