All you need to know about Plitvice Lakes

Jan 07, 16 All you need to know about Plitvice Lakes

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Europe and the largest one in Croatia. Its breathtaking landscapes attract countless tourists every year and they all feel fascinated by what they find. The natural charm of the 16 interlinked lakes and the natural phenomenon that occurs around them have engraved the park on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making them a must-see for everyone who has the chance. Click here to find accommodation ideas for Plitvice Lakes:

 

Flora and fauna

This is a highly forested park with fir and beec trees and a combination of Alpine and Mediterranean plants. Because the entire park has been formed as the result of several microclimates and the variety of soils and altitudes there are many types of plants that can be found there. In addition, the fauna of the park is also quite impressive, often unique for Europe. This park has the European brown bear, wild cars, wolves, eagles and many other species, so don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of something during your visit.

 

General rules of the park

When visiting during the summer, the eerie look of the lakes can be very tempting for a swim, but swimming and diving in the lakes is absolutely prohibited in order to preserve its beauty and the surrounding environment. Fishing is also prohibited, with the exception of analysis purposes, but permission from the state department is required. Furthermore, hunting is prohibited as well as letting dogs walk without restraint, because they might damage the plant natural environment. There are two lakes where tourists can sail with paddles.

 

Getting around

The lakes have numerous tracks that tourists can take, all varying in time and difficulty. To visit the park thoroughly you will need roughly 5 hours, so take your time and enjoy what you see. This is not an experience that you want to rush. Once you have paid the entrance ticket, a few tracks have bus and boat transfers that you will no longer have to pay for. Do keep your ticket close, because they place a stamp at every transfer. The sights are magnificent and you will love every minute spent in there. There is also a panoramic train that will take you on a specific path, so if you are not a fan of walking, this is also an option that you have.

 

When is the best time to go?

The park can be visited throughout the year, but during spring and autumn the water is of the highest quality. During the summer the vegetation is spectacular, so basically, this is a destination that can be visited anytime. Do keep in mind that the months of July and August are by far the most crowded, so in case you do visit Plitvice Lakes during those months, make time to go early in the morning, to avoid at least a part of the crowds.

 

Since there are many villas and hotels around the park, you will not have any problems in finding accommodation, regardless of when you want to visit this gorgeous destination.