Clambering over the top of a stark white cliff onto rich green grass, you turn to look out over the smooth waters of the Adriatic. A beautiful view and what a sense of achievement!

That’s the promise of the Paklenica National Park, where a spectacular limestone landscape tumbles down to an equally beautiful coast. Climbers from around the world trek to this wilderness that’s far and away the top mountaineering destination in Croatia. Between ascents, you can explore a huge network of hiking trails, delve into spectacular caves and encounter exciting wildlife.

Paklenica National Park should be on the itinerary of any adventure traveller heading to Croatia this summer, and if you’ve never tried climbing, it’s the perfect beginner’s playground.