Risnjak National Park is located very close to Rijeka, extends all the way to the Slovenian border. This wide area comprises a whole range of natural phenomena but not one single tourist facility, which makes it ideal for those who seek unspoiled mountain nature which shows is at its best when everything bursts into flower come springtime.
This national park, established as recently as 1999, encompasses the highest areas of northern Velebit. This wide area has remained untouched to this day, its ecological system well balanced.
Kornati’s cliffs are famous for their extraordinary height – up to 100m above sea level and as much below sea level. The wealth of flora and fauna is considerable, both on land and in the sea.
The striking features of the Kornati landscape are the high cliffs which provide a habitat for the endemic rock vegetation (dubrovačka zečina – Centaurea Ragusina and drvenasta mlječika – a plant form of the Euphorbia family), the relief covered by the rocky pastures of the littoral and with a pronounced stratified geological material.
Mljet National Park, a wonderfully beautiful island located southwest of Dubrovnik, with its spruce forest, its olive groves and vineyards, belongs to the group of southern Dalmatian islands.
The area between the highest peak of Velebit and the sea was declared a national park in 1949. The outstanding features of the park are the canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica.
On these 14 islands just of the west coast of the Istrian peninsula time seems to have stopped still. Thick forests, ancient oak trees, avenues of pines and cypresses, and a 1,600-year-old olive tree – all are a part of its history of nature. Rich woods of holm oak were partially cleared at the end of the 19th century in order to landscape parts of them into a park forest for a once famous and exclusive summer resort, with numerous meadows where today herds of fallow deer, axis deer and moufflon graze.
Fans of Winnetou know this area well (although they are generally unaware of the fact) since this is where a great part of the film based on Karl May’s work was shot. This national park is a true fairytale land – with its 16 lakes interlinked through waterfalls.
For more than two-thirds of its overall length (723 kilometres) the Krka flows through a canyon whose depth varies between 100 and 200 metres and accumulates into lakes which empty over seven waterfalls into the depths.