After visiting Zagreb for two days, I made a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park. 🏞️
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The park is spread across about 75,000 acres of land, yet its main attraction- the lakes- only covers 1% of the total park area.
There are 16 cascading lakes, Prošćansko and Kozjak being the most famous, and 90 waterfalls, including Veliki Slap, the Great Waterfall.
Because of its natural beauty, Plitvice receives about 1.5 million visitors each year! 😮
In an effort to limit the number of tourists and ease the flow of visitors each day, they’ve implemented a few successful programs.
Side Note: Students receive a significant discount, so book as a student if you have I.D. There are also two entrances separated by over 2 miles, so chose the correct one.
They also have eight programs for you to choose from during your visit, depending on how long you want to spend there and where you enter.
I chose Program H, which left from Entrance 2 and took about 5 hours. This reduced the stress tremendously, as all I had to do was keep following the signs with my letter.
Now, since the park is so large, they’ve also included transport in the ticket price. For example, Program H involved two tram rides, a two-hour hike through trails and raised platforms, and a boat ride across Kozjak Lake.
I’m normally an animal lover, but I also know I’m no snake charmer, so I went running. 😂
Of course, many people there opted for fashion over function. Yikes! 😂
Getting there: I chose to take FlixBus from Zagreb to Plitvice, then continued on to Zadar at the end of my day. The bus stops at both Entrance 1 and 2.
Food: the park does have food and drinks for sale, but it comes at a high price, so I opted for a packed lunch.
Activities: in addition to visiting the lakes, the park also offers a range of hiking trails and activities for those planning to spend more than one day at the park.🛶
Accommodation: Initially I planned to stay one night at Falling Lakes Hostel in nearby Korenica, which had great reviews, but since rain was in the forecast for the following day, I decided to head straight to the beach instead! On that note, the next 10 days I will be exploring Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Stay tuned to hear all about it!👙🐚