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Plitvice

Lying midway between Zagreb and Zadar, and in Licko-Senjska county, Plitvice Lakes National Park , composed of 19.5 hectares of woods, lakes and waterfalls, is one of Croatia's top sights, its most popular National Park and a World Heritage Site. The 16 lakes are a stunning turquoise and spill over into waterfalls and bubbling streams. (See photos of Plitvice Lakes). The unique ecology of the lakes is fascinating.

What to see & do in Plitvice

So how do you visit this watery wonderland? A well-laid out system of wooden walkways allows you to pass all around and sometimes through the water and there are hiking trails through the woods. By taking the park bus and boat you can cover all the lakes in a rushed half-day but I recommend a full day.

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Accommodation in Plitvice Lakes

You can stay in one of only three hotels in the national park or choose from a wide variety of private accommodation. More.

When to Go

There's no wrong season to visit Plitvice Lakes.  In winter the frozen falls are magnificent; in summer the lush greenery is relaxing; in spring and fall the water volume is highest. Be aware though, that the park is flooded with tourists in July and August. If you come then, save some time for the late afternoon when the tour buses leave or very early in the morning before they arrive.

Getting to Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice is on the main road between Zagreb and Zadar. Combining a visit to Plitvice with a stay along the Croatian coast is possible but I don't recommend it unless you can stay overnight. Another spectacular national park with waterfalls you can conveniently visit on the Croatian coast is Krka Waterfalls National Park. See more about getting to Plitvice Lakes.

Ecology, Flora & Fauna of Plitvice Lakes

As a World Heritage Site, Plitvice maintains a pristine environment that is nearly primeval in its beauty. It's one reason why there's no swimming in the lakes. But you can marvel at the travertine formations and the extraordinary variety of plants and animals that make their home in the park. More.

 Tourist Information in Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice National Park tourist office (tel 053-751 015) is just inside entrance #1. There's another information office at entrance #2 where the hotels are.

 

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With such a bountiful natural heritage to choose from, where do Croatians go when they want to destress, wind down, relax? If it’s just for a short break, a recent survey showed that the number one choice of Croatians is the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. With 16 lakes and myriad waterfalls, that can’t be a surprise. And Plitvice Lakes is stunning to visit any time of the year from the snows of winter to the greenery of summer. The second choice was the thermal spa resort of Sveti Martin in Medimuska County, not far from Zagreb. The third choice … Continue reading →More.
Plitvice National Park Marathon 01/07/2011
A little stroll along the walkways of Plitvice Lakes is not sporty enough for you? On June 5, you can test your running skills on what may be the world’s most beautiful marathon.  The Plitvice Marathon is organised by the Plitvice Lakes National Park staff and includes a choice of three different levels, depending on your skills. There’s a 42km, 16km, and 5km course that will take you along the pathways of these 16 spectacular lakes.  The top two levels are divided into age categories but runners of all levels get a ticket to the park, a triumphal pasta dinner … Continue reading →More.

 

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