Croatia is known for its beautiful coastline and for the gorgeous islands like Hvar, Split or Dubrovnik. However, Croatia offers a various hidden treasures like the Plitvice Lakes.
Plitvice Lakes are home to pristine natural beauty, crystal clear lakes, turquoise colored water and a paradise for nature lovers and occasional hiker’s. Plitvice is a myriad jigsaw of 16 beautiful and picturesque lakes connected through waterfalls and surrounded by hugely diverse flora and fauna. Only a part of it is accessible to tourists and the entire forest cover is huge. Keep an eye out for the wonderful rock formations and the water seeping through them continue to carve out new miracles till today.
Photo: Thomas Debono
Founded as early as 1949, Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s largest national park. It encompasses a wide variety of landscapes, from mountains and dense forests to river systems and caves. Its most important and well-known feature, however, is its lakes and waterfalls. The lakes of Plitvice are famous around the world for their terrace-like arrangement. All sixteen lakes are situated at a different level and flow into one another via a series of cascades.
Although the waterfalls are by far the main highlight of the park, it is much more than that. It is, for instance, home to some of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe—forests in which bears and wolves dwell. Many rare species of bird call the park home as well, and the number of plant species is huge—there are 55 species of orchids alone. The lakes, the one and only major attraction, make up merely 1% of the park’s surface, but draw in the overwhelming majority of visitors.
Photo: Michael Matti
Photo: Michael Matti
Photo: Ivica Letunic
Plitvice Lakes National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979 and within the first few moments of your journey, it’s easy to see why—the park is truly one of the world’s natural wonders.
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