In recent years, Croatia has become one of the most-visited tourist places in the world. A treat for adventurists and nature lovers alike, Croatia has something for everybody. From scenic mountains and hiking trails to beautiful beaches along the Adriatic Sea, the country more than justifies being ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world.
For the hiking and trekking enthusiasts, Croatia offers diverse landscapes and fascinating mountain ranges with uncompromising views of some of the best preserved and untouched parts of Croatia. Here are 9 spectacular views that you can expect to witness while hiking in Croatia.
9 Spectacular Views from Hiking Trails in Croatia
- Učka National Park.
If you are one for challenges, Učka is the destination for you. It is the highest mountain in the Istrian peninsula, and several different hiking trails leading to the summit will get you in touch with nature’s beauty like never before. The highest peak Vojak offers panoramic views of the northern coast and islands of Croatia, Kvarner’s Bay, and of the Istrian peninsula itself.
- Paklenica National Park.
An overwhelming favorite among hikers, Paklenica offers some of the most breathtaking sceneries in Europe and even the world. The Paklenica National Park is a part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This is a must-visit destination if you’re looking for amazing hikes through nature coupled with beautiful views when you reach the top.
- The Premužić Trail.
The Premužić trail is the signature hiking trail for hikers visiting Croatia. It winds through the heart of the Velebit mountain range and offers great views of the Adriatic Sea for hikers to enjoy. You haven’t been to Croatia if you haven’t been here!
- Risnjak National Park.
Risnjak National Park is located in the most heavily forested region of Croatia – Gorski kotar. A delight for nature lovers, serious mountain hikers will also find the highest peak in the Park – Veliki Risnjak – to be a challenge to take on.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park.
This is the largest national park in Croatia. Home to 16 pristine lakes and over 90 waterfalls, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is the ultimate destination for walking/hiking enthusiasts and for avid shutterbugs.
- Lopud Island.
One of the most amazing hiking trails in Croatia. The magnificence and natural beauty of the Lopud Island can only be admired on foot. High points along the walking trails on this island offer scenic views of the coast and the Adriatic Sea. A ferry takes you from Dubrovnik to Lopud, where you can discover nature in all its glory.
- Mljet Island.
The Mljet Island offers an epic walking/hiking experience, featuring a 43 km long walking trail that showcases everything the island has to offer. Witness awesome views of bays and saltwater lakes and discover the ancient cave from Homer’s epic The Odyssey, all on the Mljet Island.
- Krka National Park.
The Krka National Park is located in the southern half of Croatia. A number of hiking trails take you around the park on a wonderful journey complete with serene lakes, cascades, caves and Skradinski Buk (the place featured in the image.) Skradinski Buk is the most popular part of the park, and we can see why.
- Biokovo National Park.
One of the most beautiful hiking trails in Croatia. Hike among the highest of peaks in Croatia’s second-highest mountain range in the Biokovo National Park. A great hike here begins near the seaside and makes its way through limestone ridges and valleys, opening up to captivating views from the trail. If you are the adventurous type, take on the Sveti Jure Peak – the highest peak in the Biokovo mountain range.