Starigrad Paklenica should be on everyones things to do in Croatia list. As you drive closer and closer toward Starigrad Paklenica, the colossal Velebit mountain appears in front of your eyes looking as though it's been painted below the blue sky. Mother nature blessed Croatia when it comes to nature, but Starigrad Paklenica had received an extra blessing by having Paklenica National Park right next door.
The best time to visit Starigrad Paklenica is from early spring all the way through to late autumn. Once when the winter rains and cold wind bura have ceased in March, the weather finally reveals its genuine Mediterranean character that opens the season for outdoor activities, and there are numerous possibilities for recreation.
Hiking, geocaching, climbing or water sports? Well, why not all of them?
Hiking is convincingly the best way to discover Paklenica. With more than 150km of marked trails throughout the Park, there are routes for everybody. You can follow the trails that take just a few hours or really long ones that will occupy your entire day. Locals say that you would need at least a week to cover all the trails in the Park. Hiking can be even more entertaining by doing some geocaching along the way. Learning new facts from history, nature or tradition is much more amusing by visiting the specified spots rather than sitting inside and reading about them on the Internet.
Paklenica National Park being the largest climbing site in Southeast Europe is definitely a place where you can test your climbing skills, whether you are a begginer or an experienced climber, an adult or a child, there are routes for every taste and potential.
When it comes to beaches, dipping into crystal clear sea and lying on rounded pebbles is one way to relax after an active day spent in the mountain, the other is to rent a kayak and paddle into sunset painted in surreal colours.