At CIYC we are a big fan of National Parks, Croatia’s Institute of Nature Protection manages a number of National and Regional designations for the Croatian Government. Perhaps most prominent of these are the ‘National Parks’ a designation made by the Croatian Parliament to preserve and areas original value of natural, scientific, cultural, educational and recreational resources.

To date there are eight National Parks designated, of which 4 are accessibly from the sea (by yacht etc) including Kornati, Mljet, Brijuni Otocii (Istria) and of course Krka, accessible up stream by river from Sibenik. Most national parks are well organised businesses with rangers, visitor centres, restaurants and even hotels near by. As a result they tend to charge entrance fees to visitors (or visiting yachts) to help up keep the cost of the administration and staff.

Croatia’s National Parks

The designation of a Nature Park, is subtly different from that of a National Park, though both are declared through the action of Croatia’s National Parliament. Nature Parks are listed for protection of biological and landscape diversity, educational, cultural, historical, tourist and recreational purposes. Nature Parks seem to be designated more especially for their bio diversity and the unique features (climate, geology etc) that helps that biodiversity to thrive.

There are 11 Nature Parks declared in Croatia, of which it is possible to visit 6 from the sea (by yacht) including Lastovo and Telascica. Unlike National Parks these sites seem to have fewer amenities and services and often (though not exclusively) do not charge an entrance fee, have no visitor’s centre or designated restaurants. Experience suggests these sites often provide a quieter, attracting fewer organised tourist visits, they are less managed as a visitor experience and in fact it is possible you may find yourself in a nature park without realising that the place you have visited was designated as such.

Croatia’s Nature Parks