Plitvice Lakes, Croatia Natures Cascading Swimming Pools
Plitvice Lakes is a masterpiece of natural design of mountains, small gentle waterfalls that pour crystal blue water into many small lakes that make the best man made pools look like a child’s work. Located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, between the mountains of Mala Kapela and Plješevica it is one of the oldest national parks in Europe, and a natural wonder worth a visit.
A total of 16 small lakes along the Bosnia and Herzegovina border make the Plitvice Lakes. Located next to each other along a trail that connects them all, its worth visiting each one to see the different colors. Thats true, each of them have unique color ranging from blue, green to azure and even grey depending on the minerals deposits that flow into each of them from the lakes higher up the Karst region to ones below. To conserve and protect the region Plitvice Lakes National Park was formed in 1949.
How Was Plitvice Lakes Formed?
Over thousands of years water from the uphill region of Karst moved down eroding the mineral rocks. The higher momentum resulted in the darker minerals being deposited in the higher lakes and the less colored lighter minerals in the lakes below giving the gradient water effect across the lakes. Natures craftsmanship at work!
The Best Time to Visit Plitvice Lakes
The Plitvice Lakes are beautiful all year round, but if you plan to swim you are better off travelling in the summer which is May, June and July. You do have to deal with peak tourist season in summer. Some tourist do brave swimming in early fall and late spring, but we dont recommend it. If you like seeing great places a winter visit also highly recommended.
Getting to Plitvice Lakes Croatia:
By Plane:The nearest airports are Zadar, Zagreb and Rijeka.
By Train: The nearest train stations are Josipdol and Plaski.
The Last Mile: You have to take a bus or hire a car. Surprisingly no direct public bus transport
Wildlife in the Plitvice Lakes region include: bears, wolves, deer, rabbits and foxes. Its is also home to 100+ bird species and many kinds of butterfly.