Plitvice National Park: The Land Before Time

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.

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34 thoughts on “Plitvice National Park: The Land Before Time”

  1. Can I just move to Croatia?? And is Slovenia just as pretty? Those shots are gorgeous.

    Sadly, that’s what the inside of Opryland Hotel looks like right now
    :(.

    1. Yup Slovenia is gorgeous too. I predict in a couple years the whole are will be a much bigger tourist draw.

      Hope you’re keeping dry!

      1. I want to see the “homeland’ of Slovenia so badly. And Croatia after my friend’s postcard from Selce.

        Keeping dry here. But we’re on a tight water restriction so we’re all funky fresh. Nashvillest.com has some really good write ups about all the stuff going on.
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  2. Steph, those pictures are CRAZY! Especially that first one. It definitely has a Jurassic Park look going on.
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  3. I’m not sure what has gotten me more excited, the picture, or The Land Before Time Reference. Hahaha.
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  4. Wow great pictures. I’ll definately add Plitvice into my Croatia trip this summer now! Thanks
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