While Paklenica National Park is the most popular rock climbing destination in and around Zadar, it is not the only one. Krka National Park, which sits southwest of Zadar, also offers some modest ascents for beginner and intermediate climbers.
A bit farther north of Paklenica is Ravni Dabar. Also situated in the Dinaric Alps, this area has plenty of excellent limestone rock walls to scale and offers hours worth of climbing. Due to its lower profile than Paklenica, you are also likely to run into fewer other climbers, meaning more rock just for you.
However, the best rock climbing to be had in the area is certainly in Paklenica, which offers hundreds of routes that are perfect for every level of climber. The high-quality limestone has plenty of natural handholds and numerous parts of the park offer incredible views as you head up.
Velika Paklenica Gorge is an especially popular spot in the national park and attracts plenty of trad and sport climbers each day.
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.
During the summer months, the easiest way to get to Zadar is to fly into the city’s 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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