Rarely does nature provide so much pleasure to humans as at the Plitvice Lakes. The coherency of water, greenery, and stone will simply enchant everyone. The Plitvice Lakes is described as the natural jewel in world media. The lakes are a natural phenomenon of unique beauty. They constantly change color from turquoise to green and compose a unique symphony of playful sounds.
Plitvice Lakes is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. They are located approximately halfway between the capital of Zagreb and Zadar on the coast. It was declared a national park in 1949. Its beauty was so irresistible that UNESCO included it on its list of world heritage sites as one of the top natural attractions on this esteemed list. Plitvice Lakes is the largest and the most visited of Croatian national parks. It consists of 16 lakes. Divided into upper, from which the waters cross the sparkling cascades and waterfalls and spill into the lower lakes. The upper lakes are larger and deeper, while the lower ones are smaller and shallow, formed on the limestone base.
Like a fairy tale world
When you enter the park, it is as if you had entered into a wondrous land. It is a world of extraordinary beauty of untouched nature. The richness of flora and fauna, waterfalls, lakes, trees, and numerous wild animals, such as – wild boars, martens, wolves, roe deer, deer, wild cats, otters, and of course, the brown bear, as a crown of the Plitvice animal kingdom. Over 160 species of birds and 20 species of bats, which live in various habitats, holes, and caves, are found in the park.
When you pass through the park you feel peace, welfare, freedom, and stability. However, Plitvice Lakes is not only rich with water but also a forest, which inhabits all three of the biggest predators of Europe – brown bear, bobcat, and wolf. The forests are rich in endemic plants of these areas of Europe. Endemic species in the Plitvice Lakes are only part of the rich population of plant species. The beauty of this national park is difficult to describe in this way.
Sightseeing in the Plitvice Lakes
The most attractive part of the national park extends into the eight-kilometer-long area of lakes and waterfalls where there is the attractive part of the national park extends into the eight-kilometer-long area of lakes and waterfalls where there are the best landscaped tourist tracks. Kilometers of a network of wooden bridges and paths allow for close contact with the waterfalls and lakes. In order to visit the narrowest belt of the national park, visitors need many days. Therefore the park offers elaborate variations of the tour, depending on the time that is available to the tourists.
If you ever visit the Plitvice Lakes, it will surely astound you with its beauty, and you will have an unforgettable experience. Plitvice Lakes can most certainly be placed side by side of the most beautiful natural riches of the world. And it would be such a loss not to visit them, even for a short while, if you ever take a trip to Croatia. Plitvice Lakes should surely be on your Croatia “bucket list”.
When is the best time to visit Plitvice Lakes?
If you decide to visit Plitvice Lakes, the first dilemma is, will you visit them in the summer or winter time? The best answer is – both. This amazing place you can visit at any time of the year. Every season is special and magical. Spring and summer time will reward you with an abundance of greenery, water, and waterfalls. In the fall you can see the magic and rich colors of the park, and also you can enjoy it without big tourist crowds. And winter has its charms. Frozen waterfalls and lakes and a shroud of white snow are certainly good enough reasons to visit, and the map is slightly cheaper.
Plitvice Lakes are, after Dubrovnik, the second most popular tourist destination in Croatia. Therefore, it is understandable that during the summer there are the huge crowds waiting in line to enter the park. And after that, a crowd of people on the tracks. All of this can spoil your experience. The park is best visited in spring or late summer when the weather is still good and sunny, and there are not so many crowds like the one in the middle of the summer season.
Ticket prices depend on the time period of the year so that for tickets out of season, i.e., from November to March, you’ll pay less. Students, children, and groups can receive certain discounts. The park is open daily, including Sundays and holidays.
Some tips for your visit to Plitvice Lakes
- Inform yourself before you visit Plitvice Lakes.
- Come early to avoid the crowds.
- Take a bag with sun cream, water, and food.
- Put on practical shoes.
- Do not rush, enjoy your own pace.
Accommodation at Plitvice Lakes
Near and within the national park there are many accommodation units. You can settle in hotels, campgrounds, villas, holiday homes, or apartments. Near the park, there are numerous cities and places where you can have accommodations in numerous households that offer private accommodations in the beautiful surroundings of the forests in Lika. If you want to save and enjoy a more intimate setting, this type of accommodation is ideal for you. If you ever look for accommodations at Plitvice and you do not have a car, make sure that the accommodation is near the entrance to the park. Of course, that’s just part of what Plitvice Lakes and its surroundings offer, so for a more detailed search for accommodations at Plitvice Lakes, you can also use our search engine at Visitteo.