Paklenica National Park is the closest one to Vir, located in the south part of Velebit and it takes a only a short drive to reach it. The Park area includes canyons of Little and Big Paklenica, karst landscapes of Velebit and thick forests on the slopes of Paklenica, which is not a common scene on the otherwise rocky and bare Adriatic side of Velebit. It is an ideal destination for all hiking enthusiasts since there is a mountain hut in the Park, as well as several shelters and various hiking trails. Paklenica is also a globally renowned free climbing destination with several spots, the most popular being Anića Kuk with several climbing routes. Another attraction is a bunker built during the Cold War tensions as a shelter for the political elite of the former country, but it has never been finished. Today the space is refurbished and opened for visitors, and it includes a bar, museum, souvenir shop and conference room. Interesting memory of past times exists in a form of “mirila”, unique stone memorials which were made on a way to a cemetery, when a stone was put on each side of a deceased person. Although deceased people were never buried where “mirila” were left standing, the location with “mirila” was always regarded more important as it was believed that the deceased person’s soul dwelled there.
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