Plitvice Lakes National Park Holidays & Tours

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.

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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.

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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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    Visit the Breathtaking Waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes

    Plitvice Lakes is not only home to 16 stunning lakes with remarkable clarity and surreal hues ranging from deep emerald to brilliant turquoise but also dozens of waterfalls. There are over 90 waterfalls cascading above and below ground, laced between the lakes with scenic trails winding through for nearly endless Instagrammable views. The highest is the Great Waterfall, (officially Veliki slap), plunging over 255 feet at the end of the Lower Lakes section.

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    Explore the Park by Rowboat

    While swimming in the pristine lakes at Plitvice is prohibited to keep them in their breathtakingly unspoiled state, it is possible to rent a wooden rowboat to explore Lake Kozjak, the park’s largest lake. Available right at the dock during the warmer months of the year, rowing is the perfect way to enjoy a tranquil perspective of the park from the water, including the forested shoreline, lush vegetation, and small waterfalls.

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Best time to visit Plitvice Lakes

Nestled in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, Plitvice Lakes can be visited year-round, but some months are better than others. July and August are the busiest and warmest months, but the upside is the long days with plenty of daylight. The park is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. with early mornings and late afternoons/ evenings less crowded. The best time to visit Plitvice Lakes is arguably mid-April through May and mid-September through mid-October when the weather is pleasantly warm, and the crowds are thinner. Winter can be enchanting, but some trails and areas of the park may be closed.

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