This is a very unique park. It is a little hard to get there as it is far from any large city but worth the drive. There are literally hundreds of waterfalls. There are many lakes and trails are everywhere. Many trails are made out of logs that take you over low lying areas and other trails take you up rocky paths cut into the hills. It is about a two hour climb from the lower lake to the top and there is a big elevation change. However the park has a shuttle bus system that can take you to the top and you can walk down. There is also a water shuttle that will take you across the main lake and reduce the walk. The one drawback is that the trails can be very crowded as this is a very popular place.
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Plitvice National Park is Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction on the mainland. It was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979 and its located halfway between Zagreb and Zadar.
National Park Plitvice which covers a total area of 300 square kilometres is a must-see destination in Croatia. Extraordinary appeal of this heavily forested park lies in its sixteen crystalline lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and cascades¸ while park is set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species.
The lakes and mineral-rich waters carve through the rock, continually changing formations and joining together over a distance of eight kilometres. There’s also quite an altitude difference. The highest point is at 1,280m and the lowest at 380m but total height difference between the lakes themselves is only 135m. Veliki Slap, the largest waterfall, is 70m tall.
However¸ 18 km of wooden footbridges and pathways which surround and intersect the park will lead you under and across the rumbling lakes and Plitvice waterfalls.
It can take up to six hours to explore the lakes on foot. On the other hand¸ you can explore entire park in just 4 hours¸ if you take advantage of the park’s free boats and buses which are departing every 30 minutes from April to October.
The best option is to first catch the bus to the top of the upper lakes and them hike back down to the shore of Kozjak , the park’s largest lake which is 4 km long. From here¸ the boat will get you to lower lakes which culminates with the view of the tallest waterfall in Croatia¸ Veliki Slap.
After Veliki Slap¸ there is steep path to a bus stop, where you can grab a lift back. The path offers great view and photo opportunities of lakes and Plitvice waterfalls. Also¸ you should know that swimming is not permitted in any of the lakes. In case you need any help or informations¸ our experienced guides are there to help you.
NOTE: If you come to Plitvice National Park with us¸ we will pick you up with a mini-van at your apartment or at arranged location.