Two Days In Plitvicka Jezera National Park, Croatia

Plitvicka Jezera National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I wasn’t surprised to learn that it was termed as a  UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1979. Comprising of several breathtaking lakes, mesmerizing waterfalls and caves waiting to be explored, this park is surely the most popular attraction in Croatia.

Plitvicka Jezera National Park

The park is scattered over a huge area of over 300 sq km’s so deciding how much you want to explore, based on time at hand, is a daunting task. I decided to spare two full days for the park and it was a wise decision. One day would be too less and anything more than two days wasn’t ideal since I had a huge bucket list on my Euro trip to sort through in 40 days.

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Awe Inspiring beauty of Plitvicka

Getting to Plitvicka is easy with daily direct buses running from Zagreb, Split, Zadar and Varazdin. However, I decided to rent a car and do the coastal drive from Split to Plitvicka (over 5 hours). Sadly, all GPS devices were rented out and I just had a rusty map, no 3g and my awful navigational skills to guide me to my destination.

Needless to say, the 5+ hour drive took over 8 hours as I got lost and wandered through villages (quite off the highway). However, no regrets as I loved every bit of it. Surely the left hand drive was challenging and took quite a while to get used to – but I have to say, pretty soon – I nailed it!

After my first adventure, I found my way to my cozy AirBnb apartment with lovely hosts and an amazing jungle vibe. Immediately, I felt like home and prepared for two awesome days of exploration ahead – by doing what I do best – napping.

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My wonderful experience in Plitvicka Jezera National Park

The next day, I made my way to the park in my jazzy rented wheels (I got a free upgrade so I was very happy zooming around in my Skoda Octavia). At the entrance, I decided to grab the two day pass for $27 (One day pass costed $16). I was given a map and I took sometime to go through it. There was so much to explore and so many routes one can follow. Basically, there were two entrances 1 & 2 – for lower and upper lakes.

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Plitvicka Jezera national park Entrance

Over the next two days, I hiked along all major routes, taking pictures of the amazing waterfalls and lakes from different angles and enjoying a bunch of different activities – boat rides, canoeing, hiking, cave exploration and photography. The walks are really easy to do with such scenic views along the way, you won’t have a second to get bored.

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Rowing around the lakes – Flat bottom boat included in entrance ticket

Lakes at the Plitvicka Jezera National Park comprise of clear, blue-green waters and are home to various species of fish. The park itself is adobe to deer, wolves, bear and many bird species. It is a haven for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts. To sight wildlife is quite tough and you would have to go off the routes on the map – into deeper, non-touristy tracks.

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Lone Ranger – Adorable duck enjoying clean blue waters of Plitvicka

At the end of two days, I was thrilled that I included Plitvicka in my itinerary (It was tricky to cover as I was mostly around Western Europe, so Croatia was a bit off-track). Croatia was my last stop in Europe and it ended up being the highlight. All thanks to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Plitvicka Jezera national park.

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Here are some more amazing pictures to give you a glimpse of Plitvicka, through my lens –

Walking Paths at Plitvicka

Walking Paths at Plitvicka

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Waterfalls galore

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Complimentary scenic boat rides inside the park

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Waterfalls as seen from the boat ride

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Plitvicka Jezera National Park View from Entrance 1

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Natural waterfalls interlinking with each other

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A duck with her 4 ducklings

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Nicely caved paths alongside lovely waterfalls

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Beautifully camouflaged dragonfly

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Another way of exploring the park – Jungle book style – lol

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Awesome view from your flat bottom row boat

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One of many benches placed idyllically to relax after a long hike

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Bidding adieu with a heavy heart

So have you ever visited Plitvicka Jezera National Park or plan to? Tell me about it in comments below – I am always eager to hear from fellow globetrotters.

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  • Travel Gretl

    Amazing! Just as stunning as I remember 🙂 We went here one day, and did some wild camping in here. Ssst, don’t tell 😉 It was not the smartest thing to do though, wouldn’t advise 😉

    • Haha – I know someone else who did that and ended up getting chased by a bear – I am not sure how far fetched that story is – how was it for you?

      • Travel Gretl

        We had that happen. Not chasing, but when we were in out tent we heard big footsteps out and sniffing of a big nose… Pretty sure it was a bear. Next day only we saw the warning signs for this. Definitely not advisable to be as stupid as we were 😉

  • We went to Dubrovnik for the first time this past year and we cannot wait to get back to Croatia. It is so beautiful and clean. I really think it’s the hidden gem of Europe. We don’t hear too many people visiting. The national park sounds and looks like a must-see place to visit!

  • Plitvice is such a unique place, I was there in October and the Autumn colours were stunning.

  • the waterfalls are just so beautiful! I am going on my big europe trip too this summer and i am trying to fit a 3 days in the park. Thanks for sharing your experience! wonderfully written!

    • Vivian – That’s awesome, 3 days in the park would be perfect. Have fun and do tell me how you liked it.

  • Jessica

    That top view of Plitvicka is stunning! 🙂 I can stay for a week. Haha

  • Oh, this park is as old as me! 🙂
    Looks great! I work at a US National Park so I always like going to ones in other countries.

  • So absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to go there one day.