Plitvice Lakes complex was established as a national park on April 8th, 1949. Since then, it has been the largest and the oldest national park in Croatia. It is placed in the sylvan-mountainous area, and it consists of sixteen lakes of different sizes that are recognizable by their beautiful dark blue and green color. The lakes are connected by cascades and waterfalls, and the main source of water comes from many rivulets and other water surfaces, close to that area.
The biggest lake Is Kozjak, and being 47 meters deep makes it the deepest lake in the complex, as well. The most beautiful waterfall is Milka Trnina’s Waterfall, which is named after a Croatian opera singer. The National Park is settled in the Plitvice plateau, which is surrounded by three mountains- Plješivica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak. Consequently, Plitvice lakes have an alpine climate. There are thirty caves in the complex, but only a few, like Golubnjača and Šupljara, are available to visitors. The fascinating thing about this amazing place is that all of them are connected.
Air, rocks and a constant stream of water coming from two different levels are the reasons for the formation of the new lakes and mountains. This also makes the lakes harder to research and analyze, but that combination works wonders for the vegetation in the area. Two-thirds of the national park is covered in forests. They are very important for the preservation of lakes, but they are also home for many rare animals, as well. Among those animals are brown bears, wolves, bobcats, and so on.
After Plitvice Lakes National Park became a part of UNESCO World Heritage register, tourism in this place has blossomed. Beautiful scenery, clear blue-green water, dense forests, and animals attract over one million visitors each year. Nature lovers can enjoy the fresh mountainous air, in the first place, but they can also hear interesting stories about its history. Many legends are surrounding this national park, but a fun fact is that every lake has a story because each one of them was named after a certain myth or historic event.
Visitors will be able to learn about customs of native people, because tradition is very important to Croatians, and that is transferred to the park as well. For the adventurous, there is hiking, cave tours, and sightseeing, for aesthetes there is nature, and for the curious, there are tails and legends. The best thing about this stunning place is that you don’t need a lot of money to visit it and have a good time.