Plitvice Lakes (Plitvice Lakes)
Plitvian lakes (ang. Plitvice Lakes, Khor. Plitvi&# 269; Ka Jezera) – National Park in the North-West of Croatia, located in the central part of the country, 160 km south of the Zagreb and 156 km south-east of Reka.
Plitvice Lakes Park spread out on a mountainous area of 29,482 hectares and includes a chain of 16 major and many small interrelated cascade rock lakes (the difference in the heights of the highest and lowest lakes – 133 meters), dozens of waterfalls, the largest of which height 78 meters and 20 caves.
More than 1260 species of plants and trees (including spruce, fir and beech) grow here, and a brown bear, wolf, lynx, eagle, owl, deaf and many other species of animals and birds.
Plitvice Lakes are one of the few places on Earth, where new waterfalls appear every year. Fallen foliage and branches of trees are covered with slave plants – calciffils, which, dying, mowy, forming solid deposits, overlapping rivers. Water gradually blurs them, resulting in new waterfalls, and the surrounding landscape.
Lakes are famous for their colors, water in them can have various shades – azure, green, gray and blue. Colors are constantly changing depending on the amount of minerals and microorganisms in water and angle of falling sunlight.
The status of the National Park Plitvice Lakes was obtained back in 1949, and in 30 years (in 1979), they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today it is one of the main natural attractions of Croatia, one of her business cards.
For the sake of preservation of natural equilibrium, it is categorically forbidden to swim in Plitvice lakes, and also you can not arrange picnics, breed fires and litter.
Each year, the National Parliament National Park is visited by more than 1 million. Tourists from around the world, for them there is a wide network of flooring, there are routes of electric trains and pleasure boats on electric traction.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is in a significant distance from the main resorts of the Adriatic coast of Croatia – 470 km from Dubrovnik, 274 km from Pula, 254 km from Split, 160 km from Zagreb and 156 km from Reka.
Most tourists come to the Plitvice Lake National Park as part of excursion groups – hundreds of Croatian travel agencies and almost all our tour operators offer excursion programs here.