Hidden Croatia - The Plitvice Lakes - Plitvicka Jezera
When most people think of Croatia, they think of beaches and coastal resorts. Whilst it is true that the country boasts some of Europe’s best beaches and seaside towns and villages, what many people fail to realise is that is also has some wonderful scenery hidden inland, too.
Astonishingly, a massive seven per cent of Croatia’s landmass is made up of national parks. This accounts for almost 500,000 hectares – quite enough to keep even the most enthusiastic nature lover busy!
The Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka Jezera) is the most famous of all Croatia’s national parks; it is also one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Situated just off the main highway between Zagreb Croatia and the Dalmatia region, one of the park’s main attractions, besides the sixteen lakes themselves, are the waterfalls that interlink them and which are rich in limestone. The park is also home to many caves, forests and meadows, as well as a great variety of animal life including the brown bear.