Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia: World’s natural gem protected by UNESCO

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Luscious nature, mesmerising waterfalls and fairy tale surroundings — meet Plitvice Lakes.

If you’re a nature lover, don’t miss out on visiting this stunning nature park.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest Croatia’s national park, but also the first. This unique area was proclaimed a national park in 1949, and it didn’t take the rest of the world to catch on. On October 26ht 1979 Plitvice Lakes became a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, because of its outstanding universal value.

The Park covers an area just under 300 km2 which sits between the Mala Kapela mountain range and the Lička Plješivica mountain range.

The park is world-famous for its system of 16 cascading lakes, called Upper and Lower lakes. The Upper lakes comprise of 12 larger lakes, and the Lower lakes have 4 smaller lakes. The lakes have unique colouring – azure, green or blue, and boast impressive waterfalls, with the tallest one being 78 meters.

The area of the Park is heavily forested, mainly with oak and beech, and plant life is vastly diverse  more than a 1000 different plants habituate this area, and 75 are endemic species.

Real-life Rivendell

The Park has seven routes around the lakes and four hiking and instructive trails you can use to explore and get to know the area more closely.

If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings, specifically, Rivendell, you’ll be excited to know that Plitvice was one of the top picks for a filming location of this Elvish realm. Once you get there, you’ll understand why.

If you’ve fallen in love with the idea of visiting this national park during your holiday and are looking for accommodation near Plitvice lakes, book your stay in Šimuni, and get to Plitvice in under 2 hours! If you’re wondering about the best time to visit Plitvice, besides summer, the Park is also beautiful off-season, in blooming spring and colourful autumn.

If you’re interested in an organised excursion and tour to Plitvice Lakes, you can book one at our Camp!

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