Veliki Waterfall Trail, Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Croatia Tour with Gate1 Travel – Plitvice Lakes
The Plitvice Lakes area was completely different from the rest of our Croatia tour. Zagreb was like a trip to a typical town in Europe. The Dalmatian Coast towns are typical of the Mediterranean. Plitvice Lakes National Park is all forest, lakes and waterfalls in an isolated area of Croatia. We stayed at the Hotel Jezero, which is right beside Entrance #2 to the park. Rain was falling heavily for our arrival, but the sun came out the next morning. Our guided tour began with a short bus ride to Entrance #1. The first view in the park was the Veliki Waterfall, which is the highest waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park. From the viewpoint you then walk down the trail, cross the river and you can get close enough to Velkik Waterfall to get wet.
Plitvice Lakes Emerald Pool
Plitvice Lakes Trails
The Plitvice Lake Trails are well maintained and easy to walk. The trails follow a series of emerald pools up river from Entrance #1. The pools and small waterfalls are formed as limestone precipitates out of the river. Wood slats are frequently used to cross over the running water. No handrails are provided, so take care when it’s busy that you don’t get bumped into the water. After passing several emerald pools and waterfalls, you reach a concession area where you catch a boat across a large lake. Your admission includes the boat crossing of the large lake to Entrance #2.
Plitvice Lakes Wood Trail
Plitvice Lakes Entrance #2
I thinks the best Plitvice Lakes Trails start immediately after the two minute ferry ride at Entrance #2. You frequently get to walk on the wooden planks over water that seems to cascade in every direction. Waterfalls like Galovacki aren’t as high as Veliki Waterfall, but their width and structure make them more intimate. We enjoyed this area so much that we came back to repeat the hike again that afternoon. From Entrance #2 we hiked upriver along a series of waterfalls and pools up to Entrance #3 where you can catch a bus back down to Entrance #2. The entrance admission includes the bus.
Veliki Waterfall, Plitvice Lakes
Two days after our beautiful sunny day at Plitvice Lakes, heavy rainfall causing flooding that forced many of the trails in the park to be closed. We were extremely lucky to have enjoyed such good weather for our visit. If you tour Croatia, check the itinerary careful as many tours skip Plitvice Lakes. I’m so glad we didn’t miss it.