Plitvice National Park in Croatia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe. Thanks to its significance and natural beauty, this system of sixteen inter-linked lakes and a large forest complex around it were set aside as a national park in 1949, and is easily the most visited place in Croatia.

In addition to the numerous waterfalls, you will see a bevy of wildlife, including frogs, fish and a variety of bird species. Exclusive attractions at Plitvice Lakes include the Veliki Slap, a 35 metre waterfall sandwiched by nearby boulders accessible to tourists. What’s more, there's a larger waterfall complex that’s accessible via a cave in the surrounding rock face.

This park is a must see highlight and is available to book during your visit to either Monkey Troop Hostels, Zadar, Croatia.

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The Krka tour takes you to a section of the park called Skradinski buk. It is considered one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Europe. It consists of a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end, and cascades at the other.  In an area 400m in length, and 100m in width, there are 17 waterfalls with a total height difference of over 45m.

The best part of Krka is you get to take your swimming cossies. It's one of the only National Parks you can actually swim in. Take a dip in the impressive fresh lakes and capture the remarkable waterfalls on your camera.

The pick up and drop off tour location is a town called Skardin – an old Roman military centre and a popular town in history with powerful family connections. We recommend going up to the medieval fortress of Turina the views from the hill are gorgeous.

A small beach is close to the town and can be reached within a few minutes walk if you decide to leave the park early.

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Dugi otok is primarily a place of relaxation and enjoyment. During the summer months in each village festivals are held, usually in the name of the patron saint of the place, accompanied by the sounds of traditional music and local dishes.

Fans of active vacation will find satisfaction by exploring the island across marked hiking trails or on excursions to the Nature Park Telašćica and the National Park Kornati. During the year a variety of sporting events are organized and available to join in, also mountain bike tracks and climbing areas to explore. There are several scuba diving schools on Dugi otok which are at service to all who want to explore the mysteries of the sea, you are also able to visit some of the most beautiful diving sites of Dugi otok, such as the underwater cave Brbinjšćica or the islet Mežanj.

With a number of attractive tourist sites and natural beauty on offer, visitors can journey through the world of tradition and modern ways of living.

We have found the best way to see the island is either hiring push bikes to view the south of the Island or rent a scooter in the small fishing town of Sali and travel up to the north to visit Saharun beach, no other words than stunning!

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Due to its unique natural features, magnificent forests and extraordinary geomorphologic structures, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica was proclaimed a national park in 1949. The main reason for proclaiming this area a national park was the protection of the largest and best preserved forest complex in the territory of Dalmatia, which was threatened by overexploitation. The Paklenica National Park stretches on the area of 95 km2, on the littoral slope of South Velebit under the zone of highest mountain peaks Vaganski vrh (1752) and Sveto brdo (1753). 

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. Diverse habitats in the area of Paklenica, along with elevation stratification, provide a home for diverse fauna.

Easy to get to from Zadar's main bus station or by tour, this is definitely a recommended hiking excursion for the out of peak season months, it gets very hot in July and August. The park is only 40km from Zadar city centre.

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The beaches of Nin are one of its trademarks and an impressive scene remembered by all those who have been there. It is not surprising that many rate them as among the most beautiful in Croatia because of their spectacular mountain views.

Nin's beaches total a staggering 8,000 meters in length. The longest and most famous among them is a three-kilometer long stretch of sand to which a folk law tale is connected. Tradition has it that the wife of the first Croatian king, Tomislav, was especially attracted by its beauty. The Royal Family, whenever they officially came to Nin would visit this beach to enjoy a few rare and relaxing moments. Hence the name Queen's Beach because of its extremely long shallow beach and beauty, families with small children even today take delight in it's safe and fun environment.

What is interesting to us at the hostels is that you should pass over a ten metre long shallow stretch of water in order to reach it. In this vicinity there is the largest known location of medicinal sulfur mud in Croatia.

We recommend taking the bus from the main station, its very cheap for a return ticket back to Zadar, spend the day in this little town and check out the beach. Rub the mud in and let this dry on your body, wash it off in the sea, it's so good for your skin!

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