Croatia: Nature and Wildlife
Despite its small size, Croatia hosts a great deal of biodiversity. It provides habitats for many large mammals like lynx, wolves, bears and chamois. Its wetlands and rivers are havens for many bird species, while its coast, which is naturally protected by more than 1,000 islands, shelter a reefs and a vast array of fish and dolphins. There are 8 national parks in Croatia, 2 nature reserves and 400 other protected areas that equal 10% of the country.
Risnjak National Park, located in the north of Rijeka, is a popular spot for wildlife. Covering an area of 63.5 square kilometres, the park is found inland from the Adriatic Sea. Its name comes from the Croatian word for lynx, which once populated the area. The lynx went extinct in Croatia during the 1970s, but efforts have been made to reintroduce it to the park.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is probably the best known in Croatia. It is located behind the Velebit Mountains in central Croatia at the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The park is made up of 16 small and large lakes that are connected by waterfalls. These lakes are known for their distinctive colours that range from azure, to green, blue and grey. It became a national park in 1949, making it the oldest in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia.
Brijuni Islands National Park is a group of two large islands and twelve small islets off the west coast of Istria. This national park is home to a Safari park that hosts many exotic species, while the park overall provides a home for approximately 600 indigenous plant species.
Krka National Park is located in central Dalmatia and is considered one of Croatia’s natural wonders. It became a national park in 1985 and provides a habitat for over 800 plant species. Its location is important for spring and autumn migrations of many bird species. Skradinski Buk is a particular highlight for visitors to the park. It is a massive natural pool with waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other.
Croatia Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Croatia.
Learn about the history and culture of Croatia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Croatia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Croatia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Croatia tours today!
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