October 4, 2015:
This morning we left Zagreb to drive down to the Istrian coast of Croatia, stopping along the way to visit Plitvice Lakes. This Croatian national park has long been on my travel bucket list, as those of you who follow my Pinterest boards already know.
Plitvice Lakes is a series of pools and waterfalls formed in the limestone hills in the central part of Croatia. The Croatians have done a great job of showcasing this natural beauty by building winding wooden pathways over and around most of the pools. The only caveats I would add are that because there are gaps between the planks in the pathways, hiking poles are not a great idea. and to try to go on a weekday, because the paths can get quite crowded and busy with the hundreds of visitors.
While the waterfalls aren’t as big or as tall as those in many other parts of the world, the park is simply beautiful with clear, clear water in amazing shades of green and turquoise! Ferns and other lush greenery frame the pools, and add to the feeling of cool lushness. Our visit was also perfectly timed because not only was the temperature cooler here now that fall has arrived, but the changing of the trees added to the great color contrasts.
Although we hiked for almost 2 1/2 hours, we still didn’t see but about half of the trails in the park. I hope a future visit will bring us back here to complete the park. It really was amazing!