How to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park | Croatia

Plitvice National Park
A lower level path
Plitvice Lakes
One of the main waterfalls

What is Plitvice Lakes National Park?

The park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. To explore Plitvice Lakes walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. The latter are the site of Veliki Slap, a 78m-high waterfall.

How did we get to Plitvice Lakes?

After the weather changing whilst we were in Venice in the previous blog post we packed up Bob, our campervan and headed round the coast to Croatia. 

342km and approx 5 hrs driving would be worth it for some sunshine.

The route we took crossed the borders of Italy into Slovenia and then into Croatia.  

Our intended destination was Porec but first of all we wanted to spend a couple of nights in the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Where did we stay when visiting the Lakes?

The campsite we chose was Camping Korana.  We hadn’t booked previously but as it was the end of the season we didn’t think we’d have too much trouble finding a pitch and we didn’t.  It was practically empty. 

We only spent 2 nights at this campsite in order to spend the day in the Plitvice Lakes National Park but it would be an excellent place to spend more time as its situated on the Korana river and offers a variety of activities such as canyoning, rafting, bathing in the river or horseback riding. 

As well as excellent shower and toilet facilities the site has a restaurant, bar and access to many different types of excursions around the park. 

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Campsite Korana Plitvice
Croatian Coast
How much did it cost to enter the Plitvice Lakes National Park

For an adult you’ll pay between £10 and £35 depending on the time of year and the time of day – you can get a discount for entering after 4pm.

Concession tickets are available with the relevant i.d..

Tickets can be bought at the entrance gates or online here. 

For more information please visit the main site for the National Park Here 

What’s the best way to explore the lakes?

Most people explore the park  by foot.  There are various hiking and walking trails throughout the park.  

In an area of the park you can take a ride on a boat from one side of the lake to another which gives you another perspective of this amazing place.

Get there early to avoid any busy periods and to see some of the beautiful waterfalls in a peaceful and uncrowded atmosphere.

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Chris on one of the lake paths
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View from the high path of Plitvice Lakes
How long do you need to spend at the Lakes to see it all?

There are several different lake tour programmes available from 1 – 2 hours up to 5 – 6 hours taking in different lengths of hikes and crossing different terrain. 

Check out this link for more information on the individual tours. 

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Plitvice national park
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One of the lower lakes at Plitvice
Important Information about the park:
  • An entrance ticket is required for every person entering the park.  Tickets can be bought at the entrance or online beforehand.
  • You must keep your ticket with you at all times whilst in the park.
  • Its advisable to wear appropriate footwear for hiking
  • If you are leading a group then the minimum number to achieve the group special price is 15 and all group bookings must be arranged with the sales department beforehand. 
  • Weather in the park can be unpredictable therefor some routes/paths may be closed and not accessible. 
  • Please bring appropriate clothing as it can get chilly in the shade and unpredictable weather can produce a sharp shower at any time. 
What does my ticket for the Plitvice Lakes National Park include?
  • Your ticket contributes  to permanent protection and landscape maintenance of the Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • a ride in a sightseeing Jeep
  • a boat ride
  • Use of the toilets throughout the park
  • 22 km of trails throughout the lake system
  • 36 km of hiking trails
  • a chance to see a unique wonder of the world
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Lynne on one of the trails in the park
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One of the beautiful waterfalls at Plitvice
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We drove to the Istria from the Plitvice Lakes National park and the directions can be found here.  

The journey was just over 3 hrs, 240km approx and a mix of motorway and A roads and some smaller country lanes.  

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2 thoughts on “How to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park | Croatia”

  1. Wow, just look at that marvelous, lush vegetation! Love it! Croatia is really high on my list– we were supposed to go to Slovenia and Croatia, flying into Venice, last fall but had to cancel due to lockdown. I will certainly be adding Plitvice Lakes to our future itinerary. Thanks for sharing!

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