Croatia is very serious about preserving its natural beauty and has eight national parks. I visited three of these parks in April 2009. There is an entry fee to national parks with higher prices during peak Summer season.
I did a tour of the Kornati Islands National Park on a charter boat. Unfortunately it wasn’t the best of days weather wise, being rather cloudy and cool. I’m not very good on boats, as I’m inclined to feel at bit queasy. We set out from Biograd. There are several restaurants and tavernas on the islands but they hadn’t opened for the season when I visited. There isn’t a regular ferry service but various companies offer day excursions around the Kornati Islands National Park at a price of around 35 euro including lunch. There’s great diving in the area. A one day diving trip with two dives, a guide, boat transport, weights and tanks is a bargain at around 50 euro.
The Krka Falls National Park is one of the most magical places I’ve visited. My impression was probably influenced by the fact it was a lovely sunny day. It was a short boat trip from the pretty town of Skradin to the falls. I was really glad it was low season as I could envisage the park being absolutely mobbed in high season. As you walk along the raised wooden walkways above the falls, you’ll be enchanted by the amazing colour of the water. The falls are really spectacular. There is a restaurant in the park but you do pay a hefty price compared to restaurants on the sea front at Skradin.
The Brioni Islands National Park is a cluster of fourteen islands accessible by ferry from Fazana. I visited the main island which was formerly the retreat of the former Yugoslavian ruler Tito. You can learn more about this period in the islands’ history in the museum. At the Safari Park, populated by animal gifts Tito received, live some very cute and curious ostriches, all too eager to snatch your camera or video from your hand. If you’re interested in history, you can visit the Roman ruins at Vergi Bay and a prehistoric settlement at Grandina Hill.
I was also due to visit Paklenica National Park, but due to torrential rain that trip had to be cancelled. I’d love to visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park with its sixteen lakes, one of the reasons for me to visit beautiful Croatia again in the future.
Posted : Thursday, June 10th, 2010 at 10:54
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.