What to do and see in Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia: The Best Places and Tips

March 23, 2018 Enriqueta Cusson

Discover the best top things to do in Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia including Paklenica National Park, Paklenica Avanturist, Mountain Traveller Croatia, Manita pec cave, Disticnt Adventures, Vecka Kula.
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1. Paklenica National Park

Starigrad-Paklenica 23244, Croatia +385 23 369 202
Excellent
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4.5 based on 640 reviews

Paklenica National Park

Due to its unique natural features, magnificent Forests and extraordinary geomorphologic structures, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica was proclaimed a national park in 1949. The main reason for proclaiming this area a national park was the protection of the largest and best preserved forest complex in the territory of Dalmatia, which was threatened by overexploitation. The Paklenica National Park stretches on the area of 95 km2 , on the littoral slope of South Velebit under the zone of highest mountain peaks Vaganski vrh (1752) and Sveto brdo (1753).

Reviewed By Matija V

Amazing nature and definitely a climbers haven. Went with the family and climbing friends. Family went hiking and enjoying wonderful nature and scenery while I was climbing with friends.

2. Paklenica Avanturist

Dr. Franje Tudjmana 16b, Starigrad-Paklenica 23244, Croatia
Excellent
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5 based on 68 reviews

Paklenica Avanturist

The main reason of starting our own business was love for sports especially passion for outdoor sports. Both of us were former athletes and personalities that did not like office jobs (prime reason to start our own business). Frane and I (Katarina) wanted to reconsider and reinvent community we lived in. Then we discovered rock climbing through our friend. Even though so many tourists came to Paklenica just for climbing only few locals (including us) understood them, their need or better call it crave to climb. Climbing was not a sport which belonged to our local culture or tradition. Alpinism and climbing was brought to us by others in late 30's, and since then only "others" had guts and love to explore beautiful rocks and serene nature of NP Paklenica. But we changed these facts in 2010 when we opened our service shop for climbers. Paklenica Avanturist ltd. wanted to change local attitude and local people mindset towards climbing, to offer some local service to foreign climbers in our destination and that is basically what we continued doing by now. As a small team of local climbers and hikers we love to hang out with people who enjoy nature and rocks, and we love hosting them.

Reviewed By skimeld - London, United Kingdom

Great fun trying rock climbing in these staggering surroundings. Not cheap, at 1200kn for 4 of us, but good fun nonetheless. Not much instruction per se, but maybe not much necessary as we all did ok and had fun. Kids in particular loved the freedom of scuttling up, with the safety of full harness and burly instructor to reassure even the most nervous of parents. Take water and snacks.

3. Mountain Traveller Croatia

Velebitska 10 | Seline, Starigrad-Paklenica 23244, Croatia
Excellent
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5 based on 17 reviews

Mountain Traveller Croatia

Mountain Traveller Croatia is e-tourist agency located in Seline, a small tourist town on the coast, below the Paklenica National Park. Within 80km district there are few national parks: Krka, Plitvice, Kornati and North Velebit, Nature park Velebit and river Zrmanja with its tributaries Krupa and Krnjeza (cca 20 km) which provides the ideal combination of water and land sports. We are specialized for hiking&trekking, walking tours, mountain running trainings, 4x4 guided off-road tours, trail race organizing, outdoor location scouting. We offer to our customers a complete experience with unforgettable memories. When hiring a professional mountain guide you get a professional, safe and high quality service. Our guides have knowledge and experience in mountain guiding, we have skills necessary to make your trip relaxed and safe. We can offer many different hiking tours, but also provide you an unique arrangement on your request.

Reviewed By CaptHighSeas - Toronto, Canada

This mountain outfitter high recommendation comes from our professional filming crew and very demanding side!
2 times this year I brought a film crew for a TV shoot in the area of Velebit Mountains. We hired Mountain Traveller Croatia to be our mountain expert guide. Being lucky we got Danijela, the owner of the company, to be our guide on very rough and demanding filming locations throughout Velebit and Zrmanja canyon.
Danijela's expertese, great energy and constant smile full of positive encouragement made our filming production so much easier, faster and safer.
Locally based business, with an owner that was born here and eats and breaths this Mountains daily, can not be a better choice for any mountain trips needs you may have. From easy family exercise afternoon in Paklenica National Park, to full blown multi day, self-sufficient guided mountain tours.
If you can talk to Danijela direct - she can arrange everything needed!

4. Manita pec cave

Dr. Franje Tudmana 14a, Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia +385 23 369 202
Excellent
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Manita pec cave

Reviewed By Monika G - Sosnowiec, Poland

The cave is not so easy reachable - walk up for around 2 hours in Croatian summer; we were really exhausted reaching the entrance. View on Anica Kuk and all the Mountains was great during the walk, buty do not forget to take water and trekking shoes with you. When we entered the cave I was soo surprised by the size of that - really big and high! The nature is amazing architector using water and rock for creating breathtaking sculptures. It is a "must see" as it is hard to describe the feelings or take a photo. I strongly recomend the trip to see the beauty on your own eyes. It is really worth it!

5. Disticnt Adventures

Mali Vaganac, Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia
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5 based on 6 reviews

Disticnt Adventures

Reviewed By Miles M - Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany

This tour takes place in Paklenica National Park. You can book the activities separately, however I would recommend booking the Vaganac package which includes, bridging, zip line, abseil, via ferrata, and rock climbing. The tour took all day for us but everything was absolutely fantastic. The beauty of the national park is stunning and it is not overrun by tourism which makes the place even more magical. The guides are very personable, knowledgeable and professional. They guide you through everything and are very patient. This is hands down, the best guided tour I have ever been on and I highly recommend anyone in Croatia to seek this place out. Your efforts will be paid off with natural beauty, challenging activities and much adrenaline.

6. Vecka Kula

1 kilometer southwest of Blue Sun Hotel, Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia
Excellent
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4 based on 10 reviews

Vecka Kula

Reviewed By Kevin H - Cardiff, United Kingdom

This is the tower that could feature on the tarot card. It stands devoid of upper floors and a great gash in its wall. A notice board tells of its history and the legend of the dog king. (In Croatian, English and German.)

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