On a recent visit to Croatia we spent a day hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site that contains more than twenty lakes connected by an intricate system of natural dams, waterfalls, streams and caves. A place of astounding beauty, the park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and a popular international attraction.
Our visit, early in the season on a gray and rainy day, was well timed as many of the paths that wind throughout the water features are narrow and can become quite crowded. A trail system, connected by water ferries and a tram/bus, connects the upper and lower lakes and provides an opportunity to explore the densely wooded areas of the park which are home to many rare species of plants and birds.
The park has multiple entrances and there are lodges at several locations within the park with cafes making it possible to spend the day here.