Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera [Plitvice Lakes National Park] is a 300-square-kilometer expanse of wooded hills dotted with turquoise lakes. The park features 16 crystal clear lakes that are connected by hundreds of waterfalls and cascades.
The area is divided into two distinct parts: the upper and lower valleys. The Upper Lakes, which were formed in dolomite rock, are larger 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, on the other hand, were formed in the narrow limestone canyon and are smaller with steep banks. They consist of Milanovac, Gavanovac, Kaluđerovac and Novakovića Brod.
The park boasts exceptional biological and geological diversity. The forests that line the lakes are home to some large carnivores, including brown bears, grey wolves and Eurasian lynxes. Visitors may also encounter wild cats, otters, and badgers in the park. As for birdlife, 168 species have been recorded, including eagles, peregrine falcons, owls, woodpeckers, and tits. Plitvice Park’s natural beauty and exceptional biodiversity have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are eight circular trails around the lakes that visitors can explore. They 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. For those who prefer hiking, there are also four trails in the hills of the park. However, wandering off designated walking trails and swimming in the lakes is not permitted.
There are several hotels and restaurants located within the park, providing visitors with convenient options for accommodation and dining. These establishments offer a range of services and amenities, such as comfortable rooms, delicious local cuisine, and stunning views of the lakes and surrounding forests. Additionally, there are souvenir shops and other tourist facilities within the park, making it easy for visitors to enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay.