Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Plitvice Lakes Municipality Tourist Board
16 terraced lakes, falls, caves, woods, restaurants with a rich gastronomic offer, hotels, campsites
A1 – Exit 10, Otočac
The only natural value in Croatia on the UNESCO World Heritage List
The Plitvice Lakes are situated somewhat further from the motorway, which is good, but not too far not to be “enroute” and visited on the way to the sea. It is definitely one of the places to come with someone dear to the heart, holding hands or embracing and walking around the magical landscape surrounded by the sound of the falls and the crystal clear water. You can also come alone with a smile on your face to greet all the living creatures around you, the ones flying, crawling, swimming, running … or to stop for a second with your camera that you surely must have with you and catch the last ray of sun on the drops of dew before they dry. Words are needless when speaking of the frozen falls that resemble lacework. This is unconditionally to be seen and experienced with your own eyes.
Did you know?
It is said that Prošćansko Lake got its name from stakes or the legend of the Black Queen who people “begged” to send rain during the great drought and soak the thirsty earth. The queen took pity on them, covered the sky with black clouds and rain fell and fell until the lakes were formed. This lake is third in size and second in depth. .
Turning from Motorway A1 for Plitivice Lakes at Otočac, Exit no. 10, and in about an hour you are across Vrhovina and Korenica and along the old road D1 (E59) to Plitvice Lakes.
The park has two entrances, north or Entrance 1 opposite the restaurant Lička kuća and the south one or Entrance 2 opposite the turning for hotels Plitvice and Bellevue. The visitors have at their disposal 10 various programs and sight-seeing that includes walking along the trails and wooden bridges, riding the panorama train and electrical boat on Lake Kozjak. The panorama train and the electrical boat connect the Lower and Upper Lakes and are included in the price of the ticket.
All information is available at the info center at the entrance.
Walking, hiking, riding the electrical boat and train, photography, cycling, skiing, rowing.
Plitvice Lakes ara a world jewel of inestimable value. Their specific beauty is a refuge for nature lovers and an inspiration for artists, and the unique and rich nature an exploration polygon for scientists.
Visit Štefanija’s islet on Lake Kozjak
The islet was named in honor of Queen Štefanija who visited Plitvice Lakes on September 5, 1888. Queen Štefanija was the first woman from our famous Hapsburg - Lotarin dynasty who visited the lakes 70 years after Queen and Empress Caroline had visited them in mid June, 1818.
Hiking trail Medvjeđak is an arranged and marked hiking trail that leads to the peaks Oštri Medvjeđak (889 m above sea level) and Tupi Medvjeđak (868 m above sea level). The view from peak Oštri Medvjeđak reaches up to Lička Plješivica, Una Valley (Bihać), Korana Valley, Drežnik Grad and Ličko Petrovo Selo. The view from peak Tupi Medvjeđak overlooks six Plitvice Lakes, Lička Plješivica and Mala Kapela.
Špoljarić sawmill and water-mill is located in Korana village. It is a traditional farm building and a cultural heritage construction showing the old manner of grinding wheat. The mill is set in motion by the strength of the water.
Šupljara is a cave located along the eastern edge of the Lower Lakes, in a limestone canyon, above the trail that leads to Kaluđerovac Lake.
Baraćeve Caves are located at about 16 km from Plitvice Lakes National Park. They are connected to the underground flow of the Korana River that emerges from the waters of the Plitvice Lakes and Plitivice stream. They consist of three caves: Velika and Mala (Big and Small), Gornja and Donja (Upper and Lower) and Nova (New) Barać Cave. The entrances to all three caves are located on the north side of Baraćeve brine where the source Baraćevac is located.
What to See
The current offer of the Plitvice Lakes is a program that enables visitors to get to know the area through walking, taking photographs, rowing, riding the panorama train and electric boat, hiking and skiing. In the park area the buildings with traditional crafts are particularly valuable and they are set in motion by water: mills, saw-mills and bowl-shaped vessels for drawing water that are gradually being renewed and presented to visitors.
Where to Eat
A unique ambience in a traditional Lika region structure where guests are offered traditional Lika food such as prosciutto, basa cheese, spit-roasted lamb, Lika soup, various types of meat with potatoes baked under the baking lid, grilled meat, potato halves, trout, sour milk and Lika doughnuts.
tel.: +385 (0)53 751 382
Restaurant POLJANA with rich traditional meals, Tel.: +385 (0)53 751 382
Restaurant BORJE, Tel.: +385 (0)53 751 777,
Restaurant MACOLA, Tel.: +385 (0)53 776 170
Restaurant BABIĆ, Korenica, Vranovača 53/1 Tel: +385 (0)53 776 779
Where to Stay
Within the boundaries of the national park, in its lake area there are the following:
Jezero ***, tel.: +385 (0)53 751 500
Plitvice**, tel.: +385 (0)53 751 100
Bellevue**, tel.: +385 (0)53 751 700
On the edges of the national park there are:
hotel Grabovac ***, tel.: +385 (0)53 751 999
Autocamp Korana ** tel.: +385 (0)53 751 888
Camp Borje ***, Borje - Korenica, Vranovača b.b,tel. +385 (0)53 751 790
There is also the possibility of private accomodation in rooms and apartments.