Paklenica National Park is the most visited climbing center in Croatia, also popular outside Croatia. The close proximity of seawater gives this climbing site a special charm, making Paklenica Riviera an ideal place to combine climbing and water sports.
Today, there are about 500 well-equipped marked routes of different difficulty and length (from grade 3 to 8b+), set in the carbonate rocks, so each climber can find something to his/her liking.
Most short sport climbing routes are situated in Klanci, the narrowest part of the Velika Paklenica canyon. The routes are easily accessible and therefore suitable for climbers with small children.
Crljenica sector is most suitable and especially interesting for climbing in winter.
The most famous rock for climbing in Paklenica is Anića kuk, with various routes up to 350 meters long – from unequipped and aid routes to modern, long, sport routes.
Many other long routes in the rocks of Debeli kuk, Veliki ćuk, Kuk od Skradelin and Kukovi ispod Vlake are also attractive for climbers.
The routes in Paklenica differ in terms of their equipment. Older routes are equipped with pitons and recent ones with spits.
The main climbing season in Paklenica begins in spring and lasts until late autumn.
Many climbers gather here around May 1st, for the International Climbers’ Meeting, and they take part in various events and competitions.
- A useful option for climbers might be the 3-day and 5-day tickets available to purchase, as well as annual entrance tickets for Paklenica National Park.
- Public institution Paklenica National Park ensures that the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service members are available at the climbing site on a daily basis during July and August, as well as during long weekends in other months (for Easter, Labour Day, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Pentecost, National Day of the Republic of Croatia and All Saints Day).