Explore Plitvice Lakes by Foot

Boardwalk leading to waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park
The first Croatian national park (and the most popular in the country), Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s natural masterpiece. More than a park, it's a storybook locale conjured out of a romantic dream offering gorgeous views at any time of year. A must-visit for any traveler to Croatia, the UNESCO-protected park is comprised of an exquisite collection of 16 glassy emerald green and blue travertine lakes, more than 90 cascading waterfalls that seemingly cover every corner of the park, and numerous caves. The terraced lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. 

You can explore the park on your own or opt for a private, local guide to lead you on a number of defined routes of varying lengths to show you the most interesting areas of the park as well as offer insight into the significance of the region's history and natural features. One excellent way to take advantage of the stunning natural setting is to bring with you a bought lunch and a bottle of wine to enjoy a picnic. However you choose to explore Plitvice, it's best to arrive early in the morning before the mid-day crowds arrive.