When you think about travelling to Croatia, your thoughts probably take you to sailing to an array of islands, looking at the glistening coastline with amazing clear waters or taking in great architecture from different eras. But did you know that Croatia is also home to some of the most amazing waterfalls. In this series of travel tips of Croatia, we will be sharing the places to see the best waterfalls in Croatia.
Located under 2 hours from the capital Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes is the most well-known and stunning of all waterfalls in Croatia. A UNESCO world heritage site, there are currently 16 lakes which can be seen from the surface. This is split between 12 lakes which are situated in the upper lakes section & 4 lakes situated in the lower lakes section. The water is described as distinct from azure green to crystal clear blue. For those paying a visit, there are visual guides available to help traverse around the park and explore all of the lakes. There are wooden boardwalks that take you up close to the water and on some sections there are electric boats so you don’t need to walk all day. It can get very busy during the peak season of July & August so if you can stay away from those two months, you will have more space and find prices are cheaper.
Just over 1 hour north of Split is the Krka National Park. Home to many waterfalls, Krka National Park is the perfect place to see the waterfalls if you are staying on the Dalmatian Coast. The longest of these waterfalls is Skradinski Buk. Here you will find traditional water mills & washing columns that utilized the water to generate power. These mills still exist but are used as shops and exhibition areas for visitors.
Another must see at Krka National Park is the island of Visovac. This island that was home to the Franciscan Monks since the year 1445 and houses a monastery with many remarkable artifacts & books. The monastery was built in 1576 and was rebuilt in the 18th century. There are boats that can ferry you to the island from the national park.
You can’t beat Plitvice National Park for the best waterfalls in Croatia. Being relatively close to the capital Zagreb and with many flight options, you can easily get down to this beautiful national park. If you can avoid the peak tourist season, Plitvice is the place to visit. If you aren’t making it to the capital and enjoying the sunshine and beaches of the Dalmatian coast, then Krka National Park is where you should go, especially as you can swim in the waters there.
We will explore more hidden gems of Croatia so keep your eye out.
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