The Plitvice Lakes National Park has gained major international popularity recently, with photos of its numerous waterfalls circulating around Pinterest. Much as I like a good photo, I knew I had to go see this place for myself. So Plitvice was high on my priority list when I came to Croatia, and let me assure you, it did not disappoint! With more waterfalls than I have ever seen before (and probably more than you could even count!), this network of lakes is a resplendent display of natural beauty. Allow the following photos and video to serve as evidence that you too need to prioritize visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park.
When you’re planning your trip you have a few considerations. You can do Plitvice as a day trip from either Zagreb (as I did) or Split, by purchasing bus tickets in either city. Definitely give yourself a full day here (like first bus there and last one back!) because the park is really big and you don’t want to miss any of it! It seriously just keeps getting more beautiful with every step. Your other option is to do an overnight at Plitvice, either at one of the campgrounds available or at one of the many hotels nearby. This might make a nice stop on your itinerary as you make your way from Zagreb down to the coast.
There’s a small entrance fee and then you’re free to explore the many trails that wind through the park. With your ticket you also get to take the ferry across the big lake, which will connect you between the two main sets of trails. Don’t worry about which entrance you use, but do be sure to visit both sides of the park! There are toilets, restaurants, and shops available at certain points around the park so you can enjoy a rest and refuel. The trails are pretty well maintained but you’ll be covering a lot of ground so I would definitely recommend wearing sneakers. And don’t forget to bring water! Get more park details here.
Ready to go? Get excited for beautiful lakes and waterfalls and photo ops galore! Have fun when you’re visiting Plitvice Lakes!
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