I’ve never really been huge on the outdoors. Like most kids from ethnic upbringings, camping and outdoor activities were largely sparse, replaced by an array of extra curricular activities outside of school hours, and of course tutoring. Perhaps this deprivation of sorts has led to an innate desire to seek out beautiful places, and the older I get the more conscious I become about ensuring I appreciate as much of the incredibly diverse and beautiful scenes of mother earth.
This is difficult. As I avoid difficult trekking and hikes like the plague, partly due to a crippling fear of heights, partly because insects are just the absolute worst.
This is why Plitvice (Plitvička Jezera) in Croatia, was perfect for me. With the main walks in the park guided by flat wooden boardwalks to navigate your way through the incline with breeze, I had no idea I had walked near non stop for 4 hours. Unsurprising when you’re bewitched by the park’s simply magical scenes. Filled with stunning waterfalls, turquoise coloured lakes so beautiful you need to see it for yourselves to believe the colour, giant butterflies and dragonflies, an abundance of fresh air and nature untouched, water teaming with marine life. It’s almost like a scene out of a Disney movie, you know the one’s where the princess joyfully sings in a beautiful forest.
Plitvice feels like a paradise of sorts, and I am glad I had the chance to experience this little slice of Croatian paradise. You will see why it’s Croatia’s number one attraction, in a country that is not short of idyllic sites to visit.
How to get there/Costs
A cheeky one hour drive south of Zagreb or north of Zadar.
A day ticket (I felt this was ample) will cost you 110 Kuna (23 AUD). 2 day tickets for 180 Kuna are also available.
The ticket includes a boat ride between the lakes and different tracks.
Which entrance should I start at?
I started at Entrance 1 (Ulaz jedan), which starts at the lower end of the lake system. This is where the famous Sastavaci falls (below) can be seen from a birds eye view, emptying into the expansive Korana gorge below. An amazing sight. This allowed us to work our way up to the top of the system.
Can I swim in these lakes?
Unfortunately not. The lakes are UNESCO World Heritage listed. There are several alternative beautiful water locations you can enjoy a swim in, including Krka Waterfalls near Split, or any of the islands (Pag, Hvar, Split)!