Croatia has so much to offer in terms of active holidays that have very little impact on the environment. In total, there are eight Croatia national parks – Plitvice Lakes, Kornati, Krka, Brijuni, Mljet, Paklenica, Northern (Sjeverni) Velebit and Risnjak – covering some 994 km², of which 235 km² is in water. All offer stunning scenery, as well as a plethora of car-free activities for you to explore.

The most famous and most popular is Plitvice Lakes, home to some of the most picturesque lakes and waterfalls in Europe. It offers the perfect location for an adventure holiday. Visitors can take part in a whole host of eco-friendly activities, including kayaking, cycling, hiking and zip lining, or alternatively, trekking is a great way to explore the stunning nature of Croatia.

The Northern (Sjeverni) Velebit National Park is home to some of the country’s fantastic mountains and offers hiking trails for all types of travellers including avid hikers and families looking to venture away from the classic city break vacation.

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An island in the Kornati National Park

The Kornati archipelago consists of some 130 islands, islets and bare limestone rocks rising from the crystal blue waters. Most of the archipelago lies within either Kornati National Park or Telascica Nature Park, and as such is protected from development.

For those looking to minimise the environmental impact of their holiday, there is a selection of camping locations around the country which allow visitors to truly switch off. Alternatively, you could always hire your own private island in Croatia.


For further Croatia travel inspiration, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s account of his trip to Kornati national park and the historic town of Zadar in, Zadar Croata Holidays : From Rome to Hitchcock


For further information on Croatia National Parks and ideas on the things to do in the country, visit: https://croatia.hr/en-GB

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