The Velebit mountains in the northern-most corner of Zadar county provide the backdrop to the Paklenica National Park. This is a wonderful land of high peaks and deep ravines and canyons that create a paradise for rock climbers and hikers. One of the destinations in Croatia that will please outdoor enthusiasts.
There are nine hiking trails in total 150km long each set at a different level but all requiring mountaineering equipment. For cyclists and walkers, there is an 8km trail between Starigrad and Reljan.
Matina Peč is a fine example of a karst cave, open to the public, where you can see the stalagmites, stalactites and stacks formed over millennia by the water passing through the limestone caves.
The park is home to some impressive animal species, including peregrine falcons, golden eagles, short-toed snake eagles and bears among others.