National Park “Plitvička Jezera” National Park “Plitvička Jezera” is Croatia’s oldest and biggest park, located in the heart of Lika. With a total of sixteen big lakes and numerous smaller ones arranged in a cascade, this park is perfect for […]
National Park “Plitvička Jezera” is Croatia’s oldest and biggest park, located in the heart of Lika. With a total of sixteen big lakes and numerous smaller ones arranged in a cascade, this park is perfect for an all-day walking tour down the educational trails.
What makes Plitvice the geological treasure is its unique relief. Throughout the centuries, limestone was settled on the bottoms of the lakes and waterfalls, creating one-of-a-kind travertine barriers. As the travertine is constantly dissolving and being created, this process is very dynamic, and the bottoms of lakes are constantly changing. Vegetational barriers are another important factor in the shape of the lakes. Plants such as moss are slowing down the flow of water and are making the whole scenery much more attractive.
The park itself is a true wonder of nature and can be described as a whole little separate world. There are more than 600 animal and 1400 plant species recorded living in the area of the park. Walking through it, you can hear numerous birds chirping above you in the canopy and, if you look down into the water, you’ll see shoals of fish roaming around below wild ducks floating on the lake’s surface.
Plitvice was declared a national park in 1949 and was listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1979. Throughout that time, Plitvice was renovated to stand up to the standard of world-class national parks, with the primary goal of preserving the original ecosystem of the water and land habitats.
Plitvice has more than 10 restaurants and cafe bars, so you won’t stay hungry. Souvenir shops are at the beginning of the park and the end of it. Don’t forget to bring home a piece of this place (not literally, of course, this is a protected territory after all)! The complex involves four hotels and two camps in case you want to prolong your stay.
The best time to visit Plitvice is in the spring, just as everything is coming to life again. If you want to experience the lakes in a whole other light, winter is just the thing to be looking for. As the park is located right in the Dinaric Mountain massif, winters are almost always followed by snow, making Plitvice look like the place you can only hear about in the fairytales!
There are some other ways to explore the nature of this par other than walking. Bikes are very popular, together with kayaks. During the winter, skiing down the hills is also organized. The best way to capture every detail of Plitvice though is through walking tours as you’re free to roam around and can safely carry cameras and baggage. We have connected walking and boat tours so that you can get to know this beautiful place from every possible angle! For more info, contact us.Share this tour
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