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Introduction to Croatian Rock Climbing

With Croatia being a mountainous country it is a rock climbers dream. Croatia can offer everything from multi-pitch traditional routes, sport climbing (single and multi-pitch) to deep water soloing (DWS) and bouldering on glorious limestone rock.

The map opposite shows the main rock climbing areas in Croatia, which are located close to either major cities or popular holiday resorts within Croatia.  These main rock climbing areas are as follows:

Paklenica is the most famous and best place to go rock climbing in Croatia, which is located close to Zadar. Paklenica offers the rock climber everything from single pitch bolted sport routes, to multi-pitch sport and traditional routes. The dramatic 350m high face known as Anica kuk emphasizes everything that is excellent about rock climbing in Paklenica.

Istria – this is the region in the north west of Croatia and includes the rock climbing around the popular holiday towns of Pazin, Pula and Rovinj. There are over 1,200 sport routes here, which are mainly single pitch. Close by there is also the excellent crag at Osp in Slovenia, and further climbing around Trieste in Italy. This comprehensive region has a good mix of grades to suit climbers of all abilities.

Map of the rock climbing areas in Croatia

Map of the rock climbing areas in Croatia Rock climbing and sport climbing in Zagreb Rock climbing and sport climbing in Istria including Pula Rock climbing and sport climbing in Kvarner and Rijeka Rock climbing and sport climbing in Paklenica Rock climbing and sport climbing in Split and Omis

Kvarner – this is the region to the south of Rijeka is the smallest climbing region in Croatia though there are some crags offering multi-pitch routes up to 220m long.

Split – this region also includes the rock climbing on the islands of Hvar, Brac & Vis, and offers over 1,200 mainly single pitch sport routes. Also at Omis there are some bolted multi-pitch routes up to 300m long.

To the West and North of the capital Zagreb there is a collection of crags mainly offering over 300 single pitch sport routes.

Accommodation for rock climbers in CroatiaThis web site is aimed at rock climbers, who are looking to visit Croatia and gives an overview of the different climbing areas within Croatia, details on flights to the country and accommodation suitable for rock climbers. The best time for climbing in Croatia is from autumn through to spring, though it is possible to climb all year round.

The photograph opposite was taken at Paklenica, which is at the heart of Croatian climbing. The photograph is of Mike Weeks taken at the annual International Alpine Big Wall speed climbing Meeting, held at the end of April and beginning of May.

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