Hey Beautiful people,
If you happen to pass by Croatia, a gem is waiting for you to discover it, and if not, just plan a trip there & head to The Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Croatia is an amazing country with beautiful sceneries, wonderful people & a lot to see and learn but visiting The Plitvice Lakes National Park is an experience on a totally different level.
Imagine yourself in an untouched preserved area, gorgeous lakes all around you, breathtaking landscapes wherever you look, a rich multifaceted flora & fauna, stunning waterfalls that give you such an incredible feeling of serenity and the park is at the same time a refuge for many animal species.
Plitvice Lakes National Park was founded in 1949 & is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe, the largest national park in Croatia & its most popular tourist attraction with more than 1 million visitors each year.
It is situated in Karst the mountainous area of central Croatia at the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina. The park was added to the UNESCO WORLD Heritage register in 1979.
Our journey to Plitvice Lakes National Park started on an early cold rainy morning in Mid-August. My excitement to discover a place I have read a lot about & was eager to see with my own eyes was soon replaced by worry; how am I going to enjoy all those wonderful views, lakes & waterfalls while it was raining? Besides I had no raincoat, barely an umbrella…
It took us 2 to 3 hours or even more to get there & by the time we arrived, there was no more rain & the sun was shining brilliantly in the sky. I was surely lucky!
The National Park covers a total area of 300 square km. The highest altitude point is at 1,280 m & the lowest is at 380 m.
The Park is underlain by Karstic rock, mainly dolomite & limestone with associated lakes & caves.
The river Plitvica (some scientists refer to this river as the origin of the name of the park) reaches the Plitvice lake chain at the lower & final part of the lake, at the northeast end via the Large Waterfall. This place is called Sastavci.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is open daily & can be visited all year round. Each season brings a different kind of charm to the park with lush warm greenery in Spring & Summer, rich vibrant colors in autumn & it becomes a one of a kind magical snow land in Winter.
Words & pictures don’t give justice to the beauty of the place.
To be there is to see, feel, smell & enjoy the wonders of the world!