Every year, over a million people visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the largest national park in Croatia and the oldest national park in Southeast Europe. There are many remarkable national parks in the world, but why does this particular place chosen by so many nature-lovers as their destination? What makes this park arguably one of the best in the world? For this feature, we’ll tell you some of the most important things to know about this national park—a bit of history, some facts, and important things to do and see.
Two of the many things that this place is famous for is the abundance of beautiful waterfalls and lakes. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is home to stunning interlinked lakes (which are between Mala Kapela and Pljesevica mountains): the lower lakes lying on limestone bedrock and the upper lakes lying in a dolomite valley.
Be in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 1969, this Croatian attraction was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In between the aforementioned lakes and waterfalls are caves and remarkable flora and fauna—beautiful woodlands, wildlife like bears, birds, deer, and wolves, as well as different kinds of trees like fir and spruce. Now that you already have an idea on what makes this a famous and loved place, here are some of the things that you can see and do here:
You can visit the part at any time of the year. There’s a small entrance fee charged before you go exploring (this is to continue protecting and maintaining the beauty for the park, so shelling out a few kunas won’t hurt). There are also available guided tours for different languages such as English, French, Italian, Spanish, etc.
Be prepared to do a lot of walking.
This will be an excellent type of walk, however. By hiking, you will be immersed in an environment so breathtaking that you will definitely forget about getting tired. Just look at these photos and understand why:
There are many hiking options to choose from, depending on how you long you want to explore. Both short and long hikes are available. Another great thing about visiting this park is that it looks exceptional in all days of the year, with different colors and hues for every season. The paths are excellently paved as well, so even if it’s your first time to go hiking, you will not have a hard time. It’s advisable that you stay in this park for more than half a day because you would want to see this park slowly, immersing yourself in the vast and rich wilderness won’t be fun if you’re in a hurry.
Tempted to swim? Sorry.
The lakes may appear so wonderful; the clear and blue waters just calling you out to just take a dip and feel awesome. Well…unfortunately you can’t do it. To preserve the beauty and cleanliness of the lakes in this national park, swimming is not allowed. It sure is tempting to just jump right in there and float for hours, but this is just not possible here. Swimming or any kind of water activity is prohibited.