Plitvice Lakes National Park is, without no doubts, the most beautiful park in Croatia. And is a must for all those who visit the country. Doesn’t matter in which season are you visiting Croatia, you can always stop at Plitvice Lakes and discover a whole new world.
For those traveling to Dalmatia, or to the south of Croatia, the park is on the way, so it is possible to visit it during this transfer. Plitvice Lakes are located in the region of Lika. About 2 hours drive from Zagreb, the capital of the country; and 1h30 from Zadar, on the coast.
The park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. It has more than 290 square kilometers of protected area. But the main attraction is definitely its natural formation in waterfalls.
There are 16 lakes; 12 upper and 4 lower. All interconnected as if they were a ladder; giving the impression of a magical land, surrounded by lots of water and green – if you come in summer, of course. Those who visit the park during winter will have the chance to see it almost completely frozen; a very idyllic, “Frozen” view. Every season in the national park it’s different. But it is always stunning and the water always has all shades of blue, green, turquoise and gray.
The largest waterfall in the park (Veliki Slap) is 78 meters high. And the second largest (Galovački Buk) is 25 meters high. Besides the waterfalls, the park has thousands of species of trees, insects, fish, and animals in general. Even bears live in the protected area of Plitvice, but of course, they stay away from the touristic routes.
The infrastructure of the park is great. On the most common route that lasts approximately 3 hours, there are 3 points with toilet, cafes and ice cream. In addition to these points, there is a very large area with tables and benches for picnics, where you can also buy snacks, ice cream, drinks, and souvenirs.
MarzitoTip: To not depend on these strategic points. We recommend that you take your own water bottle and even some snacks, such as a fruit or cereal bar, to make your tour more enjoyable.
To preserve the ecosystem, swimming is not allowed in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. But if you want to take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Croatian National Parks, you can also visit the Krka National Park. Krka is near the city of Split, already on the Dalmatian coast. Marzito organizes private tours to the national park from Split and even from other cities.