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Climbing
1. Paklenica
The national park Paklenica is an iconic place of climbers „big wallers“ from all over Europe, so over thirty per cent of the park visitors are climbers. The about 350 meter of vertical rock Anića kuk, over 300 long and about 90 sports climbing direction with nests of griffon vultures and eagles, and the fabulously beautiful wild canyon make the „addiction“ of climber to Paklenica completely understandable.

The National park Paklenica is the most important Croatian climbing centre, known also outside of Croatian borders. A special charm to this climbing spot gives the vicinity of the sea shore, so the riviera of Paklenica is an ideal location for a combination of climbing and water sports. The history of rock-climbing in Paklenica begins as far back as 1938, and today there are over 360 equipped and arranged directions of various grades of difficulty and lengths so each climber may find something for his/her taste.

The main climbing season in Paklenica starts in spring and lasts until late in the autumn. For the holidays of the First of May – Labour day, there is a traditional gathering of a large number of climbers in Paklenica. Since 2000, a competition Big Wall Speed Climbing is held here or speed climbing of big rocks, the first competition of such type in the world. It is a connection of two climbing disciplines: speed climbing, which is usually done in short indoor directions on a artificial rock and on climbing big, vertical cliffs which imply climbing in pairs which takes several hours, and sometimes even days.

Beside the competition part, the climbing gatherings in Paklenica have their accompanying programme. So, there is a fair of outdoor equipment, numerous lecture, film projections of films on climbing and rock-climbing.

Tourist Association of the Zadar County
www.zadar.hr

Nacionalni park Paklenica
www.paklenica.hr


2. Omiš
The town on the river mouth of Cetina is recently becoming a gathering place of various "outdoor" athletes. Omiš is offering to climbers a rare possibility to climb literally above the roof tops of the town. About 40 short and four to five long directions of various grades of difficulty both from the left and the right bank of the Cetina river with a beautiful view of the sea and the town. As the city is right nearby, there are no problems with accommodation.

Briefly, everyone desiring an active holiday, should he/her decide to spend it in Omiš, is at the right place. Besides free climbing, the programme offers unforgettable rafting on the Cetina river, paragliding, diving, sailing, sand volley ball tennis etc. To conclude: in Omiš you may enjoy all the sports – on ground, in water and in the air.

Tourist Association of the Split and Dalmatia County
www.dalmatia.hr

Tourist Association of the City of Omiš
www.tz-omis.hr


3. Central Velebit
In the area of central Velebit, the site Ravni Dabar is a rock-climbing zone where sport climbing is permitted and though on the following rocks (kukovi):
-Visibaba/Agin kuk
- Čelina kuk
- Rujičin kuk

It is interesting to know that when the most favourable sites for sports climbing have been established, one has taken account that the rock-climbing activities have no negative impact on the richness and variety of flora and fauna (in the first place birds' nests). The area of endemic plant species is outside of or next to climbing directions.

This site is a potential climbing hit, and although a little bit off the road, it certainly deserves to be visited. There are about twenty long directions of middle grade difficulty. Dabarski kukovi are still „undiscovered“, so it is very likely that a climber in the most beautiful environment will be completely alone. For romantics, this is a must site for climbing. In the vicinity of the climbing site, on a beautiful location is the mountain lodge „Ravni Dabar“, and one may also find accommodation in Baške oštarije (the trekking huts Vila Velebita and Prpa and the camp Velebit).

Tourist Association of the Lika-Senj County
www.lickosenjska.com

Nature Park Velebit
www.pp-velebit.hr


4. Istra
Buzet with the legendary Raspadalica, Rovinj, Moščenička Draga, are the most beautiful climbing places in Istra. The basic characteristic of the Istrian climbing sites is their diversity, accessibility and good, high quality rock.

Until now, there are in total nine climbing sites arranged in Istria for sport climbing: Zlatni rt near Rovinj, Limski kanal, Dvigrad, Istarske toplice, Raspadalica above Buzet, Vranjska draga at the Učka tunnel, then a site near Pazin, Mošćenička draga, Vintijan near Pole and Rabac.

On nine climbs on the so called short rocks of twenty to thirty meters of height, there are 270 equipped climbs. On Istrian rocks, full of obstacles of all kinds, even top athletes but also beginners may get well tired.  What makes Istra so appropriate for this sport is that beside her beautiful preserved nature increasingly valued by freeclimbers, her rocks are mostly oriented southwards, so even in colder weather conditions one may climb in short sleeves.

Tourist Association of the Istra County
www.istra.hr


5. Split region
With about sixty beautiful, equipped directions on Marjan, where the first climbing competition ever in Europe was held, Split is probably the only city on earth where you can climb on a natural rock almost in the mere town centre, Beside Marjan, excellent climbing spots are in Trogir (about twenty directions in an interesting environment of red rock stalagmites) and Kozjak (about fifteen directions with a view of the bay of Kaštela).

Tourist Association of the Split and Dalmatia County
www.dalmatia.hr

Tourist Association of the town of Split
www.visitsplit.com
 
 

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