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 autumn 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! 😉
Some basic informations
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and the largest national park in Republic of Croatia. 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 Croatia’s first national park.
The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation, with smaller areas under grasslands. The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – 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:
- Proscansko lake
- Veliko lake
- Malo lake
- Milino lake
- Gradinsko lake
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 to 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 “souvenirs” 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
- Wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear
- Bringing adequate rain and sun protection (umbrella, raincoat; sunglasses, hat, sunscreen – 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
- Skiing and sleighing
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! 😀