I remember the first time I saw a photo of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
An image of waterfalls spilling over a tree covered canyon forming turquoise pools below.
It that looked too unreal to be from this planet.
In 2013 I was finally making a journey to Croatia.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park was the main reason for this trip.
After learning more about Croatia I decided to stay in Split.
Split ended up being one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed.
And it was only a 2.5 hour drive to Plitvice(PLEET-veet-seh).
Almost Missed Out.
I had some great times in Split but I also made a HUGE mistake by losing my wallet.
Luckily for me I already paid for my Plitvice trip a few days before that unfortunate mishap.
Take my word for it. I would have raised Hell if I traveled that far to have my main attraction taken away from me.
Even with my situation I was still thrilled to see one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK.
Each year, over 1.1 million people visit the lakes.
If you’re traveling in a tour you have a greater chance of getting stuck at certain spots with other groups.
But there were plenty of times when we weren’t overwhelmed by other tourists.
If you’re exploring the lakes by yourself you should have ample time where you’re free from crowds.
PRICES AND HOURS.
The hours are 7 am-8 pm, 7 days a week, and the entrance fee is subject to change depending on the time of year you visit.
Jul & Aug – 180 HRK($27 USD)/80($12).
Apr-Jun, Sep & Oct – 110 HRK($16 USD)/55($8).
Jan-Mar, Nov & Dec – 55 HRK($8 USD)/35($5).
Very reasonable prices for what you’ll see and the time spent inside the park.
LAKES OF PLITVICE.
Currently there are 16 lakes and numerous waterfalls and cascades.
Waterfalls are constantly growing, evolving, and disappearing.
Which is what makes this park so fascinating.
The waterfalls of Plitvice are a result of travertine sediment buildup.
The travertine barriers grow at the rate of about 1 cm(0.4 in) per year.
Over many years they form new waterways while old ones dry up causing the area to always be changing.
The lakes are separated into the Upper and Lower cluster.
You can start from either side, but if you go from Upper to Lower you’ll be finishing your hike with a steep climb up.
If you stop at Kozjak, the park’s largest lake(4 km in length) you can take a free boat to the other side.
Hiking the entire park might be fun.
The boat ride actually made the trip even more fun for me.
If you’re only visiting the Dalmatian Coast I’d still recommend Plitvice.
Even though there are smaller falls closer.
Have you ever been?