Plitvice Lakes
Central Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Lijep, bellissimo, indah, beau, pragtige... Croatia’s oldest national park is beautiful in any language. Its 16 terraced lakes are strung together like liquid pearls and interconnected by more than 90 glittering waterfalls. Add in forested travertine cliffs, caves and caverns, lush meadows, and bubbling streams, and it’s easy to see why Plitvice Lakes National Park is considered one of the most gorgeous parks on the planet. The luminescent lakes are visibly teeming with trout and other types of fish. The Park is also home to dozens of species of colorful birds and butterflies, deer, boar, rabbits, and badgers. Resident predators include brown bears, lynx, wildcats and wolves, but they prefer to occupy the mountains, staying literally, off-the-beaten-path.

Blue and green lakes

It’s important to know that as a protected land and UNESCO World Heritage Site, neither fishing nor swimming is permitted, but you can hire a small row boat. You can also explore this wonderful natural phenomenon by walking along the boardwalks, hiking trails and lakeside paths, from within the lakes by electric boat, or by the electric train which yeilds panoramic views. The clusters of lakes, which range in color from azure to aquamarine, sit at different altitudes and are grouped and referred as the Upper and Lower Lakes. A shuttle bus runs between them. There are two main entrances to the park – Entrance 1, at the north end just above the Lower Lakes, and Entrance 2 at the south, next to the Upper Lakes.

Plitvice Lakes in winter

It’s important to know that as a protected land and UNESCO World Heritage Site, neither fishing nor swimming is permitted, but you can hire a small row boat. You can also explore this wonderful natural phenomenon by walking along the boardwalks, hiking trails and lakeside paths, from within the lakes by electric boat, or by the electric train which yeilds panoramic views. The clusters of lakes, which range in color from azure to aquamarine, sit at different altitudes and are grouped and referred as the Upper and Lower Lakes. A shuttle bus runs between them. There are two main entrances to the park – Entrance 1, at the north end just above the Lower Lakes, and Entrance 2 at the south, next to the Upper Lakes.

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