Sometimes, travel blogging is incredibly unoriginal; a mere rehash of about four or five other posts covering the same subject. Yet sometimes this is unavoidable; every blogger wants to go to the prettiest places, take their pretty pictures and turn them into a pretty blog post. This is especially true of national parks, where – aside from a few creatures rustling in the bushes – nothing ever really happens. Sure, they are beautiful. Gloriously beautiful. And we want to write about them. But unless there was a grizzly bear or sabre-toothed tiger sighted, nobody really wants to read about them. It’s the pictures we want to see. Skip all that reading bollocks. So, with the exception of this now seemingly pointless piece of discourse, that’s exactly what I have provided you with here: pictures. Pictures of one of the most fantastic and resplendent landscapes this world has to offer: Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes (with a few facts thrown in for good measure).
A Few Facts…
- There are 16 lakes all together, all connected through a series of waterfalls and cataracts.
- The unique landscape was formed as a result of calcium-rich material from the mountains being deposited downstream over several millennia, which has in turn created a stairway-like effect.
- The Plitvice National Park covers roughly 300km².
- The park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
- Each year, the park welcomes more than 1,200,000 visitors, making it Croatia’s most visited site.
A Few More Facts…
- Wildlife in Plitvice National Park includes brown bears, wolves, wildcats, lynx, wild boar, deer and up to 160 species of birds.
- The park is, according to geologists, the ‘perfect storm’ of rock formations, on account of the extremely rare amalgamation of unique geographical features. Ooohhh…
- The deepest of the lakes, Kozjak, drops all the way down to 154ft.
- The highest waterfall, Veliki Slap, is 78m in height.
- Scientists have recorded 109 different types of plant species, 75 of which are endemic, meaning that they don’t exist anywhere else.
- The entrance fee, which acts as a contribution to the Park’s upkeep and protection, is 80 Kunas (£9.50/€11/$15.50) in November – March and 110 Kunas (£13/€15/$21) during April to October*. University students and groups of 15 or more people can get discounted tickets.
- Plitvice is massive, so you may want to stay one or two nights in order to explore the park more extensively, but the lakes can be circuited in just one day if you go at a steady pace. The average walk-around time is 5-6 hours.
- Buses leave from Zagreb and Zadar daily from their respective bus stations. Click here for information/timetables for Zagreb, and here for information/timetables for Zadar.
- Take a waterproof jacket, suncream, your own lunch, some good walking shoes and your camera!
- For even more pretty pictures of Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes visit Matt’s excellent Landlopers blog.
*Correct at the time of publishing