Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera [Plitvice Lakes National Park] is a 300-square-kilometer expanse of wooded hills dotted with turquoise lakes. The park has 16 crystal clear lakes, which are connected by hundreds of waterfalls and cascades.
The area is divided into two distinct parts, the upper and lower valleys. The Upper lakes, formed in dolomite rock, are large with slightly sloping shorelines, and consist of Prošćansko jezero, Ciginovac, Okrugljak, Batinovac, Veliko jezero, Malo jezero, Vir, Galovac, Milino jezero, Gradinsko jezero, Burgete and Kozjak. The Lower lakes, formed in the narrow limestone canyon, are small with steep banks, and consist of Milanovac, Gavanovac, Kaluđerovac and Novakovića Brod.
The park is an area of exceptional biological and geological diversity. The forests alongside the waters are home to some large carnivores, including brown bears, grey wolves and Eurasian lynxes. Wild cats, otters and badgers can also be found in the park. The bírd life of the park is also divers: 168 species have been recorded, including eagles, peregrine falcons, owls, woodpeckers and tits.
There are eight circular trails around the lakes. Visitors can walk along wooden footbridges and pathways, meandering along the shores and across the rumbling waters. Kozjak, the largest lake in the park, can also be explored by electric boat. In addition, electric buses run along some parts of the trail. There are also four hiking trails in the hills of the park. Wandering off the designated walking trails and swimming in the lakes is not allowed.
There are also hotels and restaurants in the park.