Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatian: Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera, pronounced [plîtʋitsɛ], colloquial Plitvice) is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Littered with stunning waterfalls, the park draws coach loads of tourist each year. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Mediterranean coastal region.
The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90 percent of this area are part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10 percent are part of Karlovac County. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 900,000 visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to charges. Strict regulations apply.
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My Plitvice Diary Entry
Our guesthouse called Plitvice House was pleasant, we had nice rooms and we were a stones throw away from the local restaurant. By the time we’d driven to the gueshouse (from Split airport) it was fairly late in the day, so we simply ventured to said local restaurant and enjoy the unquantifiable pleasure of deep fried cheese.
The next morning after some much needed sleep, we set out for the lakes, the reason we had come to Plitvice, and the reason thousands of other tourists had too. After finding a parking spot we wandered to the national parks entrance, paid our entrance fee and began to explore.
First stop on the exploration trail was an ice cream, followed by a small boat ride across part of one of the lakes. We enjoyed the boat ride so much, that we took another straight after, this was our big mistake! As it turns out our tickets only covered a one way boat trip, we couldn’t get back, and we’d so missed so much of the lake area, the centre piece in fact. I was gutted! Still, the rest of what we saw was gob smacking. We walked around the lower lakes area taking in the many waterfalls. The heat made the trek a little bit sweaty, but it was a great days hiking.