Taking photos of the beautiful Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia – A Journey Of Light

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Ultimate Travel Guide For Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia is a fairytale adventure. Waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, cute little rowboats, and inquisitive european chubs, all make this destination one of a kind. The pristine level of this National Park is heartwarming and inspiring. With various ways to get around the park, it's a must do that you simply cannot leave off your bucket list!

Boardwalk through the forest in Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Fallen leaf on the pathway

Plitvice Lakes Travel Tips

Entry tickets are 120 kuna each. This includes any ferry or bus rides inside the park and access to all trails. There's large maps at the entrance and also on your tickets, which are easy to follow. At the top of the trail is an information board recommending 3 routes, depending on your fitness level and how much time you have. We ended up not really sticking to the recommendations and went our own way. You don't need to be very fit to do these trails, but disabled access is extremely limited.

Information Board for tourists visiting the Plitvice Lakes
Tree Roots next to the Plitvice Lakes
Walking along the boardwalk next to the lakes
Expanse of Plitvice Lakes

Best Route Around Plitvice Lakes

Our magical adventure took us from Entrance 2 > P1 where we then paddled around the lake in a hired row boat > a Ferry from P1 > P2 > walked all the way to St3 > caught a bus > St1 > walked around to P3 > Ferry to P1 > Walked back to Entrance 2.

Path options for tourists to Plitvice Lakes
Rent a boat and row around the Plitvice Lakes National Park
Rowing a boat around the Plitvice Lakes National Park
Row boats in Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia
2 Ducks with a nest in the middle of the Plitvice Lakes

Rent A Boat In Plitvice Lakes

At the first Ferry wharf, you'll find small row boats you can hire and row around the lake in! These are the cutest, and quietest way to get unique shots of the lake and some of the waterfalls. A romantic, private journey on the water is another way to make this trip special. I would recommend doing this once your legs have had enough, topping off the day!

Misty Waterfall during summer in Croatia
Mali Prstavac Waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia
Bridge over a waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Waterfalls and streams through the trees in Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Natural Beauty Of Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

The clarity of the water and lush greenery all around is purely inspiring. I was honestly filled with pure happiness the entire day here! Everything seemed almost magical! The perfect water, the perfect trees, the perfect waterfalls, the perfect walkways, the perfect duckies and fishies... oh I was filled with joy! I wanted to pull up a toadstool chair and start writing a magical tale filled with unicorns, fae and all things winged and glittery and never wanted to leave! This National Park is an absolute must-do attraction in Croatia!

Sitting on a rock looking out over the lakes
Fish in the very clear waters of the lakes
Fish and Ducks playing in the incredibly clear waters of the Plitvice Lakes

Walking Around Plitvice Lakes National Park

All throughout the park, under every walkway, in every pond and lake, alongside your boat will be dozens of European Chubs. Seemingly unfazed by all the tourists, the chill level of these fish is where I'd like to peak one day on a beach in retirement. But do be careful where you step, watch where you walk. The paths are not fenced and it can get a bit pushy with so many people wondering round with eyes everywhere except on the next step. It is illegal to litter, put anything in the water or physically go into the water yourself. So don't be 'that' tourist.

Eco-friendly electric buses take people around Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
Birds-Eye view of the Plitvice Lakes system during summer
Ferry takes people across the Plitvice lakes
Waterfall next to a boardwalk through the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Pristine Clean Environment of Plitvice Lakes National Park

With 16 Lakes and dozens of waterfalls and cascades, the small buses are a great way to see a little of a lot or take a break in between each trail.
We were greatly impressed by how many cleaners were around, ensuring no stray litter ended up in the water.  The litter free environment aided by limited food and drinks available in the park. I do suggest taking a bottle or 2 of water and your own snacks and lunch.

Trees in the clear waters of Plitvice Lakes
Multiple waterfalls falling into the Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes In Winter

Now that I've seen the wonders of The Plitvice Lakes in the summer, I must see it in the Winter! The lakes freeze over and it becomes a pure white snowy wonderland! Plitvice Lakes, Croatia have landed straight back onto my bucket list!

Sitting under a waterfall in Croatia

What destination have you been to that has inspired you beyond anything else before? Let me know in the comments!

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