The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, with around 1.2 million visitors in 2015, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. Located in Lika region, about 2 hours by car from Zagreb and 2:30 hours from Split, the lakes are a definite must see in Croatia-in every part of the year.
The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by wild animals like deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species-but dont be afraid, you are safe there, really. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of almost 8 kilometres.
Beside car, which is the best option for traveling, its possible to reach Plitvice Lakes by bus.You can also book an organised excursion to Plitvice Lakes from towns and resorts in Croatia. Call in at a local travel agent for details, the one-day round trip will normally take all day, but it may well be worth it if you weren’t otherwise planning on travelling to or nearby this part of the country.
There aren’t any airports that are close to the Plitvice Lakes, but if you plan to make are trip to the Lakes as part of your holiday to Croatia, then you should prepare yourself to undertake a bit of travelling to explore the full beauty of this gorgeous park and nature around it.
If you are considering coming to Croatia to specifically visit the Park and want to fly into the nearest airport, take a look at flying to either Zagreb or Zadar Airports (Zadar has great low cost flights to large number of european airports)
It takes upwards of six hours to explore the lakes on foot, or you can slice two hours off by taking a ride on park’s free boats and buses (departing every 30 minutes from April to October).If you’ve got limited time, or running low on walking-energy, the upper lake section can be completed in about two hours. The lower section takes about three hours.
– for adult – 110 kn (app. 14,5 euro)
– for a group of adults from 15 people – 100 kn (app. 13,5 euro)
– for student – 80 kn (app. 10,5 euro)
– for child 7-18 years – 55 kn (app. 7,5 euro)
– for child to 7 years – free
– adult ticket for two days — 180 kn (app.24 euro)
– child ticket for two days – 90 kn (app.12 euro)
Plitvice Lakes isn’t just for summer part of the year. It’s a stunning place (even greater than in summer) in winter, but also for visit in any time of year as the different seasons see the Park take on different hues, whether that’s lush greenery in spring/summer, rich colours in autumn, or magical scenes in the snow and ice in winter. Even if conditions are rainy, the park can still be great place to explore!
Unfortunately, Plitvice can get very busy place during summer time, and the pathways can be quite crowded. I will recommend a spring/late summer visit when the weather is still good (most days), the park is open for relatively long hours but there should be much fewer people.
It is possible to stay right next to the Park at one of its three hotels, or in a campsite, Camp Korana, which is about 6 km from entrance 1. Another campsite, Camp Borje, is 15km away from Entrance 2. There is also a Hotel Grabovac, that is located around 10km from Park.
While in Croatia, this is one of the things that are, in my opinion, must-see, either just for one day visit, or for staying two days. But, either way, you will be astonished by natural beauty- peace and quiet, just sounds of water and animals. Enjoy! 🙂
Official Park website: Plitvice Lakes website
Bus lines: Putovnica.net
Accommodation close to the Plitvice: Booking.com