Velebit caves

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The underground world of the Karst landscape is to this day for many people still something unknown, mysterious and a little bit frightening. Thanks, however, to research done by geologists, hydrologists, speleologists and biospeleologists the beauty and attraction of caves has for decades now been known to the wider public. Read more

Velebit Nature Park

February 11, 2010 by  
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Velebit mountain is the longest mountain range in Croatia extending in the form of a gentle arc from the Senjska draga cove and Vratnik to the upper course of the River Zrmanja to a total length of about 145 km. Read more

Lonjsko Polje Nature Park

February 10, 2010 by  
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Lonjsko Polje is a flood area situated alongside the River Sava, where the following forest communities are found: common oak and hornbeam on elevated positions; on lower ground, common oak with common barberry, and common oak with ground ash; in the depressions there are forests of ground ash with snowflake, of alder, of aspen and willow. Read more

Biokovo Nature Park

February 9, 2010 by  
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Biokovo is a rugged mountain whose almost vertical cliffs rise near and by the sea leaving its imprint on the whole surrounding landscape. Its highest peak is St. Jure at 1,762 metres ASL.

Barren limestone rocks of broken relief and with watershed features, mountain grasslands and rocky pastures, and the blending of the Mediterranean and mountain climate has ensured that Biokovo is second only to Velebit in its number of endemic species. Read more

Ucka Nature Park

February 8, 2010 by  
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Ucka is a narrow and tall mountain (1,401 metres) that separates Istria and Kvarner, and extends almost vertically to the Dinarides, i.e., Ćićarija, which continues onto it.

Geologically it is composed predominantly of calciferous rock, and in its top section there is a narrow zone of flysch beneath the limestone cap. The slopes are a combination of limestone and dolomite, with relief forms created by erosion and tectonic activity. Read more

Zumberak Nature Park

February 7, 2010 by  
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In contrast to the rest of the Pannonian mountains, which are predominantly covered by forests, at 800 metres above sea level, here there are villages with meadows, pastures and small cultivated areas. Žumberak’s highest peak is Sveta Gera (1178 metres). Read more

Papuk Nature Park

February 7, 2010 by  
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Papuk is a significant mountain in the chain of the Slavonian mountains which closes the Požega valley on its northern side.

Geologically, it is predominantly composed of eruptive and metamorphic rocks, less of limestone and dolomites. Read more

Vrana Lake Nature Park

February 7, 2010 by  
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Vrana Lake is the largest natural lake in Croatia, covering an area of 3,000 ha, 14 km long, about 2 km wide, with depth that does not exceed 5 metres.

The total area of the Nature Park is 5700 ha. In its north-western part the lake shores are covered with bull-rushes and reeds; this is an ornithological reserve which, in addition to harbouring numerous colonies of heron, also attracts the ibis. Read more

Risnjak National Park

January 30, 2010 by  
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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. Read more

Northern Velebit National Park

January 27, 2010 by  
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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. Read more

Kornati National Park

January 26, 2010 by  
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According to legend the Kornati were created when God, having created the Earth, was left with a few stones which he simply tossed over his shoulder.

The result was the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean, with over 140 islands, rocks and reefs, 110 of which form the national park. Read more

Mljet National Park

January 26, 2010 by  
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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. Read more

Paklenica National Park

January 25, 2010 by  
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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. Cliffs rising to a height of more than 400 metres, waterfalls and wild, rugged rock forms create a dramatic ambiance. The area is a veritable challenge for alpinists, researchers and scientists alike. Here, bird watchers come into their own – there are 220 bird species, while hikers, mountaineers and free climbers find delight in the numerous cliffs and rocks, caves and potholes. Most interesting among the caves are Manita peć, which visitors can visit with guide, and Vodarica cave. On the rocks of the Velika Paklenica canyon alpinist climbing routes have been marked, the most popular being the rock known as Anića Kuka (712 metres). Read more

Brijuni National Park

January 24, 2010 by  
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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. Read more

Croatia ecotourism

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In the ranking of tourist values in Croatia, along with many other qualities, the beauty and level of preservation of the natural environment holds a convincing first place along with an ecological awareness that is reflected in the relationship with nature, the organic production of food, and doing business with companies that have harmonised with environment protection standards. Read more

Plitvice Lakes National Park

January 23, 2010 by  
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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. Read more

Krka National Park

January 23, 2010 by  
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In this area the River Krka presents a unique play of nature. 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. Read more

Medvednica Nature Park

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Medvednica is a nature park, that is, with its highest peak Sljeme (1,033 m), the favourite excursion destination of Zagreb locals, who use it to run away to nature, relaxation and recreation.

In the winter, Medvednica offers its visitors opportunities to ski, sledge and enjoy the fresh air and winter idyll. In the summer, it attracts many visitors on account of its much more pleasant climate, with temperatures several degrees lower than in the city. Read more