Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia’s most visited tourist attraction, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, presents 16 crystal clear lakes and hundreds of waterfalls encircled with a network of walking paths.

Overview:

Without a doubt Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s, and one of Europe's, most beautiful national parks. About a million people, the most of any Croatian park, visit here each year and with good reason. Situated in the mountainous Gorski Kotar region, the National Park covers almost 115 square miles of wooded area including 16 lakes. The cascading lakes are divided into 12 Upper and 4 Lower Lakes, all encircled with walking paths that lead through the woods, along the lakes, caves and mesmerizing seemingly never ending array of waterfalls that culminate with the Great Waterfall. The largest of hundreds of waterfalls, the Great Waterfall, tumbles the Korana River down a cliff of 255 feet and is the first site most visitors to the park see when coming from the main entrance.

The park was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 due the unique process of travertine barriers that are made by algae and moss calcification. These travertine barriers are made here faster then anywhere else in the world, and have created the fascinating stream of waterfalls around the park.

Plitvice Lakes are beautiful to visit any time of the year, but we recommend spring or fall to enjoy the milder temperatures and beautiful colors. A minimum 4-hour itinerary is recommended in the park, while nature lovers, photographers and hikers will spend up to two days traversing the beautiful park. The park is truly a stunning display of beauty of nature and to keep it this way we invite all guests to abide by the strict visiting laws to this protected area (no flower picking, no littering, no walking outside of paths, no swimming etc.).

Highlights:

  • Day tour of upper and lower lakes, including a boat ride
  • Adventure on the Korana River; while the Korana Canyon is the most protected part of the Plitvice Lakes, the river itself is 89 miles long and offers some of the best kayaking and rafting in the area. 
  • Rastoke, a 300-year-old mill village; located on the crossing of Slunjcica and Korana Rivers, the village is unbelievably scenic, featuring numerous waterfalls, old mills and houses, about 40 minutes drive from Plitvice Lakes.

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