Destination Landmarks: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes is the most popular attraction site in Croatia within easy reach of its capital Zagreb, where I bet you’ll want to spend all your day strolling around. Put simply, it is a stunning natural phenomenon, consisting of more than 90 waterfalls and 16 interconnected lakes. Isn’t that amazing?
Why should you visit Plitvice Lakes?
Well, there are some important reasons why you should add this magnificent landmark on your bucket list, and they include:
- Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Its scenic beauty along with the ongoing geological process that has set a perfect natural habitat for animals, birds and vegetation caught the eye of UNESCO. It is not an easy feat to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Therefore, the site is definitely of outstanding universal value, and you can be sure it’s worth a visit.
- Clearly marked hiking trails – You wouldn’t need anyone to guide you during your visit, meaning you will walk at your own pace to explore this national treasure of Croatia. There are 8 different hiking routes—for each of 2 main entrances, there are 4 different routes. The longest trip can take 6-8 hours, and the shortest route 2-3 hours. All routes are clearly marked, and very easy to follow. You can even get by without using a map. If you don’t know which trail best suits your needs, just ask the tourist staffs at the entrance to advise you. But whichever path you take, you’ll certainly be amazed.
- Turquoise lakes and breathtaking waterfalls – Plitvice Lakes is popular for its varying shades of turquoise, green, cyan, electric, azure, gray and much more. It nests a whole range of large waterfalls of different sizes and heights, and a lot of mossy ever-changing cascades.
- Classy hotels – The park boasts of its nicest hotels and restaurants, with a large number located near the south gate, and in a nearby village. Accommodation in the vicinity of the Plitvice Lakes consists mainly of vacation homes and apartments.
When is the best time of the year to visit Plitvice Lakes?
Since the lakes are so different with every season, they worth visiting at any time of the year. However, we would recommend visiting the lakes in the fall season as the trees start changing colors or in spring, when the waterfalls are at their peak. You’ll certainly want to stay away in the months of July and August. Why? Well, they are well-known as the busiest months of the year, having too many tourists in Croatia.