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This Croatian national park has 16 clear turquoise lakes linked by waterfalls and cascades in an unspoiled forest setting.
How to pronounce
Plitvice = pleet-weet-cha
It's easily the best of the three.
Most tour groups come here despite it being inferior to the Upper Lakes. Veliki Slap (the park's tallest waterfall) is its best Lower Lakes attraction.
It's the largest and separates the Upper and Lower Lakes. A small ferry takes you across.
Plitvice Lakes draws nearly a million visitors annually. Because the walkways are narrow, crowded conditions arise in the peak summer season. There are several ways to avoid the crowds.
Arrive early or late in the day
Come before 9 am (tour busses from Zagreb and Zadar usually begin pouring in around 11 am). Or, arrive after 2:30 pm.
Skip the short trails
They reside in the Lower Falls region and are the ones tour-bus groups normally use.
Avoid July and August
Plitvice Lakes is too popular for its own good during this period. The best time to come is late Spring when crowds are relatively thin and waterfalls are in full force. Early Fall is good, too, but the waterfalls have lost much of their former potency. Winter months bring snow, ice and, sometimes, frozen waterfalls.
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