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Parco nazionale dei Laghi di Plitviče

September 15, 2018 Travel Blog

Here we are finally in the middle of the Croatian woods. After a long wandering between mountains and country roads, we spend a quiet night in a small village called Plaški before reaching the Plitviče National Park. We realize that a fundamental thing has changed: here nobody speaks a word of Italian! After a first shock we felt immediately excited for this novelty, which actually made us finally feel 100% into this trip!
An uncertain weather accompanies us to the gates of the park. The organization is very articulated (too touristy, in my words) but it must be said that the place is truly unique.
The National Park of Plitvice Lakes (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosts a succession of 16 terraced lakes in a huge protected area, connected by spectacular waterfalls. The management of the park has installed numerous wooden walkways that makes possible to literally walk alongside the water, or climb stairs right next to the falls. Long stretches of hiking trails are covered by trains or boats, and you can also spend whole days exploring.
The views are truly unique, and the great plant and animal biodiversity is noteworthy. Fearing a downpour we chose one of the shortest and most concentrated routes (about three hours) but it was worth it!
Once we left the park, we made a decision. During the trip to Plitviče we could not help but appreciate the nature, the landscapes and the Croatian towns that we passed through.
So instead of going through Zagreb and then leave Croatia behind, we decided to deviate to the Adriatic coast.
More Croatia awaits us!

Plitviče national park