Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. June 2019

Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. It was declared Croatia’s first national park in 1949 and in 1979 designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. Covering an area of 300 square kilometres, the park has 16 named large lakes and several smaller, unnamed lakes. Due to the geological substrate and characteristic hydrogeological conditions, the lake system is divided into the Upper and Lower lakes. Almost eighty per cent of the park is covered in forest.

It’s a bit of a faff getting a ticket, it has to be bought on line, the online ticket confirmation has to be printed out, and taken to the ticket office at the park to be exchanged for a ticket, which then has to be taken to the person at one of the park entrances, who will allow entry. The tickets are timed entry and you can’t get in before the time on the ticket. The day I visited the park tickets had sold out, so it was packed with people.

There are walkways and trails around the park, designed so one can see the best of the lakes, water features and waterfalls. Some of these photos show a section of the walkway with queues of people waiting to get to see the waterfalls. Thankfully not all of the park was like this, and I did manage to find some walkways or trails where there were fewer people, and quieter parts of the park. I was there for six hours, so I only had time to do the lower lakes, the Great Waterfall, and part of the eastern side of the canyon.

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