Last Updated on April 3, 2024

This coming Earth Day (April 22, 2024), Croatia invites nature lovers and adventurers to explore its breathtaking landscapes and wilderness. As the world comes together to celebrate environmental conservation and sustainability, Croatia showcases its commitment to preserving its natural heritage and welcomes visitors to experience the beauty of its iconic hiking destinations.

From majestic mountains to lush national parks, Croatia offers a diverse range of hiking experiences that immerse travelers in its stunning natural surroundings. Here are some of the must-visit hiking destinations in Croatia:

Učka Mountain

Situated in the heart of Istria, Učka Mountain offers panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the Istrian peninsula. With its well-marked trails and diverse flora and fauna, Učka is a haven for hikers and nature lovers seeking adventure and tranquility.

Risnjak National Park

Located in the Gorski Kotar region, Risnjak National Park is renowned for its rugged terrain, dense forests, and abundant wildlife. Hikers can explore a network of trails that lead to stunning viewpoints, cascading waterfalls, and the majestic peak of Mount Risnjak.

Northern Velebit

As the largest mountain range in Croatia, Northern Velebit offers endless opportunities for hiking and outdoor exploration. From the dramatic karst landscapes of the Premužić Trail to the pristine wilderness of the Paklenica National Park, Northern Velebit captivates hikers with its natural beauty and biodiversity.

Moreover, close to Paklenica National Park, towards the south, visitors can explore the enchanting Cerovac Caves. These remarkable caves offer a fascinating glimpse into the subterranean wonders of Croatia’s limestone landscape.

Paklenica National Park

Located at the southern slopes of Velebit Mountain, Paklenica National Park is a paradise for adventure seekers and rock climbers. Hikers can traverse through narrow gorges, ancient beech forests, and limestone cliffs, while immersing themselves in the park’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

Biokovo Mountain

Rising majestically above the Dalmatian coast, Biokovo Mountain offers unparalleled vistas of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands. Hikers can explore a network of trails that wind through rugged terrain, Mediterranean vegetation, and hidden caves, providing a unique opportunity to connect with nature.

Additionally, within the Biokovo Nature Park, visitors can marvel at the awe-inspiring Skywalk, a thrilling vantage point that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. For those seeking a botanical escape, the nearby Kotisina Botanical Garden awaits, renowned as one of the most exquisite botanical gardens in Croatia.

Via Dinarica

For adventures seeking an immersive journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Dinaric Alps, Via Dinarica offers an unparalleled experience. The Via Dinarica trail consists of three main corridors. The blue line follows the Adriatic coast ; the white line covers the high Dinarides; and the green line refers to the continental Dinarides. This extensive network of trails connects several countries in the region, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and natural wonders of the area. 

In Croatia, Via Dinarica passes next to six national parks (Risnjak, Northern Velebit, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Mljet) and four nature parks (Učka, Velebit, Vransko Lake, Biokovo).

International recognition in sustainable tourism

As we celebrate Earth Day, Croatia reaffirms its commitment to sustainable tourism and environmental conservation. Early this year, Croatia’s recent reforms for managing the development of sustainable tourism, within which a legislative and strategic framework was established for tourism management, was recognized as an example of best practice for the development of tourism in other European and world destinations. Confirmation came from the most important European automobile club, ADAC, to the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, who was presented with the Kristofor medal in recognition of her commitment to the development of sustainable tourism.

By promoting responsible travel practices and preserving its natural landscapes, Croatia invites travelers to experience the wonders of its wilderness while fostering a deeper appreciation of our planet.

Click here for more information about how to plan your next adventure in Croatia.

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  • Chadd Scott

    Chadd Scott is an arts contributor with Forbes and the founder of See Great Art, where he writes about his travels from big city museums to small town galleries in search of great art.

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