About Paklenica National Park

The area of Paklenica National Park has an exceptional diversity of geomorphology. The most attractive parts are surely the impressive canyons of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica cut deep into the Velebit Mountain range. Velika Paklenica canyon is 14 km long and 500-800 m wide, in its narrowest part around the "Bunkers", the canyon is only 50 m wide. Vertical cliffs rise above both sides of the canyon up to a height of over 700 m; the most attractive part is the area around the steep drop of the stream downstream from Anića luka, where steep cliffs rise directly above the stream, forming the narrowest part of the canyon between Anića luka and the parking area.

This is a karst limestone area with a wealth of fine caves, although only one, Manita, is open to the public. The National Park area also protects an important Black Pine forest with rare wild flowers; animals include the brown bear, lynx and wolf as well as several species of deer. A significant non-natural feature are the Yugoslav National Army bunkers covering many miles and used for exhibitions; you are also likely to spot 19th century watermills, many of which were used up until recently. Stari Grad is a lovely little town near the entrance to the park and a good spot to use as a base.

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