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Paklenica National Park
The area of Paklenica National Park stretches on the littoral slope of South Velebit directly above the settlement of Marasovići, up to the zone of the highest mountain peaks (Vaganski vrh, Babin vrh, Sveto brdo).
It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of geomorphological phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature.
Paklenica National Park, one of nature’s miracles, is characterised by sharp cliffs of the monumental canyons and is the home of ancient beech tree forests, mysterious caves and endemic plant and wildlife species. The Park, declared a bio-energy reserve by UNESCO in 1987, is a challenge to every nature lover - day tripper, hiker, alpinist and adventurer. Another feature that makes it special is its closeness to sights such as the Plitvice Lakes National Park, River Krka Waterfalls and Kornati Archipelago.
Paklenica National Park is located on the famous, 150 km long Velebit Mountain Range that stretches from Senj in the north east of Croatia to the Zrmanja River in the south near Zadar.
Velebit and its national park are the home to many endemic plant and animal species, as well as fascinating caves and clearings. Amongst the most important endemic species is Degenia velebitica, the Velebit Degenia, and Alan butterfly.
The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats.

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