A trip to Croatia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. A chain of 16 lakes linked by the most amazing waterfalls is a sight you really don’t want to miss.
As we were staying near Pula, the Plitvice Lakes were a 3 hour plus drive for us, but I promise you, the long journey is worth it. We went on a group trip organised by our TUI rep but some people rented a car. There are pros and cons to each obviously, but the benefit of going on a coach is the ability to nap! I get that some people prefer the freedom of not being restricted on timings (I’m usually the same!) but our coach trip didn’t seem rushed at all.
When you arrive at the National Park, you’ll notice on all the tourist information boards that you have a choice of walks around the lake. They all explain which walk is suitable for you depending on how much time you have and what the terrain is like. The walks do have a few crossover points so you have to keep an eye out for the coloured arrows around the park which point you in the right direction.
One thing to note is that the Plitvice Lakes are extremely popular. They’re really beautiful so you can understand why everyone wants to visit but be prepared to wait in line at the popular photo stops and for a bit of congestion at some points. Me and Stu are quite easy going so it never bothered us but you could tell some people got frustrated at points. My advice is to just be patient and enjoy the view around you!
The lakes and surrounding trees bring together the most beautiful blues and greens – it’s simply stunning. We saw a bride and groom having some wedding pictures taken and they must have looked amazing!
Plitvice Lakes National Park shows off just how beautiful Croatia can be. When I thought of Croatia before I wouldn’t have imagined it was home to somewhere like the lakes, I just thought of Kings Landing in Game of Thrones, to be honest! It’s changed my view on Croatia and it’s always somewhere I recommend when people tell me they’ve got a Croatian holiday booked.