Top 8 Tips for Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

0
449

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the prime attractions in Croatia and it’s best known for its lush forests, crystal clear turquoise lakes and cascaded waterfalls. It’s quite a candy for nature lovers and an impressive walk in the park for the rest.

Once you get there, there’s a lot to enjoy, except maybe for the queues of tourists – needless to say, Plitvice is best visited in off peek hours (or even off peek season). But in any case, the park should be on your bucket list and you’ll see why in a minute.

Avoid Peek Hours

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to avoid peek hours. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

Following the beaten path after entering the park through the main entrance, you’ll already be captivated by the views that you’ll want to explore closer. The majestic waterfalls and canyons can be seen from the narrow paths up high.

However, try to avoid peek visiting hours (and even the peek of the season) if possible. Thousands of tourists visit the park everyday and it may get so crowded that most of the paths become one big queue.

Try Detouring from the Beaten Paths

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to try detouring from the beaten paths. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

The park consists of paths you can follow and take tours – be prepared to walk some 5-10 km or more! Besides the main tour paths you can take less beaten trails deeper into the forest. Don’t be afraid to get lost, though – being a protected national park it’s well supervised and you won’t exactly wander far off on our own.

Walking off beaten path gives you the opportunity to discover more secluded areas of the park where few tourists have been before. You’ll have a lot more great photo opportunities and satisfy your wanderlust even more.

Watch Out for the Slippery Paths

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to watch out out for the slippery paths. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

Some of the paths might get quite scary as they go just above the lake water without any protective rails while getting slippery. On a crowded day they can be dangerous to pass through!

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to watch out out for the slippery paths. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

With the paths getting crowded and with so much wonderful scenery around you, it can be a lot easier to slip if than you might think. So if you don’t want to get your feet wet, be extra careful there.

Take a Boat Trip on Lake Kozjak

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to take a boat trip on lake Kozjak. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

The lakes in Plitvice park are truly amazing and they make the place what it is. There are 16 lakes which are grouped into 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. The biggest one – Lake Kozjak – connects both groups of lakes and there’s a ferry that operates to take tourists across. Having this short boat trip adds to the whole experience, although you can also take the long route and walk around the lake on foot.

Check out these awesome pictures of the Lake Kozjak in Plitvice Lakes National Park, #Croatia #travel #photography @tasteontheway

Check out these amazing pictures of Plitvice lakes in #Croatia - it's captivating! #travel #photography #hdr @tasteontheway

And while you can’t swim in these lakes (as much as you’d like on a hot summer day) these ferry trips can be quite refreshing after a long walk through the park.

Look Out for Wild Life Around You

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to look out for the wild life. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

The waters in the lakes are some of the clearest in the world and they’re known for their range of color. The actual color of the lakes changes depending on quantity of dissolved minerals in the water and the amount of sunlight they get. That’s why you’ll see lake color ranging form azure and turquoise to blue and grey in different pictures. In all cases, they look spectacular.

This gives you an opportunity to see a whole lot of wildlife in the park. Take note of all kinds of fish swimming at your feet, birds casually swimming around, it’s possible to spot even some exotic species if you’re on the lookout.

Visit the Park in Autumn

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to visit the park in autumn. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

Come fall, the green leafy forests add even more color as they cover themselves in typical autumn oranges, reds and yellows. It’s a bit of a pity that we’ve come to Plitvice in late September when only some smaller trees have started changing colors. In any case, the park is spectacular during all seasons and it has something different to offer every time.

Visiting in autumn also gives you more freedom to explore the park as it is not overcrowded with tourists like it is in summer.

Get Closer to the Waterfalls Where You Can

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to get closer to the waterfalls. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to get closer to the waterfalls. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

The lakes in Plitvice park are interconnected by a system of underground and surface rivers that run through the rocky hills. That means we get to see these majestic cascaded waterfalls as water falls down the steep cliffs and rocky edges. You can get really close to some of them for some awesome pictures.

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is to get closer to the waterfalls. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

Each lake and some of the bigger waterfalls have names and these cute sign boards with some info on them such as the height. It’s a fun way to easily learn more about the park while enjoying your walks.

Look the Other Way for Beautiful Plants

One of the top #tips visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia is look the other way for beautiful plants. Check out for more! #travel #photography @tasteontheway

Plitvice Lakes park is not just about the lakes and waterfalls, it has such a rich fauna. The forests are huge and take up almost 300 sq. km which means there are thousands of species of trees, flowers and other plants. Spend some time looking away from the main attractions and look out for some beautiful flowers and other plants.

So these are our top 8 tips for visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park, we hop that they will help you get the best of your trip. Have a great journey! 🙂

Check out the top 8 #tips for visiting #Plitvice Lakes National Park in #Croatia #travel #photography @tasteontheway

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.