One of the oldest as well as largest national parks is the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in the year 1979 and was founded in the year 1949. Plitvice Lakes covers an area of 296.85 square kilometres. More than 1 million visitors are recorded to visit this park every year. Being located approximately half way between the capital city of Zadar and Zagreb, it is one of the most famous tourist spots in Croatia. The beauty of Plitvice Lake lies in its sixteen lakes, which is interlinked by a number of waterfalls. A wood land is set up there which is full of wild animals like bears, deer, boars, wolves and many rare bird species.
Reaching Plitvice Lakes National Park
A number of people visit this lake for a whole day from Zagreb. This is one of the viable options to enjoy these lakes but you can also consider staying in a nearby village as it will be easier for you to access these lakes. You can also take a motorway if you are coming from split. It takes around 2.5 hours to reach there.
Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Lakes
You can visit these lakes any time of the year since they portray different scenarios in different season. In the summer time the lakes get really crowded and also the water level is lower in this time of the year. Spring is one of the best times to visit this place since the level of water is really high. The streams and waterfalls run wildly. Autumn and winter are also a nice time to visit these lakes.
The park is opened all time of the year with opening hours from 7am to 8pm. You can buy 2 days tickets as well. The Plitvice lakes are accessible on foot also though shuttle buses run every 20 minutes. You can also opt for a boat ride.
There are two main entrances open to the public. Just above the lakes Entrance 1 is situated on the northern side and Entrance 2 next to the upper lakes.
Accommodation in the Plitvice Lakes
There are three hotels where it is possible to stay just next to the park. All of these hotels are clustered closely together by the Entrance 2.Camp Korana contains bungalows as well as 500 camping units which is just 7kms from the entrance. There is another camping site that is the Camp Borje which is 15km away from entrance 2. About 12kms north of the park there is a hotel named Hotel Grabovac. In this region you will also get a wide selection of private accommodations. If you don’t have your own car, make sure that you pick up accommodation that is near the park.
If you are in a dilemma about visiting the beautiful and exciting Plitvice Lakes National Park, take a look at the pictures by surfing on internet and you will be swayed by a glimpse of them. The best way to go around Croatia is definitely by renting a car. The roads are magnificent where you will see some truly breathtaking coastal views.