Croatia: Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. Situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, the park was founded in 1949 and covers about 300 km2. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers. The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation. The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – cover just under 1% of the total park area.
The lake system is comprised of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next, divided into the Upper and Lower lakes. The lakes end in the impressive waterfalls Sastavci, with the Korana River springing under the base of the falls.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors seven different routes to tour the lake system, and four hiking trails. The park is open to visitors year round, but the most suitable time to visit is in the spring months (March-June).