If you want to relax in real nature, enjoying the greenery and the sound of the waterfall, Plitvice are the right place for you. This unique gift of nature is located in Croatia, and it is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO register among the first natural sites worldwide since 1979.
This National park represents the protected area that extends over 296.85 square kilometers (73.350 acres).
It consists of 16 lakes, which are the result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are divided into 12 Upper, from which sparkling water cascades and waterfalls spilling into four Lower lakes. Here is the largest waterfall in Croatia, which is 78 meters high. The first of Upper lakes is Kozjak, the largest and deepest of the lakes, at a depth of 47 meters. Over time, water changes its course, leaving some barriers dry but encouraging growth of travertine elsewhere. This phenomenon provides a sense that Plitvice lakes are never the same.
Plitvice Lakes National Park are not only rich in water and forests, there are a large number of animal species: birds, butterflies and wildlife, which includes the brown bear, lynx and wolf.
Things to do
There are few panoramic terraces, in the area of the Lower lakes, which offer a magnificent view of the lakes. Try wearing good shoes sport as there is lot of walking and lot of stairs as you have to go down and climb up. Hunting, fishing and swimming are not allowed. The experience of a long walk in the park completes the driving electric boat and train.
The best time to visit the lake is from mid-April to late October, and then you can best enjoy this inestimable gift of nature. When you buy a ticket, you have the half-day programs (lasting 3-4 hours) and full-day programs (lasting 5-6 hours). The ticket includes the use of a panoramic train and electric boat within the chosen program.
How to get there
The nearest airports are Zadar, Zagreb and Rijeka. From Zagreb the Lakes can be reach through the highway A1 Zagreb – Split – Dubrovnik. Using public transport, the lakes can easily be reached by direct bus lines from Zagreb, Karlovac, Zadar or Split. Aso, there are many organized tours which depart from the larger cities in Croatia.
Plitvice Lakes National Park will fascinate every visitor with its blue-green color, and each new visit will be an unforgettable experience of nature, beauty and strength! Take a tour and find out why Plitvice is described in numerous international media as a natural jewel that everyone should see at least once in life.