I must admit that I was little disappointed when I arrived in Croatia. Our first stop happened to be the famous Dubrovnik and walking around the, albeit beautiful old town I felt my heart sink. We had just left Bosnia, a relatively non-touristy area and dumped ourselves slap bang in the middle of throngs of camera laden, socks and sandals individuals; and it made me sad that none of us could truly enjoy the atmosphere of the historic old town. The catch 22 of wanting to travel the world; so does everyone else!
Plitvice Lakes National Park; situated in central Croatia, is a place that we were urged to visit by friends who had just done a similar route and boy – it did not disappoint! While arguably as touristy as Dubrovnik, the gorgeous turquoise waters and greenery that surrounds them more than makes up for the people around you; plus the length of the walk definitely allows you to space out and pace yourself. The national park is huge, which is impossible to experience all in one day and we only had a few hours; so decided to visit just the lakes on a route which took around 3-4 hours to walk.
The walk consisted of 16 terraced lakes, with waterfalls linking many of them. No swimming allowed has meant that the park has retained all of its natural beauty, with clear waters, massive fish and pure pure paradise. If you go to Croatia and don’t tick this off of your list, you are seriously missing out!
Has anyone else been somewhere and just been in complete awe that our planet could be so amazing? I’d love to hear about it!