The surreal shade of the pictures representing the lakes in the Plitvice National Park make you think of photo editing, but we assure you it is, not only real, but even more beautiful and outstanding when you see it with your own eyes.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is relatively close to the capital Zagreb (less than 150km) and the Dalmatian coast – from Zadar there are 120 km of highway. Virtually no later than two hours you reach Plitvice.
The park is open every day at 7:00, and if you get there at rush hour, you might be lucky and take some amazing snapshots without being interrupted. Hurried, or without having other people in the frame.
The Great National Park is divided into the Lower and the Upper Lakes, and if your feet won’t get tired you can see them all in one day.
Dure to this division, there are two entrances to the Park easily remembered by the names “Entrance 1” for the lower lakes and “Entrance 2” for the higher lakes. Entrance 2 is normally closed between November tand April.
A complete circuit takes about nine hours, but it’s recommend to enjoy the routes leisurely, as there is plenty of fresh air, tranquility and nature in a surreal computer wallpaper scenery. If however you have only one day available, you better get here first thing in the morning. As stated above, because later on come dozens of buses with tour groups will arrive and doing slalom through the narrow trails might ruin the pleasure.
Protected by U.N.E.S.C.O., the landscapes with 92 waterfalls represent the pearl of Croatian tourism and a magnetic attraction for more than 1 million tourists annually. The best time to go there is in the months of July and August.
Depending on how much time you have, choose one of the 8 trails – they are marked with letters – and let yourself guided by wooden signs and the map printed on the entrance ticket. You will not get lost (and even if you do, we are sure you won’t mind!), as routes are intuitive and every waterfall and lake is marked with signs and you will be able to trace it on your map.
As for accommodation, there are three main hotels clustered at the second entrance in the area and another one – Hotel Gabrovac – in the northern part of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you opt for a more rustic settlement, there are a few camping sites with bungalows and tent perimeter, such as Camp Korana or Camp Borje.
Locals will also offer you a great variety of possibilities, so you will choose between single rooms, apartments, pensions, guesthouses etc.
Even if summertime is preferred, a visit there is perfect any time of the year, as you can enjoy the chromatic palette of the vegetation, which changes accordingly, offering an amazing spectacle of nature and shades. In wintertime it is usually closed, except for the second entrance, which will provide you with access to the magical icy scenery that will unfold in front of your eyes, but keep in mind that, regardless of the season. You must always have proper footwear for tracking.