Between the cities of Zagreb and Zadar lies Plitvice National Park, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes National Park was given UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1979. The most stunning part of the park is the set of Plitvice Lakes, which are sixteen gorgeous pools of water connected to each other through waterfalls. These lakes are set in the picture-perfect backdrop of Croatia’s trademark undisturbed natural beauty: woodlands filled to the brim with wild animal and plant species envelop the pools of water, making for an immensely enchanting area to explore. Plitvice Lakes National Park consequently comes recommended to all who make it to Plitvice Croatia.
Visitors to the Plitvice Lakes tend to split the waters into two separate entities: the Upper Lakes and the Lower Lakes. The Upper Lakes are surrounded by rugged natural scenery; they’re favored by those who like to spend their days wandering around. The Lower Lakes, meanwhile, hold caves and grottoes aplenty, as the lakes are surrounding by steep-faced cliffs, and make for great adventurous exploration. While its not possible to swim in either the Lower or Upper Plitvice Lakes, there remains a wealth of things to do and see at this popular tourist destination in Croatia.
The unusual topography of the Plitvice National Park area is characterized by the formation of karst rock. While karst rock is found across the world, such as in the Burren of western Ireland, instances of karst accompanied by pools of water are less common, making the Plitvice Lakes something of a geographical and topographical rarity.
For vacationers wanting to see this fascinating phenomenon, Plitcive Croatia is not too difficult to reach, though it is a little detached from Croatia’s main city hubs such as Split and Zagreb. Bus services connect it with these cities; if you’d rather make your own way there, car rentals are affordable in Croatia, and the drive to the lakes is certainly magnificent.
Once you arrive, there are plenty of tourist provisions on offer. Accommodation comes in the form of three hotels and a handful of guesthouses that are attached to Plitvice Croatia; there’s also a campsite for those who prefer to stay outdoors. Drinking and dining, meanwhile, is catered for by a selection of restaurants and other food joints in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park.
One of the great things about Plitvice Croatia is that it’s an all-year-round type of place. In fact, there is absolutely no wrong season to visit the lakes at Plitvice National Park. In winter, they are spectacular to behold in their frozen state. In summer, the all-encompassing greenery will cheer the nature-lover in you and calm your soul, and in spring and autumn, when the water level is at its highest, the area’s flora and fauna come out in full. July to August tends to be the peak visiting season, so if you want to avoid the crowds it’s best to plan a trip to this part of Croatia at some other point in the year.