After that drama was over we found our guest house which was in a very small village in the country. You could smell the nature! After being in so many stinking hot cities the country was a welcome break. Our guest house in Plitvice had a kitchen which was useful as there were no restaurants nearby and plenty of deck chairs to laze about in the garden with, we even saw a deer go right past us one evening.
The actual Plitvice lakes were a real highlight of our entire trip. We went in at gate 1 at exactly 7am when they opened. The reason being that it was much cooler at this time of the day and there were literally us and three other people. The first few steps you take into the park are breathtaking as there is a huge waterfall as soon as you walk in.
The lakes from gate 1 are the lowest point of the gradient so we were walking up stream the whole time, it is a fairly easy walk though it was just when the heat got up that it became more difficult. The lakes are all a stunning turquoise colour and most of the time so clear you could see fish swimming. We really enjoyed the early morning walk because as time went on more and more people arrived and by midday it was so difficult to walk along the path and enjoy the scenery as you were literally being pushed around by hoards of day trippers.
During the six hours we were there we walked around 15 kilometres and took a short boat ride which was included in the ticket (it can only be used once though so unless you leave through a different gate you will have to walk back). We chose not to take any buses as we didn’t see the point in missing out on the spectacular scenery. This place is well worth the trip from wherever you are in Croatia, but I would advise that you actually stay there so you can get in early and avoid the crowds. Another piece of advice if you are visiting, take your own supplies as there is no water stands or food places until you reach an entrance or by the boat.
Plitvice National Park is such a gem in the middle of this beautiful country and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my day walking around this Natonal Park. I would highly recommend visiting.
Have you visited Plitvice National Park?