There are so many things I could say about Plitvice Lakes National Park, but none of them do it the justice that this pictures does:
Doesn’t it look like some sort of lost world? I half expected to see a dinosaur lumbering out of the bushes at any moment. In actuality, Plitvice is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s a sort of wonderland of lakes and waterfalls, big and small.
The lakes are created by runoff from nearby mountains running through travertine rock, a kind of dissolvable limestone. There are 16 lakes total, although it’s difficult to tell where one ends and another begins. The water changes color from pool to pool and based on the sunlight, but all of it was eerily translucent the way only water that is completely untouched can be.
Pathways wind around, over and behind the waterfalls, allowing you to see the lakes from every possible angle. Water runs everywhere in an endless cascade. Even through the steps:
I visited Plitvice with some of my new Australian Party Cruise friends and we spent a full day wandering the trails, above water pathways and caves of the park. In mid-June the park was busy- mostly with local Croatian tourists and buses of Japanese travelers, but not annoyingly so. There was plenty of space to walk peacefully and enjoy the beauty of the park.
It won’t surprise you to know that Plitvice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Somehow, despite being incredibly popular within the Balkans, it’s mostly unknown outside of the region. It’s one of my favorite places I’ve visited and I really can’t recommend it any more highly.
34 thoughts on “Plitvice National Park: The Land Before Time”
Excellent photos. Did you know that there is actually another (albeit smaller) version of these lakes in the United States? Hanging Lake in Colorado (wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_Lake) is formed by the same travertine rock and has similar scenery. Check it out!
Very cool! That does look similar.
@drew you wanna build a house there lol..as Steph wrote about thats a BIG NO NO.. 🙂 .. I’ve been there a couple of years ago..and I’m planning to visit next year again..if it weren’t for other stuff I’d probably have gone there more than once by now.. I mean if you don’t have the finance to travel there pics are great..but anyone that can afford this..should pack their bags and travel to Croatia..cause even though I would like to explain describe the place..it’s a unique experience that just can’t be described..and if you’re in Croatia I would recommend visiting other National Parks as well…like Krka, Brijuni, Paklenica… I mean neither of them are too far away…considering the size of Croatia
How much would it cost to build a house there!? The place looks epic! I’ll have to look into it further!!!!
Well, it’s a National Park, so I don’t think they’ll let you build a house there 🙂
Wow, wow, wow! Croatia is still on my list of places to see and this place looks absolutely incredible! The pictures are absolutely stunning!
It’s a really amazing place- Croatia is a must see!
Those photos bring back great memories! I was there just a couple of years ago. Croatia is a gorgeous country – we flew into Zagreb and drove down the coast, stopping where we wanted and each place was more beautiful than the next. I loved the smaller towns most. Trogir was great with a nice balance of small-town vibe while still having plenty to see and do.
Croatia is a very cool place. I haven’t been to Trogir, which I guess is a good excuse to go back!
Plitvice Lakes National Park has been on my list of things to see and do for a long time – this was a great reminder of why!
Wow… it looks absolutely amazing. I’ve never heard of it before and I am seriously wondering why. Talk about well-kept secret. I’m definitely adding it to my list of places I want to visit! I totally see what you mean about the dinosaurs. Jurassic Park eat your heart out 🙂
A lot of the Balkans is pretty unknown tourism wise. I suspect this won’t be the case for long…
Gorgeous waterfalls and that clear blue water is calling my name.
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beautiful but they don’t let you swim in it! probably how they keep it so clear.