National park Paklenica
The Paklenica karst river canyon is a national park in Croatia. It is located in Starigrad, northern Dalmatia, at the southern slopes of Velebit mountain, not far from Zadar. It has two canyons: Mala (Small) and Velika (Big) Paklenica. Today there is no water flowing throughout Mala Paklenica. Near the entrance into the Velika Paklenica there is an artificial basement/cave complex that had been built for Josip Broz Tito during the tension between Yugoslavia and the USSR in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
The Paklenica karst river canyon is a national park in Croatia. It is located in Starigrad, northern ...
Paklenica is the common name of two deep canyons (Velika and Mala Paklenica) gouged into the mountain...
175m long Manita peć cave, part of a National park Paklenica. Second of the two halls inside the cave.
175m long Manita peć cave, part of a National park Paklenica. First of two halls inside the cave.
In front of the Manita peć cave, part of a National park Pakelnica. Viewpoint overlooking the velika ...
The south side of the highest peak of Velebit mountain(1757m), part of the National park Paklenica in...
The highest peak of Velebit mountain(1757m) in Croatia, part of the National park Paklenica.
The Liburnija peak(1705m), Velebit mountain in Croatia, part of a National park Paklenica. Beautiful ...
A mountain refuge on the small high plateau of Struge, 1400 meters above sea level, in the heart of t...
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