The Plitvice Lakes National Park
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The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the most famous tourist attraction in Croatia. Over time, the mineral-enriched waters of Plitvice Lakes have produce many series of lakes, waterfalls and caves as travertine continuously form natural structures within it. This is normal since the lakes are situated in a limestone region. The continuous process of forming travertine as time passes by has created magnificent views in the place, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1979.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is composed of 19.5 hectares of series of lakes, waterfalls, and woodland. Various animal species can be found there including European brown bear, eagle, wolf, owl, wild cat and many more. The woodland is also rich in forest greens such as Mediterranean and Alpine vegetation in addition to the commonly found flora. Because of this, there are hiking trails around the National Park for tourists. It is also good for sightseeing as there are series of wooden walkways built as well as shuttle and boat services in order to appreciate the lakes’ beauties. However, swimming in the lakes is strictly prohibited in order to maintain its clear turquoise color.
The best time to visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park requires no seasonal adjustments. During winter, the falls and lakes are mostly frozen creating a breath-taking view to the place. In summer, the park is very lively as there is bright green scenery on the woodland and the falls are continuously running. During spring, it is heart-warming to watch the half-frozen water in falls and lakes transform completely into a running water system. And in fall, it is lovely to see the whole National Park as it prepares for the coming winter.
There three hotels available in the Plitvice Lakes as well as numerous private accommodations available in the local villages. Entrance fee is around 55-100 kunas for adults depending on the season. The price for entrance tickets are cheaper for children and discounted price is applicable for a group of fifteen or more individuals. If you want to get away from life’s stresses, have a nature-inspired vacation at Plitvice Lakes National Park!