As soon as I had decided on Croatia as the first stop on my trip, I instantly put Plitvice Lakes National Park at the very top of my list of things to do whilst there.
I’d seen hundreds of articles online, all with stunning photos and beautiful descriptions of the National Park. I couldn’t wait to get there and experience it for myself.
It was amazing.
Consisting of sixteen lakes in total, there are two parts to the park – the upper lakes, and the lower lakes. The park gives you a few different options for routes to take based on what you want to see and how long you want to be walking for. We decided to take the 6 hour walk and explore the upper lakes first, followed by the lower lakes.
Upon arriving at the park, the first thing that struck me was just how clear and vibrant the colour of the lakes were. It ranged from blue to grey to green to turquoise, and these colours change depending on the time of the year, and the mineral content of the water.
The colour itself is produced by the water of Plitvice pouring down from the mountains over limestone rocks, moss and algae. The rocks then dissolve and are deposited into the lakes. These rocks then coat the floor of the lake in a white chalky powder, which aids to reflect the sky onto the water.
This has to be the most beautiful place I have visited thus far on my trip, and it was probably the first time in my life that I walked for hours and hours without spending most of the time complaining!
I hope you enjoy the photos!
One of the upper lakes
The stunning colour of the lower lakes
Information: Plitvice Lakes is open daily all year round between 7am and 8pm. There’s an entrance fee of 80 Kunas for adults for November – March, and 110 Kunas from April to October. Children under the age of seven can visit for free.