Via Dinarica – an inherently connecting trail
The highest and most interesting Croatian mountains belong to the Dinaric Alps. The Dinaric Alps or Dinarides is a mountain chain formed through an orogenic process in south-eastern Europe. This jagged mountain range stretches all the way from Slovenia, across Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, to Kosovo and Albania.
Via Dinarica is a trail intended for hikers, cyclists and other excursionists visiting Dinarides as tourists. It acts also as a platform to develop and improve living and working conditions for the inhabitants of the Dinarides. Besides hiking activities, one of the main objectives of the project is to promote local economy and thus bring local food, accommodation, various services and other closer to tourists.
The Via Dinarica trail consists of three main directions (corridors) – three parallel sections. The blue line follows the Adriatic coast and links the littoral range of Dinaric mountains; the white line covers the high Dinarides; and the green line refers to the continental Dinarides. In Croatia, Via Dinarica passes next to six national parks (Risnjak, Northern Velebit, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Mljet), four nature parks (Učka, Velebit, Vransko Lake, Biokovo) and two strict nature reserves (White and Samarske Rocks and Rožanski and Hajdučki kukovi on the mountain of Velebit).
Via Dinarica – The White Line
By touring the White Line of Via Dinarica longitudinally, all interested visitors are able to explore various natural values of Croatian mountains. When following the layout of the Dinarides, it is visible that the White Line links the most attractive Croatian mountains, peaks and viewpoints, using the infrastructure of the most popular hiking tours of Croatia (Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail, Kapela Hiking Trail, Velebit Hiking Trail).
The White Line reaches its highest point on the mountain of Dinara, the highest peak of Croatia, and also the mountain the Dinarides and the Via Dinarica trail were named after.
The White Line is recommended to experienced and well equipped hikers. The best time of year to visit the trail is summer, as trail sections in the region of Gorski kotar, the peak area of Velebit and the mountain of Dinara are covered in snow in winter, with snow sometimes lingering in the area until late spring.
Via Dinarica – The Blue Line
The Blue Line of Via Dinarica provides an opportunity to explore the Croatian part of the Adriatic. The part of the trail that passes through Croatia links four picturesque Croatian islands (Krk, Rab, Pag, Mljet), two largest peninsulas (Istria and Pelješac), three national parks (Paklenica, Krka, Mljet) and four nature parks (Učka, Velebit, Vransko Lake, Biokovo). It also descends into the canyons of the most beautiful littoral rivers (Zrmanja, Cetina), passes across the longest Croatian bridges (Krčki bridge, Paški bridge, Šibenski bridge) and moves through fertile karst fields and many important sites of Croatian history.
Except for the trail section in the Biokovo Nature Park, the Blue Line of Via Dinarica has no demanding or challenging sections, and it is ideal for cycling tours.
Via Dinarica – Green Line
The Green Line of Via Dinarica is an extraordinary opportunity to get swept off your feet by the unspoiled beauty of green landscape taking a longitudinal tour of the continental area of the Dinarides. In Croatia, the Green Line links the picturesque corners of Gorski kotar with interesting and little known areas in the region of Lika, from the city of Ogulin to Ličko Petrovo Selo. An especially charming part of the Via Dinarica Green Line are mountain watercourses that create attractive canyons with numerous waterfalls and other hydrological phenomena on their way to the Sava River.
This line also connects two biggest Croatian waterfalls – the waterfall of the Curak creek at Zeleni Vir and the waterfall of Plitvice at Plitvice Lakes. There are no demanding or very challenging sections of the Green Line, and the longitudinal tour allows visitors to explore diverse mountain areas still unknown to many.