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Overview

Introduction

The most famous and most visited attraction in Croatia. More people from abroad visit Plitvice Lakes each year than anywhere else in Croatia.

This outstanding national park is a UNESCO listed world natural heritage site with 16 terraced lakes joined by waterfalls that extend into a limestone canyon along some eight kilometres. The whole area is almost 300 square hectares in size and is essentially a forest reserve.

Cascading waterfalls create a patchwork of various shades of blue – from turquoise to sapphire. The colour of the water in the lakes changes constantly depending on recent rainfall and sometimes it is more blue green and others a deeper blue.

There are boardwalk type walkways and normal hiking trails with a choice of programmes-routes, the shortest 2-3 hours, middle range of 3-4 and 4-6 hours and the longest of 6-8 hours.

Electric boats convey visitors across some of the lakes and there are small shuttle buses to move people to various points - depending on which route is chosen.

Important information

  • There are no facilities at the park for persons with mobility challenges and wheelchairs cannot navigate the walkways
  • International groups are often seen rushing round Plitvice at speed and some of these just stay for 90 minutes, seeing only a fraction of the park. We strongly advise against this and would recommend spending at least one day at the park as an absolute minimum.
  • It is important to follow instructions (such as not feeding fish in lakes) and rangers patrol the park, they provide advice and often speak several languages.

 

Did you know?

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the Lika-Senj region of Croatia. This area is famous for delicious creamy (and hard) sharp home made cheese and delicious rustic type of cuisine using local produce and homemade breads.
  • There are a number of restaurants, cafes and snack bars at the park. Local restaurants serve excellent typical regional cuisine, distinctly different.
  • The word “slap” means “waterfall” in Croatian and you will see it on signposts.
  • Often Plitvice Lakes look completely different in winter, sometimes like a magical, frosted wonderland if there has been snow. Some visitors see images of this and return in winter for a few days, often combining this with a visit to Zagreb during the famous Advent Fair in December. Year-round flights from London to Zagreb, flight time, 2 hours.
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Getting There

Plitvice National Park can be reached by flying into these nearest airports.

Zadar - 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Flights to Zadar operate from London Heathrow or London Gatwick.

Zagreb - 2 hour drive

  • Year-round flights from London to Zagreb. Croatia Airlines and British Airways have flights from London Heathrow and Ryanair fly from London Stansted.

Rijeka - 2 hour drive

Split - 2 hours 30 minutes

Flights to Split from the UK.

  • Croatia Airlines flies from London Heathrow.
  • Jet2 has services from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Belfast.
  • EasyJet operates from Glasgow, Manchester, London Luton, London Gatwick, London Stansted and Bristol.
  • Wizz Air flies to Split from London Luton.
  • Domestic flights connect Split direct to Zagreb the capital, and direct to Rijeka and Pula on the northern Adriatic coast - these operate year-round. Flight time on all these routes is around 50 minutes.

Holiday Options

Holiday Options

Stay a couple of nights at Plitvice and combine with a few days in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia – drive between them is 2.5 hours – 30 minutes less from Zagreb airport.

Stay a couple of nights at Plitvice and combine with a stay on the Croatian Adriatic coast – there are numerous options. Biograd na Moru is under 1 hour 45 mins drive, Opatija Riviera is just over 2 hours , the island of Rab is 2 hours 30 mins (including 12 minute ferry crossing) and Split is 2 hours 30 mins drive.

Plitvice is located in the Lika- Senj region which is pure unspoilt nature. Some people base themselves for longer at a hotel near Plitvice and go fishing, river swimming, horse riding, visiting caves as additions to exploring Plitvice during their stay.

 

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If you’re travelling between Zagreb and Zadar, I'd strongly recommend allowing some time to visit this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage National Park. The stunning landscape of emerald lakes and magnificent waterfalls is a sight to behold. Arrive as the park opens and allow yourself the time to enjoy the wonder of Mother Nature without the crowds.

Noel Josephides
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Noel Josephides
Noel Josephides

If you’re travelling between Zagreb and Zadar, I'd strongly recommend allowing some time to visit this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage National Park. The stunning landscape of emerald lakes and magnificent waterfalls is a sight to behold. Arrive as the park opens and allow yourself the time to enjoy the wonder of Mother Nature without the crowds.

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