Plitvice Lakes National Park – Natural Fairy Tale
Millions of visitors each year come to enjoy the beautiful nature of Plitvice Lakes. We should not neglect visits to the Plitvice Lakes even during the winter when nature is mesmerizing with the snow scene that leaves every visitor breathless.
Areas of Plitvice Lakes are located on the border of the Mediterranean and continental climate and therefore have a specific occurrence of karst hydrography and rich flora and fauna that represents immeasurable value.
The highest point of Plitvice Lakes National Park is Seliski vrh of 1,279 meters and the lowest point is 367 meters and is located on the Korana Bridge.
The National Park is open all year round, but the best time to visit the National Park Plitvice Lakes is in the spring or early fall. The cheapest ticket is during the winter and costs only 55 HRK for adults, in the time of spring and autumn are 110 HRK while in the peak of the season from July 1 to August 31 is 180 HRK for adults. Keep in mind that children, students and groups of 15 people and more realize additional discounts on tickets for entrance to the park and that the price of admission includes the use of the ship on the Lake Kozjak and panoramic train and insurance of visitors during visits to the park.
How Plitvice Lakes Incurred
According to legend, the Plitvice Lakes were created after a long drought where people, animals, and plants longed for water. After a long prayer in the valley, the Black Queen appeared with her entourage and show mercy. Strong wind has begun to blow and finally started to rain. It was raining so long as the water level has grown enough to form lakes, and that’s the story.
What to See in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park consists of 16 lakes which gradually spill over from one to another in the length of 5,460 meters, and lakes are situated between Mala Kapela and Pljesevica in Lika.
The most beautiful and the most attractive part of Plitvice Lakes National Park covers an area of about 8 km in length where are the lakes and waterfalls and best-equipped tourist paths with kilometers of wooden bridges and trails that allow close contact with waterfall and lakes. You’ll need to spend several days if you want to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park in full and take a map with you. Because of this, in the National Park are developed various variants of the day tour due to the time which each visitor has at their disposal.
Therefore, do not forget to explore the Upper lakes, even 12 lakes separated by natural barriers, and they are Proscansko, Ciginovac, Okrugljak, Batinovac, Veliko jezero (Big Lake), Malo jezero (Small Lake), Vir, Galovac, Milino jezero (Mile’s Lake), Gradinsko jezero (Gradina’s Lake), Veliki Burget (Big Burget) and Kozjak. The largest and deepest lake is Kozjak, and behind him is Proscansko. The forest is all around of those lakes and around parts of waterfalls. The lakes are magnificent because of its dynamics of constant growth and transformation.
If you visited the Upper Lakes, is not a reason not to visit the Lower Lakes (Milanovac, Gavanovac, Kaludjerovac and Novakovic Brod), and reach the canyon where over the limestone cliffs high over 78 meters overflows the Great Waterfall (Veliki slap) and the highest waterfall in the country.
Due to the impact of the spread of limestone the water from the falls is constantly moving and therefore changing the size, shape and even the number of lakes. Therefore, a crown to the aqueous symphony is Sastavci with 72 meters high waterfall. The natural values of the National Park include about 30 caves, some of which are very special and that have incurred in the sediment under the waterfalls.
Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Since the Plitvice Lakes National Park are partly located in Lika, the most wooded part of Croatia, opportunities for hiking there are many. Try to find a hiking trail Medvedjak which is long 8 km and have a panoramic view on part of the Plitvice Lakes, and the area between Mala Kapela and Pljesevica.
By riding a bicycle on marked trails can fully experience the National Park and learn about forest ecosystems through very instructive recreational paths Corkova uvala and Plitvice.
In the area of Plitvice Lakes is a settlement Mukinje which has three ski lifts and a ski slope with a length of about 1km. It is an ideal for beginners, amateurs, and families with small children.
If you want to eat something authentic and local, such as lamb meat from the spit, baked meat, donuts and strudel with homemade jam be sure to visit the restaurant Licka kuca.