Natural parks in Croatia

KRKA NATURAL PARK

Croatia although not the top tourism destination country in Europe yet, is one of the ecologically best preserved parts of the continent. In this country one can see how beautifully the hues of the sunny and warm Mediterranean blend with the tranquillity and freshness of mountains and the gentle sway of the golden plains of Pannonia. One can feel this is a land of truly divine inspiration that has delighted many of the world’s prominent men of letters. In fact this country owns a landscape with eight national parks which is truly amazing for such a moderate area of land.

With Risnjak, Paklenica, the Plitvice Lakes and Northern Velebit in the mountainous area, and with the Kornati Archipelago, the island of Mljet, the Brijuni Archipelago and the Krka waterfalls in the coastal area, Croatia is indeed a jewel of the primeval beauty of nature. Adding to that two arboretums, one in Trsteno, near Dubrovnik, and Opeka, near Vinica, numerous historical parks and protected nature parks, it is indeed a green land, with as many as 4300 plant and as many animal species.

Thus for lovers of nature this piece of land is truly an amazing opportunity with so much to offer.. So much you’ll probably never forget throughout the rest of your life.

KRKA NATIONAL PARK

The largest part of this amazing river’s course is the national park, which in addition to its natural phenomena abounds with cultural and historical monuments.

The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone. Within the monastery there is a picture gallery and a church, origins of which are traced back to the 14th century.

In the middle of the canyon, upstream of the river, is an interesting Krka Orthodox monastery; while on the high ground above the river several old ruins sit. The old mills, which have been transformed into small ethnographic museums where one can see how wheat was ground in the olden days, are a popular attraction for visitors.

Heritage interpreters are dressed in traditional folk costumes, which is particularly interesting and entertaining for children, who are frequent visitors of the park. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap, although Skradinski buk is the biggest and most well known.