Saturday, August 25, 2007

National park Paklenica (CRO)

National park Paklenica

The Paklenica karst river canyon is a national park in Croatia. It is located at 44°22′N, 15°26′E in Starigrad, northern Dalmatia. With its surface area of 96 km2, from the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea to the highest peaks of the Velebit Mountains, Vaganski Vrh (1757 m) and Sveto Brdo (1753 m), Paklenica abounds with numerous natural wonders and phenomena, which is why the entire area was proclaimed a national park in 1949. And rightfully so, as this region is simple and unusual in its connection between the sea and the mountains, rich in beech and black pine forests, its deep canyons cut vertically into the Velebit ridge, its karst formations and numerous caves and pits.

Vaganski vrh, the highest peak of Velebit at 175 m, is located within the borders of the national park, and also is the peak Sveto brdo (Holy mountain) - 1753m. From the Sveto brdo there is the beautiful view of the southern slopes, as this is the last really high peak at Velebit. At the top, there is a cross. Today there is a dispute in the Croatian Mountaineering Association as to whether this is the right way to mark mountain peaks.

National park Paklenica is best place for all people which like nature, especially for alpinists and free-climber, and if you visit Paklenica you will come back.

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