Plitvice is one of the most famous places in Croatia, and one of the most beautiful too! The water has such an amazing colour here that you could imagine that it is magical. See more in our blog !
Plitvice lakes are one of Croatia’s jewels. It is one of the largest and oldest National parks in Croatia, and it welcomes more than a Million visitors each year. This place is known for its beauty, with its 16 natural lakes, its 92 waterfalls and its large forest of pines and beeches. The park also allows a large selection of fauna and flora to thrive, from brown bears to wolfs including lynxes. But the most famous feature of the Plitvice park is the colour of its lakes, an indescribable turquoise blue that you will hardly find somewhere else. Tempted yet?
Photo by: Elenna Kubatovic
The 16 lakes are divided into two categories: the upper lakes and the lower lakes, that are quite different. The upper cluster lakes are following one another in a flared relief and with a relatively low altitude whereas the lower cluster lakes form a limestone canyon through steep terrain.
Their particular colour is a mid-azure mid-green shade, always changing depending on the sunlight and the minerals or organisms amount in the water. Sometimes, it gets even dark blue or grey, but the usual colour remains turquoise blue.
Photo by: Gordana Lezaic
Several natural caves have been dug by water erosion but some others, in particular, the ones near the biggest lakes, have been dug man-made in order to allow tourists to visit them. The two biggest caves are the “Supljara” cave and the “Golubnjaca” cave; with entrances 20 meters tall and 26 meters tall respectively.
The Plitvice lakes are surrounded by forests. Those forests are composed of about 73% beeches and about 22% pines. The other 5% are mostly composed of oak trees, maple trees, spruce trees and elm trees.
There is also another forest, the “Čorkova uvala” (Virgin forest) which is famous for its huge hundred-year-old trees and its dead wood covering the ground.
How to get there
Photo by: Gordana Lezaic
The nearest big city is Zadar, it is 90 minutes away by car. You can also go by bus, several bus companies offer this destination. The average tour is about 6-8 hours long but if you want an overnight stay you can book a room in one of the 4 hotels available. There are also restaurants on the spot but we advise you to take your own lunch as they may be a lot of people and the prices may be high, especially in the summer.
If you are flexible on your holiday dates, you should go to the Plitvice lakes whether during Spring or Autumn, because the weather is pleasant and still hot (but not too much) and because it is less crowded.
So if you are interested in going to the Plitvice lakes, feel free to tell and us and then to share with us pour experience. If you have already been there, we will also be pleased to hear from you!
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