Paklenica National Park and Velebit National Park

They say that the view of the sunrise in the summer lush from Ugljan to the mythical palazzo Velebit is one of the most beautiful. At just 1 hour drive from Ugljan, the value and beauty of Velebit has long been recognized. Within the UNESCO program of the Man and Biosphere (MAB – Man and Biosphere), the Velebit Mountain was included in the World Biosphere Reserve network in 1978. Three years later, the entire Velebit became a park of nature. There are also two national parks within it – in the south is the National Park Paklenica, and in the northern part of the National Park North Velebit.
The Northern Velebit National Park also includes several previously protected areas. Here is the strict reserve of Hajducka and Rožanski kukovi, Visibaba botanical reserve – the site of the endemic plant of the Croatian sibireja, and the botanical reserve Zavižan-Balinovac-Velika kosa, within which is also the famous Velebit botanical garden, proclaimed a monument of park architecture.
Because of its unique natural background, exceptional geomorphological forms and magnificent forests, the area of ​​Velika and Male Paklenica was proclaimed in 1949 as a national park. The main reason for proclaiming this area to the national park was the protection of the most prominent and largest forest complex in Dalmatia.

Paklenica National Park extends over 95 km², on the slopes of southern Velebit, with its highest peaks – Vaganski vrh (1757m / nv) and Sveti brdo (1753 m / nv). It covers the area of ​​the torrent streams of Velika and Male Paklenica, or their recognizable canyons vertically engraved in the southern slopes of Velebit, and the wider surrounding area.
Hiking is the only way to really know Paklenica. There are 150-200 km of paths and paths in the Park area, from the canyons of Velika Paklenica to the caves Manite kiln, the “Lugarnice” forestry and mountain hut, to the mountaineers leading to the highest peak peaks. Roads in the Park are marked with travertine and marked with mountaineering tags.
Paklenica National Park is the most important Croatian climbing center, well known outside the borders of Croatia. The special attraction of this peninsula is also the vicinity of the sea coast, so the Paklenica Riviera is an ideal place for a combination of climbing and water sports. Today, on the Pelješac peninsula, arranged in carbonate rocks, there are about 500 equipped and arranged directions of different weights and lengths 3 to 8b +), so every climber can find something for their enjoyment.


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