Waterfalls everywhere! Croatia’s Plitvice National Park


Thursday, October 16, 2014

When I decided to go to Croatia it was because of the coast along the Adriatic Sea and its many islands. I wasn’t even aware that one of the most amazing places in the world — a park full of waterfalls — was an hour or two inland, far from the coast. Then someone back home asked me in an email if I was going there. I looked at some photos. Wow! I sure wanted to get there — but it didn’t look easy to get to by public transportation.

And then… I got really lucky! The two guys with a rental car that I was tagging along with announced that they were going there. To Plitvice! Perfect!

Imagine walking through lush greenery and seeing waterfall after waterfall with each step and each turn of your head!
That’s Plitvice! It’s a waterfalls park!

My Plitvice Waterfalls Park experience

We drove, so we parked our car (50 kuna) and took the short walk back to the where we bought our tickets (110 kuna, $18.37 per my bank) at 12:15.

Then we examined the very large map in the parking lot to decide which of the walks we would do. There are several options and as I recall, the estimated time it takes for each is given.

Map of one of the Plitvice Waterfall routes

One of the possible routes through Plitvice’s waterfalls.

 

Plitvice's tram

The tram to our selected starting point.

Then our visit started with a walk from the parking lot to a tram. The tram took us to the start of our walk — the start of the paths through the waterfalls.

Path into Plitvice's waterfalls

Starting our walk into the magic of Plitvice’s waterfalls.

We walked just a little bit before we were under the Plitvice waterfalls spell.

And then the magic…

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At some point, we took a boat. Then we continued into yet more magnificent waterfalls. These last shots are the ones commonly shown when people display images of Plitvice.a Plitvice waterfall2014-10-16_14.29.16_Plitvice-Lakes-National-Park_[Lumix-939]

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a Plitvice waterfall As we were enjoying waterfall after waterfall, we realized the day had passed and we were coming close to the time of the last tram of the day!

When we reached the end of our selected walk, we were happy to see others waiting for the tram. We were all nervous as it was not coming, but luckily, we didn’t miss it! This is me with the tram at 18:06, aka 6:06pm. We had enjoyed the park for about 5 or 5.5 hours.

the last tram back to our parking lot

 


In 1979 Plitvice was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage of Cultural and Natural listing.

Learn more about Plitvice Waterfalls Park in Croatia

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Where to stay when visiting Plitvice Waterfalls Park in Croatia

Getting us there was the guys’ job. My first assignment with them was to find us a place to sleep as we arrived in the Plitvice area fairly late in the evening.

2014-10-16_09.08.20_Deb-at-Apartment-Sara-before-Plitvice-Lakes-National-Park_[Lumix-P818]I found Apartment Sara Plitvice on hostelbookers and a couple of other sites, then found their direct number to inquire and book.

(I don’t book through those booking cartels due to the huge amount of money they take; your “deposit” never gets to the renter.)

We loved Apartment Sara Plitvice. We had a guest room that we entered from the side of the house. Quite nice. Great owners.

Contact information:

Grabovac 254
47245 Rakovica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia 47245
Ivanka: +385 98 4559 28

 

There are many small guest houses around the area. This is not a hotel/resort type of area.

Restaurant option near Plitvice Waterfalls Park

We got lucky with dinner too. We were not carrying food and we were very hungry! There was a restaurant just a few steps away — Restaran Plitvicka vela — and we got there as it was closing. Fortunately, the staff allowed us to come in and eat.

Contact information:
Grabovac 257
Rakovica
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Phone: 047784498
plitvickavrela.hr/index.php/en

 

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