The national Park Paklenica covers the most attractive parts of Southern Velebit, located at Starigrad, not far from Zadar. It is concentrated in a mere 96 km2. 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) – between 15°23’ and 15°35’ east geographical longitude and between 44°18’ and 44°25’ north geographical latitude.

It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, gouged into the mountain from the sea to beneath Velebit’s highest peaks. The park abounds in bizarre karstic forms, caves and other natural features, and the wide range of climatic conditions has benefited the wide diversity of flora and fauna. The great diversity of flora is reflected in the list of 1,000 plant species and subspecies recorded to date, 79 of them endemic. It was proclaimed a national park in 1949. Despite its wilderness nature, Paklenica is easily accessible due to the proximity of the Adriatic Tourist Road and the highway. The vistas of Velebit rising above the resort of Starigrad-Paklenica, which are at once intimidating and alluring, beckon to those tourists seeking light hearted adventure.