Summer escape to Croatia’s most beautiful place

Aleta Fimbres 07/03/2013

Plitvice Lakes National Park

When it gets hot this summer, escape to the cool, inspiring Plitvice Lakes National Park…

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The stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Lika region of Croatia and is an amazing place to visit as you meander your way around Central and Eastern Europe. Surrounded by the mountains Plješevica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak, (part of the Dinaric Alps) the 16 blue-green Plitvice Lakes are a sight to behold, and will quickly fill your camera’s memory chips, so be sure to make space for all the beauty you will behold.

Explore these amazing lakes, (each separated by natural dams of travertine), easily accessable on the Plitvice plateau, and be sure to check out the waterfalls connecting the lakes; the tallest waterfall is Veliki Slap at 70 meters (230 feet) tall.

The Plitvice lakes area boasts a large variety of interesting and colorful flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy walking and hiking the many pathways and trails to the ideal picnic spot, or exploring the lakes by boat. Of course, with such beauty, swimming in the lakes is not allowed (not even by accident), so if you’re at Plitvice and it’s hot and you want to swim, just a few kilometers north you can swim in the Korana river, which can be accessed via the village of Korana. The park itself has 3 hotels and a campsite, otherwise visitors can find accommodation at any of the number of villages and cities nearby.

Photo: Zlatko Capan (cc)

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