Plitvice Lakes – Croatia’s first National park, established in 1949. National Park Plitvice covers 296.85 km2 of breathtaking natural splendor what makes it the largest among the eight national parks of the country.
The park was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979, in recognition of its “outstanding natural beauty and undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action”. The park represents a phenomenon of karst hydrography.
The park presents a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The Park consist on sixteen lakes which are formed by natural dams of travertine are separated into upper and lower lakes. About 8 km of pathways and wooden walking trails around lakes are accessible to visitors. Trails are descending from an altitude of 636m to 503m above sea level.
The Park is situated in central Croatia, in the eastern part of the mountainous region of Lika. The National Park is also a home to 4,000 inhabitants. The local economy is based on tourism and farming.
Plitvice lakes are recognized as an astonishing natural monument for the benefit and enjoyment of the people now and for the generations to come. Today, 60 years after its establishment, National Park Plitvice continues to provide inspiration for visitors becoming nowadays one of Croatia’s biggest attractions. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Park during summer. They come to find peace and relaxation just to experience something different as a getaway from the city.
Hiking is a common activity with organized programs for park visitors, other possible activities include: electric boat and train ride, cycling, skiing and rowing.
“There are water, lakes, waterfalls and forest elsewhere, but Plitvice Lakes, are unique they simply must be seen!” (Academic, Ivo Pevalek, 1937) Come for a visit and take away the experience of a lifetime.. It is time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoor in Croatia!.
How to reach Plitvice
Lakes National Park from any of the two cities of Zagreb or Zadar by bus or by car.
This awe-inspiring tourist destination is connected well by roads to both these cities and thus, it is a safe journey to be followed from any of these two locations. You may even reach Plitvice from Karlovac or Split, riding on a bicycle, which is definitely a fun activity.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is open from 8am to 7pm everyday round the year. You may enjoy walking and hiking in this area and of course, witnessing the most wonderful form of nature existing here.
PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
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