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Paklenica National Park

Zadar, Croatia
+385 23 369 202
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Due to its unique natural features, magnificent forests and extraordinary geomorphologic structures, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica was proclaimed a national park in 1949. The main reason for proclaiming this area a national park was the protection of the largest and best preserved forest complex in the territory of Dalmatia, which was threatened by overexploitation. The Paklenica National Park stretches on the area of 95 km2 , on the littoral slope of South Velebit under the zone of highest mountain peaks Vaganski vrh (1752) and Sveto brdo (1753).
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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Travellers talk about
“rock climbing” (29 reviews)
“stari grad” (19 reviews)
“main trail” (9 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Zadar, Croatia
+385 23 369 202
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for approx 1.5 hours We saw many rock climbers. Take good hiking shoes... the main path is very rocky. And take your swimmers! It's nice to go for a fresh dip after the effort! Only negative - we thought it was quite...More

Thank Audrey2013_13
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Paklenica mala is great walk provided you are OK with moderate heights/exposure including use of steel ropes for security. Take everything you need there are no shops but also no admission charge. Paklenica Velica has huge range of rock climbs and walking routes. Best to...More

Thank PaulD1243
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the locals probably would say that Paklenica is overcrowded, especially in summer, it is still a place worth visiting. You can choose one of the many hiking or climbing routes ranging from really easy to challenging ones. You have to keep in mind, though,...More

Thank Olga Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the smaller canyon at entrance 2 - advantages are no admission costs and pretty much had the track to ourselves!! A great way to end a hot day with some shade. A really fun trail as long as you're prepared for exposure...More

1  Thank Ruthdunstan
Reviewed 1 week ago

You enter the park either thorugh the main entrance (Velika Paklenica) or the lesser used second entrance (Mala Paklenica). We entered through the main entry, which is at the beginning of an impressive canyon. The path that runs through it leads to a Mountain Hut...More

Thank Tim B
Reviewed 1 week ago

such a wonderful park, professional stuff, plenty of things going on, beautiful nature, a great place to relax and experience life

Thank asimoncini777
Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I visited Paklenica twice - we were staying in Seline so the park entrances were very close by. On the first day, we hiked from entrance 1. We didn't have a proper map with us and were relying on GPS and signpost...More

Thank HoneyBadgerBex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a place to sport climb in Europe that my partner hadn't been to before. Paklenica turned out to be exactly what we were after. Just as you walk in, there are immediately so many routes at a variety of grades to...More

Thank purple0range
Dragica2014, Public Relations Manager at Paklenica National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear purple0range, Thank you for sharing your impressions from Paklenica National Park. We hope you'll come again for climbing and hiking in our Park. Best regards, Dragica Jovic, PR Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park was an excellent last minute addition to our trip after we decided 1 day at plitvice was enough. The trails are well marked and you are given a map when you get your ticket. There are two entrances and the park rangers recommended...More

Thank sumster636
Dragica2014, Public Relations Manager at Paklenica National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear sumster636, Thank you for sharing your impressions from Paklenica Natioanl Park, we'll tray to fix the signs on the mantioned trail as soon as possible and hoping you'll come again! Best regards, Dragica Jovic, PR Manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for a few hours of hiking or climbing. Nature is untouched and perfectly green. Great for all ages.

Thank Franko P
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Kate F
Is there any way to get to Paklenica Park from Zadar by public transport BEFORE 12h? I want to go in the morning, but the only buses seem to be in the afternoon.
26 May 2017|
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Response from Lewis H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It is possible, although the attraction is pretty far away. It would be much easier to book a taxi to and from the park, and most of the time the taxi will wait for you. Public transport is few and far between.
is it possible to get a taxi from the park entrance back to Zadar? and so I need to prebook or are they just waiting around?
22 May 2017|
Response from Dragica2014 | Property representative |
Hi Sophie, we are very glad that you would like to visit Paklenica National Park. More info about taxi transfers from Starigrad - Paklenica to Zadar you can ask on :+385 (0) 91 472 8801 (Taxi service Zadar) Also you can use... More
Hey everyone, Just wondering if anyone has a link for some loop/circular walking routes in the park. We might have a few hours to spend at the park on our trip and something that's maybe 2-3 hrs duration would be great...Any good panoramic views? Alan
26 February 2017|
Response from t0nk0l | Reviewed this property |
Hello, to really appreciate this gem of national parks you simply need more time as I have explained in my review. If you only have limited time available simply go to to main gate to Velika Paklenica and walk upward until... More