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NACIONAL PARK Kornati Islands, www.kornati.hr, distance 48km

General information KORNATSKI OTOCI (Kornati Islands), the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic Sea; consists of 147 islands, islets and reefs comprising an area of 69 sq km, scattered at an area of 234 sq km. They stretch in the length of about 35 km and the width of 13 km, between the island of Dugi Otok in the north-west and the island of Zirje in the south-east, as well as between the islands of Pasman, Vrgada and Murter in the north and the north-east. They were named after Kornat, the biggest island (32.62 sq km). Pliny called them Cratea . On the south-western side, toward the open sea, the coasts are extremely steep (cliffs or crowns); the highest cliffs are those on Klobucar (80 m), Mana (65 m), Rasip Veli (64 m) and elsewhere. Due to limestone formation there are no sources or water streams on the Kornati Islands. In some karst depressions, whose bottoms are covered by red soils, water retains almost throughout the year. Brackish water may be found in karst cavities at some 40 locations. Rainwater is collected in cisterns. Winters are mild; an average air temperature in January is 7.3 °C and in July 23.9 °C. Maximum air temperatures do not exceed 33 °C and minimum air temperature does not fall below -7 °C. There are 106 clear days, 134 moderate cloudy and 125 cloudy days in a year. Air humidity reaches 65 %. There are also 115 rainy days in a year. Snow occurs very rarely. Due to the unfavourable dynamics of rainfall and air temperatures during the vegetation period, and because of limestone formation, the vegetation on the islands is very sparse. The predominant type is rocky ground with sparse pastures. Only on the north-eastern side of the Kornat Island, near the Stativala Cove, there are some areas under holm oaks. Red soil fields, mild slopes and coves provide good opportunities for the cultivation of olives, figs, vines and citrus fruit. The Kornati area is one of the richest fishing grounds in the Adriatic, especially rich in benthos species.

NACIONAL PARK KRKA www.npkrka.hr, distance 117km

The Krka National Park is a spacious, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value, and includes one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems.
It is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational,
and tourism activities such as visiting and sightseeing.
It was proclaimed a national park in 1985 and is the seventh national
park in Croatia.

The Krka National Park is located entirely within the territory of Šibnik-
Knin County and encompasses an area of 109 square kilometers along
the Krka River: two kilometers downriver from Knin to Skradin and the lower part of the Cikola River.

From the flooded part of the mouth, it is 72.5 kilometers in length,
making the Krka the 22nd longest river in Croatia.
The source of the Krka River is at the base of the Dinaric Mountains, 3.5 kilometers northeast of the base of Knin and 22 meters below Topoljski Slap, Veliki Buk and Krcic Slap, which are noisy cascades in the winter but run dry during the summer.
The length of the freshwater section of the river is 49 kilometers and that of the brackish section is 23.5 kilometers. Significant tributaries of the Krka River include Krcic, Kosovcica, Orašnica, Butišnica and Cikola with Vrb.
With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 meters, the Krka River is a natural and karstic phenomenon.

NACIONAL PARK STARIGRAD-PAKLENICA www.paklenica.hr, distance 65km

Zelebit is the largest Croatian mountain range (2274 km2), deeply interwoven into the space, lives and consciousness of the locals. Due to the impressive beauty of the landscape, the variety of relief shapes, flora and fauna as well as the untouched nature, it was declared a Nature Park.

Numerous hiking trails, historical buildings, old regal trails, fortresses and sacred monuments are evidence of man's centuries long relationship with this mythical mountain range. Paklenica National Park, with its monumental Velika and Mala Paklenica canyons, is the most beautiful part of this mountain range; and has been included in the World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Here Velebit opens up to the sea, and allows for the mixing of sea and mountain air, creating ideal climatic conditions. Paklenica will satisfy everyone – from the visitor checking out the caves, viewing points, old windmills or forest huts; hikers setting out to tackle the highest peaks, scientists studying the valuable natural heritage, to alpinists conquering the vertical slopes.


NACIONAL PARK PLITVICE www.np-plitvice.com, distance 175km

Plitvice Lakes count among Europe's most beautiful national parks. They are situated in the mountainous region of Lika, Croatia. A total of 16 lakes lying at different altitutes are separated by travertine barriers and linked by foamy waterfalls and cascades. Their creation is a scientific phenomenon. As the geological processes continue today the lakes and waterfalls are continually changing.
The beauty of the lakes and caves, forests and meadows, creeks, rivers and cascades as well as a rich flora and fauna are a magnet for tourists from around the world.