As you may know, a few weeks ago I travelled to Croatia for a wonderful four days. I posted some of my top tips about the town of Zadar but I also wanted to share some details about one of my favourite experiences in Croatia; the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you start to research a holiday in Croatia, these lakes will inevitably come up and they are well worth a The Lakes are located about two hours from Zadar and are accessible by bus from most places in Croatia. We used Bus Croatia to access the timetable and this was accurate for both times and prices.
The bus was spacious, air-conditioned and much more comfortable than I expected! When we arrived, an English guide boarded the bus and explained that there were two entrances to the park; one for the lower lakes and one for the upper lakes. We decided to start at the lower lakes and work our way up, to be collected from the upper lakes at about 5pm – the guide also told us the pick up times to return to Zadar.
Entry to the Lakes is 55, 110 or 180 Kuna, depending on the season which you can check here. They also offer a student discount so I got my entry slightly cheaper, which is always a bonus. I had researched the various routes available on TripAdvisor and decided that route C was the best choice. This route was estimated to take 4-5 hours and started at the lower lakes. We walked down some steep stone steps to the lower lakes and I was amazed by the clear and sparkling water. You could see fish casually swimming around everywhere, completely unfazed by all the tourists.
By following the signs for route C, we worked out way through the lower waterfalls to the boat. We then caught the boat, which is included in your ticket price, across to the upper lakes. These lakes were much larger and more powerful and we followed the paths right to the top of the park. Then we caught the train back down to the upper lakes entrance with about an hour until our bus arrived, so we timed it well enough that we could explore this area too. If you are only at the lakes for a day, I’d definitely recommend this route as you cover pretty much everything over a few hours.
The lakes are incredibly beautiful and they were my standout favourite part of my trip to Croatia. I would love to go back as every corner you turn there is a new ‘wow’ moment. The photos are obviously incredible (if I say so myself) but the sights themselves are even better. Have you ever visited Plitvice Lakes?