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.
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