Paklenica is the common name of two canyons (Velika and Mala Paklenica) with 400m high cliffs, rising from the sea to the highest peaks and stretching vertically on the direction of the mountain. On the touching point of the sea and the mountain, in vertically cut in and deep canyons of a foothill valley tracing the line of the main ridge of Velebit, there are numerous interesting and extraordinary natural phenomena. Primeval nature stirs up curiosity and animates visitors. NP Paklenica is the most famous Alpinist centre known even outside Croatia.
In 1949, it was proclaimed National Park. Nowadays, National Park Paklenica is one of the most attractive natural, scientific and touristic areas in north-eastern Mediterranean. Rich and diverse flora and fauna (many endemic species, griffon vulture), many Karst phenomena (Manita peć), as well as rich sports offer (free climbing, trekking, picnic excursions to forester's cottage "Lugarnica", a tour around the mill and learning about the principles of its functioning) attract more and more visitors.