Veladrion is situated at the foot of Mount Velebit, at the mouth of the Gacka River and the Adriatic Sea. It is part of the Northern Velebit National Park, which makes it a special destination.
The value and beauty of Velebit’s nature has long been recognized. In 1978 Mount Velebit was added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves as part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB). Three years later the entire Velebit became a nature park. It includes two national parks - Paklenica National Park in the south, which was designated a national park in 1949, and Nothern Velebit National Park in the north, which became a national park a half-century later. Northern Velebit, founded in 1999, is the youngest of the eight national parks in Croatia. Velebit is a mosaic made up of the most diverse habitats that are home to many varieties of mushrooms and plant and animal life, the richness of which we have just begun discovering. This diversity of karst formations, wildlife and landscape, which is largely man-made, was the reason why Mount Velebit was designated a national park.