It’s difficult to find enough superlatives for the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Our day visit was a wonderful, memorable & peaceful experience. Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It is known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by a series of breathtaking waterfalls and cascades.
The camera struggled to keep up as Bev excitedly clicked away and tried to capture the beauty we were treated to! It really has to be experienced first hand and should be high up on your bucket list for sure!
The mineral rich waters carve new paths through the rock, depositing tufa (new porous rock) in continually changing formations, through a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the turquoise water, and on Lake Kozjak, an electric ferry links the upper and lower lakes. The lower lakes are the site of Veliki Slap (Great Waterfall), a 78m-high waterfall.
Too difficult to choose between the photos for our blog – – so there are lots!! So where is Mark amongst all the happy tourists?
Wooden footbridges follow the crystal clear lakes & streams over, under and across rumbling water for an exhilaratingly damp 18km walk. (We didn’t walk the full 18km of paths – we walked for 6 hours).
We spy this tiny bird’s nest alongside our path, complete with chicks!
Beautiful beech and fir tree forests surround the lakes plus there are 1200 different species of plants, many orchids, butterflies & bats! There is little wonder why over 1 million visitors come annually! The emblem of the National Park, the brown bear, was however nowhere to be seen today! A link to the parks website is here.