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6 of the Best Scenic Hiking Destinations in Croatia

by Aoife O'Riordan

Apr 10, 2024

Biokovo Mountain © CNTB – Ivo Biocina

Destinations / Europe

Nature enthusiasts and adventurers should turn to Croatia this spring and summer for some of the best hikes and outdoor experiences in the world. The country’s beauty is reflected in its commitment to preserving its natural heritage and landscapes.

 

Beyond Earth Day, celebrate Croatia’s beauty across its mountains and national parks, each offering a diverse range of hiking experiences.

 

Croatia

Paklenica © CNTB – Ivo Biocina

Risnjak National Park

Located in the Gorski Kotar region, this national park is known for its dense forests, rugged terrain and abundant wildlife. Explore a network of trails leading to stunning viewpoints, the majestic peak of Mount Risnjak and cascading waterfalls.

 

Via Dinarica

For an immersive journey through the Dinaric Alps, Via Dinarica is the place to go. The trail features three main corridors: The blue line follows the Adriatic coast, the white line traverses the high Dinarides and the green line covers the continental Dinarides. These trails connect several countries and, in Croatia, passes next to six national parks and four nature parks.

 

Paklenica National Park

Situated on the southern slopes of Velebit Mountain, this paradise for adventure seekers and rock climbers awes with its narrow gorges, ancient beech forests and limestone cliffs. Visitors to the park are also immersed in the area’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

 

Ucka

Učka Mountain © CNTB – Ivo Biocina

Učka Mountain

This mountain, nestled in the heart of Istria, promises panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and Istrian peninsula. The mountain features well-marked trails and diverse flora and fauna.

 

Biokovo Mountain

This mountain rises dramatically above the Dalmatian coast, offering hikers unobstructed vistas of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands. Explore a network of trails winding through rugged terrain, hidden caves and Mediterranean vegetation. Within Biokovo Nature Park, visitors can take in the Skywalk, a great vantage point. And for those fascinated with the local flora, nearby Kotisina Botanical Garden awaits.

 

Croatia

Northern Velebit © CNTB – Luke Tambaca

Northern Velebit

The largest mountain range in the country, Northern Velebit features the dramatic karst landscapes of Premužić Trail. With endless opportunities for hiking and outdoor exploration, the mountain is also near the enchanting Cerovac Caves, a series of subterranean caverns of limestone rock.

 

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