The Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful natural parks in the world and it is one of the most visited attractions of Croatia, receiving each year more than 1 million visitors. It is easy to understand the reasons of its success…
The protected area extends over more than 296 square kilometers and has 16 main lakes, which are formed by many subterranean water sources and the Bijela and Crna rivers (White river and Black river, in English), both flowing into the Korana river. The lakes are linked by countless cascades and creeks and all of them can be visited thanks to a system of trails and more than 18 km of wooden paths that follow the water in all its flow.
You will need approximately 8 hours to visit the park. It is also possible to split the visit into 2 days by purchasing a 2-days ticket. There are electric boats and trains to help the visitor to cover the itineraries.
The park is open also during winter, when the landscape changes dramatically: the strong green, blue and turquoise and all the rainbow colors of the flowers give space to the deep white and delicate blue of frozen lakes and cascades.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is important also from the historical point of view. It was inhabited by Celts, barbarian peoples and it became part of the Roman Empire. In the recent past, specifically on March 31, 1991, it became scene of the called “Plitvice Lakes incident” or “Plitvice Bloody Easter”, which was the first armed confrontation between the Croatian police and Serbian forces during the Croatian War of Independence. The park was damaged during the war but after that it was completely restructured and enlarged.
Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register in 1979.
Official website: http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en/