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Paklenica national park: 5 unmissable experiences

Just two kilometres from Bluesun Camp Paklenica lies one of the eight Croatian national parks. What can you experience at the Paklenica national park?
A journey back in time

At the entrance to the Paklenica national park is the hamlet of Marasovići which will take you back in time. These old stone constructions have been preserved ever since long ago when the masons built the houses under the Velebit mountains.

Today, there is an exhibition area and a restaurant where you can taste the traditional food of this region.

A climbing paradise and the biggest cliff of the Velebit mountain

Right next to the entrance to the Velika (Great) Paklenica canyon, you’ll see tireless sport climbers attempting to conquer easier and more difficult routes placed on the vertical cliff. The most popular destination is Anića kuk, the largest cliff on Velebit, where individual routes are as long as 350 metres.


Climbers will find a sanctuary at Paklenica, and those who don’t climb can sign up to a course


Those who have never tried out this adrenaline sport can sign up to a course and conquer their first cliff. Every year at Paklenica, an international climbers meeting is held.

Accessible educational walks and (or) rides


Families with young children and lovers of easier walking will be able to walk the educational trails of the national park. The most visited trail takes you from the canyon of Velika Paklenica to the Mountain lodge. The Paklarić educational trail is 550 metres long, and the most attractive part is a viewpoint with a beautiful view.

The somewhat longer path of Pjeskarica (1.5 km) begins near the Paklenica mill and takes you along the stream. You can take a bike ride along the 8 km long path ‘’A short journey through the past’’ which will educate you about the history of this region.


The cultivated educational paths are perfect for families with children

Conquering the peaks

For those who cannot resist the call of the mountains, Paklenica offers challenges and enjoyment. A hiking-mountain path which is longer than 150 kilometres takes you to the highest peaks of the largest Croatian mountain, and they’re marked by signs and boards.


Lovers of mountaineering will fall in love with Paklenica


Anticipate some fascinating panoramic views, old hamlets, sinkholes, alpine meadows… Velebit is simply magical.

Manita peć - a cave worth the walk

Did you know that it takes about 1000 years for a stalactite to grow ten inches? The only cave set up for visits in the National Park can be found at a height of 570 metres, and it’s about an hour and a half walk from the car park in Velika Paklenica (of course, in appropriate footwear). For all the good things in life, you need to make a little effort.


he journey to Manita peć lasts about an hour and a half, but it’s worth every step


Make sure you check the opening hours for when you plan to arrive, as it is not always open for sightseeing. In addition, wear warmer clothes even in summer as the temperature is around 9 ° C.
The turn onto the road towards beautiful Paklenica is just a hundred metres or so from the Paklenica Camp. Please don’t hesitate to send us the number of persons and the desired dates of arrival by calling +385 1 3844 288 or send us an email to reservations@bluesunhotels.com. We’ll get back to you with a special offer as soon as possible.
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