Velebit Mountains

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Imagine starting the day gliding over the clear waters of the Adriatic in search of rare dolphins, lunching on a turquoise sea, and then venturing into rugged mountains in search of brown bears at sunset. Your day of adventure finishes around a camp fire, sharing stories and enjoying local hospitality and cuisine. This is all possible in Croatia's Velebit Mountains.

Discover Croatia's magic

Imagine starting the day gliding over the clear waters of the Adriatic in search of rare dolphins, lunching on a turquoise sea, and then venturing into rugged mountains in search of brown bears at sunset. Your day of adventure finishes around a camp fire, sharing stories and enjoying local hospitality and cuisine. This is all possible in Croatia’s Velebit Mountains.

Stretching from the edge of the Adriatic Sea to peaks of 1750 metres, the stunning Velebit region is covered by beech and pine forests, underground canyons, caves and waterfalls. These habitats are home to some of Europe’s most rare and elusive wildlife, including Balkan chamois, red deer, brown bear, wolf and lynx.

Over 100 bird species will keep most enthusiasts happy too, including golden eagles, peregrine falcon, capercaillie and white-backed woodpecker.

Explore the Velebit’s vast landscapes on foot or horseback, by boat or kayak, on a mountain bike or in a 4x4. New wildlife watching hides offer travellers the chance to see some of the remote mountain animals like bear, wolf, deer or wild boar in their natural environment.

What are you waiting to discover some of Croatia’s most beautiful, undiscovered and fascinating areas?

Rewilding efforts


Due to the huge growth in coastal tourism in Croatia over the last 10-15 years, many local inhabitants have moved out of the Velebit area towards the coast. As a result, many areas of this beautiful region are now characterised by land abandonment, rural exodus and fading cultural tradition. Rewilding Europe is working with local partners to transform these challenges into opportunities. This has seen the establishment of the 23,000-hectare Velebit Nature Reserve. 

A new wildlife watching venture saw the construction and opening of two wildlife hides in this reserve in 2016. These will benefit the local community through job opportunities and boosted tourism income. They represent the first step in developing the area’s vast potential as a sustainable nature tourism destination.

Two unique forests in the Rewilding Velebit area were recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Rewilding Europe is working to promote this model across Europe.

Read more about our work in the Velebit Mountains here