Walks and Treks in Croatia

mountain trails and national parks, including Velebit, Dinara and Plitvice

By Rudolf Abraham

This guide describes day walks and treks in all Croatia's main hiking areas and national parks on the mainland, from the forested hills around Zagreb, to the roof of Croatia on the Bosnian border, and the national parks of Northern Velebit, Paklenica, Risnjak, UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes and more.



On balance, summer remains the most pleasant time to visit both Velebit and Gorski kotar, whereas the best times to visit the southern coastal ranges (Mosor and Biokovo) are spring and autumn.


Zagreb, Rijeka, Opatija, Delnice, Skrad, Fužine, Karlobag, Starigrad-Paklenica, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik and other coastal resorts


Routes range from short, easy walks to more challenging treks and mountain traverses.
Must See

Must See

Pazin castle and gorge, Premužićeva staza hiking trail through Velebit, Manita Peć (Paklenica National Park), Dinara (Croatia's highest peak at 1831m), waterfalls of Krka National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Biokovo traverse
6 Jun 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
  • Overview

    This guide describes 20 walks and 7 short treks in beautiful Croatia. Around half the routes focus on the striking limestone ranges of Gorski kotar and Velebit, which form part of the Dinaric Alps, but there are also routes in Dalmatia and on the Istrian peninsula, as well as four walks centred around the capital, Zagreb. They are easily accessible from the coastal resorts and main cities such as Zagreb, Rijeka and Split, and the guide includes advice on the most convenient bases.

    Showcasing Croatia's majestic scenery, the routes range from short, easy walks to more challenging treks and mountain traverses. Step-by-step route description is accompanied by clear mapping, and there are notes highlighting where refreshments are available on or near the trails. The treks make use of mountain huts and shelters, details of which are provided, although it is also possible to camp. The guide also includes information on local points of interest, fascinating overviews of Croatian history, plants and wildlife and a comprehensive English-Croatian glossary.

    Many routes take in the dramatic karst landscapes and peaks of Croatia's mountains; others explore the country's stunning national and nature parks – including the breathtaking UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes; yet more visit local attractions and highlights, such as Vrelo Cave and Pazin's castle and gorge. They are sure to inspire you to put on your boots and discover the many pleasures of Croatia's magnificent landscapes.

  • Contents

    Geography and geology
    Architecture, art and culture
    Wildlife and plants
    Getting to Croatia
    Getting around
    Food and drink
    Postal services and telecommunications
    Walking and trekking in Croatia
    What to do in an emergency
    Using this guide
    Part 1 Walks around Zagreb
    Route 1 Grafičar, Sljeme
    Route 2 Vrh Sljeme
    Route 3 Veternica Cave
    Route 4 Samoborsko gorje
    Part 2 Istria and the Opatija Riviera
    Route 5 Vrh Učka
    Route 6 Pazinska jama
    Part 3 Gorski kotar
    Risnjak National Park
    Route 7 Vrh Risnjak
    Route 8 River Kupa source
    Route 9 Risnjak, Snježnik and Hahlić trek
    Skrad and Fužine
    Route 10 Vražji prolaz (‘the devil’s throat’) and Zeleni vir
    Route 11 Burnji Bitoraj
    Route 12 Bajersko jezero and Vrelo cave
    Velika kapela
    Route 13 Bjelolasica, Bijele stijene and Samarske stijene trek
    Route 14 Klek
    Part 4 Velebit
    Northern Velebit National Park and Central Velebit
    Route 15 Mali Rajinac, Veliki Zavižan and Botanički vrt
    Route 16 Northern Velebit and Central Velebit trek
    Paklenica National Park and Southern Velebit
    Route 17 Anica kuk
    Route 18 Manita peć
    Route 19 Južni Velebit (southern Velebit) and Paklenica trek
    Part 5 The Dalmatian Hinterland
    Route 20 Dinara trek
    Route 21 Krka National Park
    Route 22 Plitvice Lakes National Park
    Part 6 Central Dalmatia
    Route 23 Mosor trek
    Route 24 Kozjak
    Route 25 Biokovo traverse trek
    Part 7 Southern Dalmatia
    Route 26 Sniježnica (Ilijin vrh)
    Route 27 Sveti Ilija (Pelješac)

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Gateway cities – Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Split
    Appendix C Useful contacts
    Appendix D Croatian language notes and glossary
    Appendix E Other hiking areas in Croatia
    Appendix F Further reading

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Rudolf Abraham

Rudolf Abraham is an award-winning travel writer and photographer specialising in Croatia, Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of over 10 books, and his work is published widely in magazines. He first visited Croatia in the late 1990s, returned to live in Zagreb for two years, and continues to make several trips a year to his favourite country in Europe.

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