Plitvice Lakes is a Croatian wonder of sixteen turquoise-coloured lakes interlinked with dozens of waterfalls and zigzagging rivers. The fauna-rich foresty complex known as the Plitvice Lakes National Park is inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List for its unique natural beauty. The park can be visited at any time of the year.
Plitvice Lakes can be easily reached by bus from either Zagreb, Zadar, or Split. Buses stop at the entrance of the national park on request. Several Croatian travel agencies and hostels offer trips to the national park as a day trip from the mentioned cities, so ask at the reception or tour desk. Private transfer service can also be arranged.
Plitvice Lakes is not spoilt with a wide range of accommodation but upscale hotels and reasonably priced guesthouses are available, as well as Plitvice Lakes hostel options. The Information Office by the entrance may find you a homestay. There is a camping area located in the nearby town Korana (about eight kilometers from the park) but it cannot be reached by public transportation. Check the location of the desired property before making a reservation, as not all of the guesthouses are situated within a walking distance of the national park. Public transportation in the area is almost nonexistent, but some hotels in Plitvice Lakes provide a shuttle service. Advance booking is necessary in high season, from mid-June to late August.
Plitvice Lakes is an ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers. The park can be explored on several well-maintained paths, which range greatly on both difficulty and time. Few of the trails offer free boat transfers. Shopping facilities are limited to few kiosks and souvenir shops. Some snack stalls are available on-site as well, but for culinary experiences it is best to check the menu cards of the hotel restaurants nearby.
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