Plitvice Lakes (Plitvička Jezera) is the largest National Park in Croatia, and was granted a UNESCO heritage status in 1979. The park is a haven for nature lovers, boasting every shade of green. Plitvice is nothing short of an oasis, featuring 16 lakes interconnected by waterfalls and is even home to bears, deers, wolves and other wildlife who live deep in the woodland.
As tempting as it is, visitors are not allowed to swim in the water due to the parks strict regulations to keep the lakes clean.
Ticket prices vary depending on the season. A ticket in the summer costs 180 Croatian Kuna ($25 USD / $35 AUS).
When To Go
Early in the morning once the park opens is the perfect time to beat the large crowds as the pathways are narrow and it can be difficult to overtake big groups. You can visit year round, with each season offering breathtaking scenery.
How To Get Around
To navigate the park you can follow 18km worth of pathways, catch the ferry across the largest lake, hire a rowboat and paddle up close to the waterfalls, and finish your day by taking the free train to the exit.
Where To Eat
There is a restaurant inside where you can buy some traditional Croatian food, as well as some convenience stores at the entrances and exits. I recommend bringing a packed lunch and having a lovely picnic by the lake.
How To Get There
The best place to base yourself for a visit is in the capital of Zagreb, or the coastal town of Zadar. Both are located a couple of hours from the park, making it possible to do a day trip. The drive is extremely scenic. The park also has accommodation options such as camping.
If you are in Croatia to sail the famous Dalmatian coastline, I would highly recommend heading inland for a day to explore this natural paradise on earth.
Have you been to Plitvice Lakes? Let me know in the comments below!