The Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia was so special that it gets a blog post all to itself. Plitvice is located in the central part of Croatia, near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovnia, not very close to the Dalmatian coast and therefore off the beaten path. But I would go back to Croatia just to see this place again, it was so beautiful. If I could imagine a heaven on earth, I’m pretty sure Plitvice is what it would look like.
Plitvice has the distinction of being the oldest national park in southeast Europe, and also the largest national park in Croatia. It was founded in 1949 as a nature sanctuary for 73,000 acres of land, and was even made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its “outstanding natural beauty.” And here are some pictures to show you just how incredible Plitvice’s natural beauty really is…
Tori and I really enjoyed Plitvice because it was a combination of hiking and easy walking, and everywhere you looked your were surrounded by beauty and tranquility. Plitvice is full of natural waterfalls and lakes, and the colors of the water are out of this world. I’ve never been to a place so pure and unspoiled… Tori and I both joked about wanting to get married here, because the wedding pictures would be gorgeous.
This picture’s beauty reminds me of a quote by Henry David Thoreau: “My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature, to know his lurking places, to attend all the oratorios, the operas, in nature.” Plitvice Lakes is full of God’s lurking places.
Exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park was our last stop in Croatia, and it definitely makes the list of my favorite stops on our trip. I’m not sure if I’d call it my favorite place in Croatia, because its impossible to compare Plitvice to the Dalmatian coast; its like comparing apples to oranges. But if you make it to Croatia, I would say your trip is incomplete with seeing both 🙂
Next stop, BOSNIA.