Plitvice Lakes are one of the most famous sights in Croatia.The park contains 16 lakes interconnected by streams and waterfalls, surrounded by beautiful forestry, plants and caves. The largest waterfall, Veliki Slap, is around 78 metres tall, and is a breathtaking sight. This maze of lakes and waterfalls is something straight out of a fantasy fairy tale, with lush greenery and clear turquoise waters. If you prefer a rowing boat, these are available to hire at the lakeside. Swimming in the lakes is completely prohibited. There are various activities available: from hiking, biking and climbing to paintball and ziplines.
How to get there?
From Zagreb Airport, take a connecting bus – they wait outside the terminal building, to the main bus station in Zagreb. From here you can take one of the many buses to Plitvice Lakes. journey time is about 2 and 20 minutes. Travel time from various places: from Zagreb: 2 hours 20 minutes, Zadar: 2 hours and Split: 3.5-5.5 hours. To travel to Plitvice you basically have three options, either you drive there by car or go there by bus, third alternative is to join an organized group or a private tour. You can go at your own pace when visiting and exploring the park, and your return path will also be much faster and cheaper!
Enters the National Park Plitvice
In the period from mid-April to the end of October, all three entrances to the National Park Plitvice – Entrance 1, Entrance 2 and the auxiliary entrance to Flora are opened. During this period, the panoramic train and electric boat on Lake Kozjak are usually used. If there is snow in October, the electric trains do not operate.
If you’re spending a few more days in the area, I’d definitely recommend a drive north to Rastoke, which is a beautiful little town intertwined with waterfalls and famous for its fresh river trout.
When to Visit Plitvice Lakes?
If you decide to visit Plitvice Lakes, the first thing to do is visit them in winter (make sure to wear adequate warm clothes and footwear )or summer time. Our answer – both! Warm months because of the abundance of water, and winter again carries its charms.
What to eat?
Let yourself enjoy the gastronomic delights of the Lika cuisine which offers: various types of meat with potatoes under the bakery, grilled meat, bacon, lamb, soup, potato chips, trout, sour milk, sausages, cake cheese or apple are only small part of the specialty you have to taste.
In the Plitvice Lakes National Park you can ride a bike, hike, hike, paddle and explore the flora and fauna. For those adventurous spirits there is Rijeka Korana where we recommend rafting, canoeing or kayaking.