The Magnificent Velika Paklenica Limestone Canyon: An Introduction to the Velebit Hiking Trail (Velebitski Planinarski Put)

The Velebit is the largest mountain range in Croatia, stretching for 90 miles (145 km) along the Adriatic and separating the coast from the interior of the country. A member of the Dinaric Alps, the Velebit boasts two National Parks – North Velebit National Park and Paklenica National Park. Ever since I first learned about the magnificent Velebit mountains I’ve been curious to check them out for myself. So, while Daniel and I were staying in the town of Zadar, I took the bus to Paklenica National Park one day to do some hiking.

Plitvice Lakes in the Off Season: A Misty Watery Paradise

Fog clung to the lake in eerie tendrils as the boat sped across the water.  I could hear the rushing sound of water before I saw my first small waterfall on the opposite shore, near the ferry dock.  I climbed a set of stairs and suddenly I found myself in a misty watery paradise.  The boardwalk led directly over a turquoise pool that was partially obscured by fog.  I could hear water running underneath my feet, behind me and in front of me.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

The Brijuni Islands: Our Own Private Jurassic Park

As we decided where to go next after Rovinj, Brijuni National Park seemed like a natural next step. Granted National Park status in 1983, Brijuni isn’t your typical National Park. The Brijuni Islands were the summer residence of the former leader of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito. The islands are also home to a safari park, as well as ancient Roman ruins and fully preserved dinosaur footprints.