There is something absolutely magical about taking a walk through one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe while admiring the emerald green and turquoise colors of 16 lakes with numerous waterfalls and the surrounding lush forest. We bring you the 10 best experiences to make your visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park unforgettable.
1. Eight tour programs
As the first and largest national park in Croatia, proclaimed in 1949, Plitvice Lakes National Park is internationally recognized due to its Outstanding Universal Value. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. This natural paradise with 8 different lake tour programs is one of the most visited destinations in Croatia.
2. Four hiking trails
You can experience all that unspoiled nature has to offer during our four hiking trails within Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is pure joy for all those who are drawn to walk through the beautiful beech forest, rest in the shade and listen to the sounds of nature while enjoying the stunning landscape view of Plitvice Lakes. There are educational boards on all the hiking trails, allowing you to learn more about the Park’s rich forest ecosystem.
3. Paddle a wooden boat on the largest lake, Kozjak
Have you ever tried rowing a wooden boat surrounded by the beautiful scenery of a national park? In the heart of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, you can explore the largest Plitvice Lake, Kozjak, moving around the lake under your own power. Not to mention how romantic it can be if you decide to share this experience with your partner. For all those who opt for an easier boat ride, there are panoramic electric boats that also cruise leisurely on Lake Kozjak.
4. Great waterfall (Veliki slap)
Imagine taking a photo at the foot of the largest waterfall in Croatia, surrounded by exquisite natural scenery and a refreshing mist of water on your face. The Grand Waterfall, with a total height of 87 meters, is located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is one of the must-see places that you will surely remember for a long time.
5. Šupljara Cave
Karst relief features are visible in every corner of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, where 32 caves and 82 wells have been discovered so far. Šupljara cave attracts all visitors who explore the lower lakes of the park. It is a 68 meter long cave tunnel that has been specially protected under the category of geomorphological natural monuments since 1964. The speleological objects are extremely important for many rare and protected species. Simply walking near the cave decorations that have been created over thousands of years is a unique experience in itself.
6. Cascades of ingredients
There is a story behind the power of water in the dramatic natural setting of the place called “Sastavci”, situated in the Lower Lakes canyon of the Park. In this place, the water of 16 Plitvice Lakes and the water of the Great Cascade come together and form the Korana River, a beautiful 134 km long karst river, which is part of the Black Sea basin. Seeing the birth of a river surrounded by loud waterfall sounds is one of the natural wonders you can experience during your visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
7. Lower Lakes Canyon Tourist Attractions
Amazing tourist spots located along the trails near the water, above the Lower Lakes canyon or in the Upper Lakes forests, are places where you can take a deep breath and admire even more the beauty of nature. Taking pictures in this stunning and almost unbelievable natural environment is a wonderfully pleasurable experience.
8. Hotels in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park has four hotels, three of which are located within a few minutes’ walk of the Park’s visitor area (Jezero, Plitvice and Bellevue Hotel). Imagine lounging on the balcony of your hotel room while enjoying the view of Plitvice Forest and the sounds of waterfalls in the distance. Nature at its finest is just steps away! All guests of the Park hotels pay their entrance fee once and use the same ticket to enter the Park at any time during opening hours.
9. Visits to the surroundings
Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the Lika region of Croatia, where almost 60% of the area is part of the NATURA 2000 network of protected areas. Although Plitvice Lakes is the most visited national park in Croatia, there are also other natural treasures such as the three surrounding national parks, Northern Velebit, Paklenica and Krka, along with the Velebit Nature Park and the Grabovača Caves Park. Within such a small radius, nature lovers can enjoy visiting various natural attractions and fill their vacation time by visiting various wonderful places in this corner of Croatia.
10. Adrenaline Activities
For all those who are looking for adventure and adrenaline during their vacations, there are plenty of activities available in the surroundings of the Park in addition to visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park, such as cycling, zip lines, paintball, wall climbing, horse, kayak, etc There is excitement for people of all ages!
Tomislav Kovačević is General Director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Croatia.
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