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Plitvice Lakes National Park
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
Cruises to Plitvice Lake
OPATIJA - RAB ISLAND - ZADAR - PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK - LOSINJ - CRES ISLAND - OPATIJA7 DaysFrom £1,495 PPExplore the best of undiscovered Croatian from elegant Opatija, discovering the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy a highly personalised service, delicious onboard meals and a selection of guided tours and gastronomic experiences. Visit the chic and lush unspoilt Kvarner islands in ultimate style & luxury.
Twin & Multi-Centre Holidays to Plitvice Lakes
Zagreb - Plitvice National Park - Opatija - Istria - Zagreb7 DaysFrom £1,195 PP2 nights in historic Zagreb, 2 nights in spectacular Plitvice Lakes & 3 nights in elegant Opatija, staying in 4 & 5-star hotels. This itinerary includes UK flights, private transfers, a private tour of Zagreb & wine tasting and a visit to the Motovun hilltop village.
Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes National Park - Opatija - Rovinj7 Days, 10 Days, 14 DaysFrom £1,195 PP2 nights in historic Zagreb, 2 nights in elegant Opatija & 3 nights in charming Rovinj, staying in 4 & 5-star hotels. This itinerary includes UK flights, private transfers & wine tasting and a visit to the Groznjan and Motovun hilltop villages.
Pula - Opatija - Plitvice Lakes National Park - Rovinj - Pula7 Days , 10 Days , 14 DaysFrom £1,395 PPEscape the crowds and discover the best of Istria on this fantastic 2-centre holiday staying in 4 or 5-star hotels in both delightful towns – Opatija and Rovinj. These beautiful coastal resorts on the Istrian Peninsula are among Croatia’s most treasured jewels – with a pretty coast and glittering blue waters, steeped in history. Inland, there are a diverse collection of charming towns – from lush interior wilds dotted with hilltop villages and quaint converted farmhouse hotels.
Things to do in Plitvice Lakes
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.
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.
Restaurant in Plitvice Lakes
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
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