National park Plitvice Lakes

Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park is a natural beauty spot and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s the country’s oldest and largest national park. The sprawling nature reserve covers 295sq km and is conveniently situated mid-way between the historic cities of Zagreb and Zadar. The popular tourist attraction is one of the most beautiful National Parks in Eastern Europe, and welcomes an estimated 1.2 million visitors through its gates every year. The magnificent limestone canyon-facing Veliki Slap waterfall measures an impressive 78 metres in height, and is definitely the park’s landmark centrepiece.

During the civil war of 1991, the rebel Serbs used the parkland as a base for their headquarters. After the war ended it took four years for the land to become reestablished as a park reserve. Today, Plitvice Lakes is Croatia’s top tourist attraction and boasts a stunning network of 16 interconnected terraced lakes, 90 cascading waterfalls and beautiful woodlands and forests. The park’s large expanses of jewel-like emerald, azure, turquoise and aquamarine waters are encircled by an endless wooden boardwalk that winds around the shimmering water’s edge. The stunning colours of the crystal clear water are due to the natural mineral composition.

If you’re a nature or animal lover, you will easily view Plitvice Lakes as an idyllic paradise. As you explore the breathtaking natural scenery, look out for the indigenous deer, bears, wolves and rare bird species. To fully explore and appreciate the wonderland, it’s recommended that you allow 3-4 hours to get around the landmark attractions on foot. Pack a picnic and find the perfect scenic spot for a lunch break. Whilst it’s prohibited to swim in the lakes, you can still explore the water by hiring a boat to sail across Lake Kozjak. The UNESCO World Heritage site features exceptional photo opportunities everywhere that you look.

Plitvice Lakes At A Glance

How to get there: You can drive or we can organise a private transfer from Zagreb, Split, Sibenik and Zadar to take you there.

What to See at the Plitvice Lakes: 16 natural lakes, 6 beautiful waterfalls and cascades, walk one of the seven different hiking trails, spot the wildlife living in the national park.

Towns or islands to visit near Dubrovnik: Zagreb, Split, Sibenik, Zadar

 

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Things to do in Plitvice Lakes

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    The UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s most visited tourist attractions, year in and year out. The nature reserve covers 295sq-kms, and is home to indigenous deer, bears, wolves and rare birds. Follow the winding wooden walkways and hiking trails to discover spectacular water features. The 16 terraced lakes are interconnected, and tumble and cascade from one into another. The star of the show is undoubtedly the 78-metres high Veliki Slap waterfall.

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    Take to the water to experience the beauty and tranquility of Plitvice Lakes National Park from a unique perspective. You can hire a little wooden rowing boat from the kiosk at the lakeside. Navigate your way across the upper and lower lakes that are interconnected by streams and waterfalls. As you coast along, you can admire the lush forestry and plants. Although the jewel coloured water looks inviting, swimming in the lakes is strictly prohibited.

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  • Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, Unforgettable Croatia

    Explore The Network Of Lakes And Waterfalls

    The UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s most visited tourist attractions, year in and year out. The nature reserve covers 295sq-kms, and is home to indigenous deer, bears, wolves and rare birds. Follow the winding wooden walkways and hiking trails to discover spectacular water features. The 16 terraced lakes are interconnected, and tumble and cascade from one into another. The star of the show is undoubtedly the 78-metres high Veliki Slap waterfall.

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    The UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s most visited tourist attractions, year in and year out. The nature reserve covers 295sq-kms, and is home to indigenous deer, bears, wolves and rare birds. Follow the winding wooden walkways and hiking trails to discover spectacular water features. The 16 terraced lakes are interconnected, and tumble and cascade from one into another. The star of the show is undoubtedly the 78-metres high Veliki Slap waterfall.

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    Take to the water to experience the beauty and tranquility of Plitvice Lakes National Park from a unique perspective. You can hire a little wooden rowing boat from the kiosk at the lakeside. Navigate your way across the upper and lower lakes that are interconnected by streams and waterfalls. As you coast along, you can admire the lush forestry and plants. Although the jewel coloured water looks inviting, swimming in the lakes is strictly prohibited.

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  • Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, Unforgettable Croatia

    Enjoy An Adventure On The Water

    Take to the water to experience the beauty and tranquility of Plitvice Lakes National Park from a unique perspective. You can hire a little wooden rowing boat from the kiosk at the lakeside. Navigate your way across the upper and lower lakes that are interconnected by streams and waterfalls. As you coast along, you can admire the lush forestry and plants. Although the jewel coloured water looks inviting, swimming in the lakes is strictly prohibited.

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Restaurant in Plitvice Lakes

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    After visiting the Plitvice Lakes, stop here to try a selection of Italian-style dishes, freshly made pizza and mouthwatering cakes.

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  • Restaurant Degenija, Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, Unforgettable Croatia

    Restaurant Degenija

    After visiting the Plitvice Lakes, stop here to try a selection of Italian-style dishes, freshly made pizza and mouthwatering cakes.

Hotels in Plitvcie Lakes

  • Hotel Degenija, Plitvice Lakes

    Book your holiday in Croatia at four-star Hotel Degenija, conveniently located just 4 kilometers from National Park Plitvice Lakes in the village of Seliste Dreznicko. This new, family-run hotel has been built in an alpine lodge style and offers a[...]