Recently a lot of tourists have been visiting Croatia because of the Game of Thrones filming locations. Aside from taking a peak at the famous castles featured in the show, there is so much more to see in Croatia. There are so many natural wonders and one of my most memorable locations from the trip is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice National Park is 296.85 square kilometers and contains 16 beautiful interconnecting lakes and waterfalls.
How to get to Plitvice
Plitvice is located in Central Croatia, so if you’re coming from Zagreb or Zadar it would take around 2 hours in a car. If you’re coming from Split, it would take 3 hours, and from Dubrovnik, 5 hours. There are bus tours that go there everyday but driving your own car would be the best way to get around Croatia. You can stay in an “apartmani” or hotel close to the park if you plan to stay overnight.
Tickets to the Park
Since it’s an organized program, it’s best to reserve tickets at least 2 days before your trip. You cannot book a day before your trip but you can call on the day and ask if they still have tickets for that day. It is a bit of a hassle that they can only see the availability of tickets 2 days prior. We went there anyway and arrived at the opening time which is 7 am and still got tickets. They have 10,000 tickets maximum to sell for a day, so we took the risk!
Routes Through the Park
There are 7 routes or programs to choose from when visiting the lake, the difficulty level of the routes are easy, even if some programs take longer. We chose the program H which starts at entrance 2 and is around 4-6 hours. First,you hop on a bus where it takes you to the starting trail then you walk on wooden foot bridges throughout the route, even take a boat across the lakes so it’s quite easy. Most of the people start at entrance 1 so it gets a bit crowded that’s why we decided to start on the other entrance.
The entire place was just magical, full of streams and waterfalls inside a lush rainforest. The natural phenomena of this lake is quite interesting, the water has a lot of minerals particularly calcium carbonate which can gather up and harden through time and turn into limestone. The water just flows into these limestone rocks often times breaking the soft stones and turning it into beautiful waterfalls.
When to Visit and What to Wear
You can visit this park at any time of the year. We went there in June which is the beginning of summer. Croatia can get really hot in summer up to 40 plus degrees Celsius so it’s best to visit during springtime, early summer, or on autumn. Even winter can be an option too if you don’t mind the cold because the lake and some waterfalls freeze and that would be an amazing sight as well!
It is also best to check the weather before going there, we were confident to wear our summer clothes because the temperatures were quite high in the past few days while touring around Croatia. When we got to the park, it was really cold in the morning. It was also misty with a bit of rain, and we did not even have jackets or raincoats with us! So if you go, just be ready for all weather conditions.
You will also be walking on wooden footbridges and sometimes it’s filled with water, so it’s best to wear waterproof and comfortable shoes.
Swimming is not allowed on the lakes but you can go to the Korona village close by where you can swim. There is also Krka National Park that looks similar like Plitvice where you can have a dip.
Plitvice National Park is definely a must visit when you travel to Croatia. But because it is a UNESCO Heritage site, it can get very touristy and crowded. We’re happy we started early in the morning because it was still quite empty. Around 10 AM, more people flocked in to the park. Also, you must go to the toilet before doing your program because we couldn’t find toilets anywhere in the park, only on the entrance and where the restaurants are which is a boat ride away. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a bottle of water and some snacks so you don’t get hungry along the way!
Read more about Cecille’s travels here.
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