As I lived abroad for 5 years, I met a lot of people from all around the world who were planning to visit Croatia for holidays. As the advice from a local is always the best advice, they asked me where to go, what to see, what to experience in Croatia. No matter how long their visit to Croatia was, or what was on their itinerary already, I always strongly suggested them to visit a little piece of Heaven on Earth – Plitvice National Park.
In 1979 the park was proudly inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and when you realize that there are only 197 natural properties on that list in the whole wide world, that gives you a hint how amazing Plitvice Lakes must be. The grand beauty of Plitvice lies in its sixteen lakes, which tumble into each other trough a series of stunning waterfalls and cascades. Within this densely forested national park, in its deep woodlands you can find bears, wolves, rare birds and many other rare animal and plant species. As well in its crystal clear waters you can see many fish species. I do think of myself as a venturous person, but I was not courageous enough to go in the deep woodland and take a picture of a bear…so I just stayed on the path and took a picture of cute shoal of fish.
Park is 2 hour drive from capital city Zagreb, located in county of Lika-Senj, roughly halfway between Zagreb and Zadar on the coast. The best way to visit it is on the way to/from the coast. But make sure you give yourself at least 4-5 hours for the visit, so you can enjoy the walk, eat a nice relaxing lunch on a meadow, and take an electric boat ride on Lake Kozjak.
Every season of the year is great to visit Plitvice, from flowerful springs when rains are keeping the waterfalls booming, green hot summers, amazing colors of autumns, and majestic frozen winters. I had a chance to visit Plitvice in spring and autumn, but planning to make a trip there in the winter time, and I will definitely write about that winter wonderland.