Discover Croatia’s best kept secret- Plitvice National Park
Croatia is best known for its beautiful coastal cities like that of Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik as well as its many islands. Almost everyone I meet who has been to Croatia has done an island sail cruise or visited these coastal towns and soaked up the sun on the stunning beaches.
Well, I’m here to let you know about one of Croatia’s best kept secrets, one which requires a drive inland through the mountains. A few hours inland from the coastal city of Zadar, Plitvice National Park can be found. The area is thick with lush green forest and undulating hills which hide one of the best natural landscapes I have come across.
The Plitvice Lakes are a series of lakes linked together by small waterfalls and offer some of the clearest waters around. Walking down steep cliff trails into the lakes area provides great views of the area and the aqua waters below. Once in the valley, small footbridges and walkways run alongside the many lakes and lead through the lush forest canopy. With the waters being so clear everything can be seen from the debris at the bottom of the lakes to the many fish swimming near the surface.
I remember seeing a photo of this place and researching tirelessly to find out where it was. When I discovered it was Croatia, it was quickly pencilled into our itinerary. Even at the cost of bypassing some other places, it was well worth the visit. There is not much more that can be said about this place and as they say a picture says a thousand words. So with that I will let the photos speak for themselves.