Croatian National park – PLITVICE LAKES

When you’re exploring National Parks in Croatia, the most popular are – Plitvice Lakes. And they are first stop for every visitor that enter Croatia. It’s just must see place in my homeland.

But also, it’s one of the most see things for Croatian too. I choose to visit Plitivice Lakes during autumnย time. In spring and summer it’s too crowded with tourists, winter is not my favourite so autumn was perfect choice for me and I wanted to have Plitvice just for me. I don’t like when it’s too crowded with tourists around me and when I don’t have my “own” peace to take a pictures or when I need to wait in line to take some nice shoots.



What to do there?

Is it just touristic place?

Or it has something?


Find it out with me! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Some basic informations

Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and the largest national park in Republic of Croatia.ย The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Licka Pljesivica mountain range to the southeast. Administratively, the park falls within two counties: Lika-Senj and Karlovac.

With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatiaโ€™sย first national park.

The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation, with smaller areas under grasslands. The most attractive part of the park โ€“ the lakes โ€“ cover just under 1% of the total park area.

The lake system is comprised of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next. Due to the geological substrate and characteristic hydrogeological conditions, the lake system has been divided into the Upper and Lower lakes.


The twelve lakes forming the Upper Lakes are:

  1. Proscansko lake
  2. Ciginovac
  3. Okrugljak
  4. Batinovac
  5. Veliko lake
  6. Malo lake
  7. Vir
  8. Galovac
  9. Milino lake
  10. Gradinsko lake
  11. Burgeti
  12. Kozjak


These lakes were formed on impermeable dolomite rock, and are larger, with more indented and gentler shores than the Lower Lakes. The Lower Lakes, consisting of the lakes Milanovac, Gavanovac, Kaluderovac and Novakovica Brod, were formed in permeable limestone substrate, cut into a deep canyon with steep cliffs. The lakes end in the impressive waterfalls Sastavci, with the Korana River springing under the base of the falls.

The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors seven different routes to tour the lake system, and four hiking trails. The park is open toย visitors year round. All visitors are required to follow the instructions listed on the information panels, to keep on the marked trails, and to leave no traces of their visit, such as litter, or marking or devastating nature in any form.



The following is strictly prohibited in the National Park:

  • Collection of plant materials, or taking any โ€œsouvenirsโ€ of natural origin
  • Feeding the animals
  • Swimming in the lakes
  • Disposal of litter along the trails or elsewhere, except in the garbage bins installed throughout the park
  • Straying off the marked trails


Park recommendations:

  • Wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Bringing adequate rain and sun protection (umbrella, raincoat; sunglasses, hat, sunscreen โ€“ depending on the season)
  • Check the weather forecast before coming to the park
  • Be sure to check the information listed on our website about the length of certain trails, to ensure to you have enough time to complete the desired tour


Things you can do there:

  • Take lake tour programmes
  • Hiking
  • Skiing and sleighing
  • Cycling



My recommendation is to take one whole day just for Plitvice Lakes. I spend there 5-6 hours of walking. Take you time and enjoy full. You have also short rutes for 4 hours. But, now you are there and who knows when, right? So take that time to see everything. Also, take a boat ride and make your visit even more fun.



For further informations check the official website: Plitvice Lakes


For any tips that you may need – feel free to contact me!

Until some new adventures…

Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜€


20 thoughts on “Croatian National park – PLITVICE LAKES

  1. Nicole Hunter says:

    The Park looks beautiful. I love being surrounded by nature and walking along the water. I love how the walkway is nestled against the rock and you are right next to the water. We were in Slovenia this summer and this place reminds me of a lot of the national parks there.

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  2. Jimmy says:

    Largest and oldest National Park โ€“ yes, please! Whenever we visit a new country we like to look up national parks nearby. Weโ€™ll be going to Croatia in May, canโ€™t wait!

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  3. Kavita Favelle says:

    A friend of mine visited Plitvice Lakes with his family recently, on a glorious sunny summer day and wow, the photos he shared were just amazing! It was already on my wishlist to revisit Croatia (my sister was married in Dubrovnik a few years ago) but Plitvice Lakes are now a key reason! He said there was also one you are permitted to swim in? Good to read your post for more about the practicalities of visiting!

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    1. Travel Optician says:

      It’s always a good time to visit Plitvice, you can’t miss, just choose your favorite time of the year ๐Ÿ˜€

      Dubrovnik is also nice, the post about it is also coming on the blog so you can check it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Yes in Plitvice is permitted to swim in one part so you can enjoy it fully ๐Ÿ˜€


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