Sun, beach and more, much more.
Croatia has much more to offer than just the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Coast – even though we all long for the beach and the sea, there is much to discover for nature lovers and hikers, away from the tourist centers. I myself was recently in the oldest National Park in Southeastern Europe, the Plitvice Lakes . Impressed by the beauty of this almost untouched nature, I’d like to show you #thewildwildgreen Croatia.
cover photo: methenature
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Near the Bosnian-Herzegovinian border is the largest national park in Croatia, which is also the oldest in Southeast Europe and as one of the first natural monuments in the world declared as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 1979. Here are 16 cascading lakes with crystal clear water and many waterfalls surrounded by breathtaking nature.
joellerawr was here, just like me, a few days ago and has made this wonderful picture, which shows the big waterfall (Veliki Slap) with 78m height, as well as the last waterfall of the lower lakes. What a view!
For those of you who are looking for adventure in the green wilderness, I recommend going off the lakes on small trails into the depths of the forest, just like one.a.day.adventures . And if you like it even more adventurous, you can also look for the abandoned palace (Objekt99/Villa Izvor) of the Yugoslav dictator Tito.
Učka Nature Park
The Učka Nature Park is located near the city of Rijeka. This is a mountainous massif with dense forests and the two peaks Vojak (1401m) and Veli Planik (1272m), from which you can enjoy beautiful views over Istria .
At the foot of the mountains are often still old traditional stone houses to find, as well as remains of older buildings from bygone times – you see the foundations and wonder who lived there. divljadusa7 has captured such a sight.
On wild trails, you will explore the deep forests of the mountains to be rewarded with such breathtaking views of nature. The image of jazzzlat awakens the need for an adventure in the wilderness.
Once you have made your way up, you will be rewarded with this view of Istria, as shown by antonioribic .
Krka National Park
The Krka National Park is located in central Dalmatia s, has 7 waterfalls and a similar flora and fauna as the Plitvice Lakes. In comparison to these, however, it is allowed to swim here. Pure paradise.
This image from erdowin invites you to jump into the crystal-clear waters to cool off under the waterfall amidst the wild nature.
Northern Velebit National Park
The Sjeverni Velebit National Park offers beautiful vantage points, high climbing rocks and numerous caves. The region with its great karst formations is definitely a worthwhile destination for hikers, mountaineers, speleologists, botanists and, of course, nature lovers.
marko.s.dalic has gone on a hike to one of the peaks of the Velebit Mountains to be rewarded with views over the Croatian Adriatic Sea. But alone with such a sight as seen here, one can probably already say “the way is the goal”.
mademoiselle.penny has also taken herself up to the heights of the mountains and enjoys the wild toilet romance.
Kopački rit Nature Park
The National Park Kopački rit is located in Eastern Croatia and it is one of the largest and most important preserved wetlands in Europe. The area borders Hungary and Serbia; is thus a wetland biotope that even extends over three countries.
The bird’s eye view of the ever-changing wetland is quite impressive, as ppkopackirit shows.
So you do not get your feet wet or sink into the swamp, there are footpaths through the entire park on which the area can be wonderfully explored. There are also boat tours, but croatiannomads has decided to explore by foot.
Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
This wild Nature Park is another huge wetland in Croatia and also belongs, like the Kopački rit Nature Park, to the largest in Europe. For bird species this is a paradise, especially storks can be seen in large numbers.
The image of lonjskopolje_naturepark suggests how flooding affects nature and what it looks like. This tree is truly “the last man standing”.
That was just a little of the wild nature this wonderful country has to offer. If you have planned a beach holiday on the Croatian Adriatic this summer, just pack your hiking shoes and go exploring.
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