Discovering Natural Wonders: National Parks on the Croatian Coast and Islands

The Croatian coast and islands safeguard some of Europe's most extraordinary natural treasures, with national parks offering unforgettable landscapes, biodiversity, and outdoor adventures. From deep forests and mountain peaks to crystal-clear lakes and hidden coves, Croatian national parks offer something for every nature enthusiast.

Brijuni National Park

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Brijuni National Park, located alongside the beautiful region of Istria, is a true oasis of peace and natural beauty. It offers visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and untouched nature. In addition to a wealth of archaeological sites, this national park is home to an unusual safari park where one can see zebras, antelopes, and other animals not native to this part of the world, brought there by various historical figures, including the former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito. Furthermore, Brijuni is known for its golf courses, attracting golf enthusiasts from around the globe.

Brijuni, consisting of 14 islands and islets, were declared a national park in 1983. They are renowned for their incredible diversity in flora and fauna, as well as for their rich historical heritage that spans from prehistoric times to the modern era.

The park is home to the country's most fascinating archaeological sites, including remains of prehistoric settlements, Roman villas, Byzantine castra, and medieval churches.

Organized boat tours from the nearby town of Fažana are available, allowing easy accessibility and exploration of this unique archipelago. Brijuni National Park perfectly combines natural beauty with historical significance, offering visitors an unforgettable experience of a Mediterranean paradise.

Kornati National Park

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The Kornati National Park, located in the central part of the Adriatic Sea, represents the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean. Its isolation and inaccessibility preserve the untouched nature and peace that is hard to find elsewhere.

In addition to natural beauties, like other parts of Croatia the Kornati are home to numerous historical sites, including traces of Illyrian settlements, Roman villae rusticae, and medieval churches.The park offers a unique exploration experience with a guide, who can direct visitors to hidden coves and secret caves that might otherwise be missed. Sailing through the labyrinth of the Kornati opens a perspective of extraordinary beauty - from the blueness of the sea to the greenery of the maquis and the grey rocks that dominate the landscape.

The fact that the park is home to more than four hundred species of plants and a rich animal world, including rare bird species, makes it not only a national treasure of Croatia but also a valuable part of the world's natural heritage. Indeed, a visit to the Kornati National Park leaves a lasting impression on all who sail there, offering countless opportunities for exploration, adventure, and relaxation in pristine nature.

Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Krka National Park, located in the Šibenik-Knin County, is a true natural and cultural treasure of Croatia.

Beyond the famous waterfalls, the park is home to rare plant and animal species, making it an ideal place for nature lovers. With the option to hike along the river streams, visitors can also explore numerous cultural monuments, including the Franciscan monastery on the islet of Visovac and the Orthodox monastery of Krka.

For those seeking adventure, the park offers organized rafting tours that provide a unique view of Krka's wilderness. Additionally, the park houses the Jaruga hydroelectric power station, the second oldest hydroelectric power plant in the world, still in operation, adding historical significance to this area. Gastronomy enthusiasts can enjoy local delicacies in the park's restaurants, offering traditional Dalmatian cuisine.

A visit to Krka National Park offers an unforgettable experience of merging natural beauty with rich cultural heritage, making it one of the most visited and beloved national parks in Croatia.

Mljet National Park

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Mljet National Park is not just a natural oasis but also a place rich in history and legends, making it irresistible for exploration. According to legend, Mljet was a favorite refuge for the nymph Calypso and the place where Odysseus spent seven years of his adventure, captivated by its beauty.

Today, visitors can follow trails leading to spectacular viewpoints, offering views of the lakes that radiate turquoise colors, surrounded by dense vegetation. A boat ride to the isle of St. Mary, where a monastery is located, provides a unique insight into the island's spiritual history and an opportunity for reflection in the silence of this sacred place.

For adventurers, the park also offers the possibility of camping overnight under the starry sky, providing an experience of complete unity with nature. Culinary enthusiasts can enjoy local delicacies, such as fresh seafood and traditional dishes, in small family-owned restaurants within the park.

Mljet National Park, with its natural beauty, cultural wealth, and undisturbed silence, is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature.

How to Get to the National Parks

Most national parks are easily accessible from the mainland, and ferries and catamarans provide regular lines to the islands. Visitors can rent a car, bike, or use organized tours to explore these natural wonders.

For those who wish to spend several days exploring, EuroTours Villas offers a wide selection of villas and apartments near national parks. From luxurious villas with a pool to cozy family apartments, you can find the ideal accommodation that will complement your Croatian nature experience.

The Croatian coast and islands not only offer enchanting beaches and crystal-clear seas but are also home to some of the most impressive national parks. Whether you're looking for adventure, tranquility, or simply want to enjoy natural beauty, Croatian national parks provide unforgettable experiences. Plan your trip, book accommodation through EuroTours Villas, and immerse yourself in the discovery of Croatia's natural wonders.