Being a wonderful place for vacation, Croatia attracts tourists from around the world. The Adriatic coast enchanting beauty, impressive purity of the sea, comfortable climate and hospitality of the country inhabitants represent only few of the reasons one should pay attention to holidays in Croatia. Culture of the country was developing at the crossroads of ancient European cultures. Croatia kept numerous historical monuments, many of which are represented by ancient Roman Empire memorials. Cities of Croatia are of interest to history lovers – medieval palaces, monuments, churches and temples appear in front of you in all their greatness.

Convenient geographical location of Croatia allows you going into sightseeing trips to Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The nature of Croatia is also unique. Famous Plitvice Lakes is a worldwide known and visited national park of Croatia, which is a kind of the country’s calling card. Being considered beautiful and unique place, Plitvice Lakes are registered in the world heritage lists by UNESCO (since 1979).

Getting There

Traveling by car from the coast to the National Park takes about 2 hours. Most of it goes on the highway and just past 60 miles – on local roads. National park is located between the towns of Capella and Mala Pleshivitse.

General information

The first mention of the Plitvice Lakes comes to the end of 18 century, this name is mentioned by a priest Dominique Vukasovich. Almost 2 centuries, this area was wild, and in 1949 it received the status of a national park. However, the park remained inaccessible to tourists because of its specific territory offering virtually no normal passable paths.

Construction of environmentally friendly wooden tracks was started only 10 years later. Now these roads turn the study of National Park into a pleasant walk and help preserving natural balance.

Generally, natural balance is treated very careful here. All the traffic running back and forth the park (trains, ferries and pleasure boats) operates solely on electricity and is ecologically clean and quiet. Swimming in lakes, walking dogs, making fires and even picnics are prohibited on the National park territory.

Moreover, to maintain the natural balance, fallen trees are not even removed from the bottom of lakes. Sixteen large lakes are located one above the other in cascades and combine in waterfalls (about 140 pieces). Elevation difference between the lakes is more than 130 meters. Landscapes and bright turquoise waters seem alien, but the phenomenon of Plitvice Lakes formation is quite understandable from a scientific point of view. The whole environment is alive and constantly changing – parts of trees and plants constantly fall in water, are covered by Cretaceous plants and then turn into solid fossils allowing water flowing through them. Therefore, the area is changing slowly but constantly. The National Park offers a few routes, passage of the longest of which includes a visit to almost all the lakes and takes about 6 hours.

Take an easy and pleasant walk. Children (and many adults) come in full delight at the sight of numerous lakes’ inhabitants – fish and ducks.

Competition for every piece of food is really huge, water is boiling, and all edible is instantly gulped down. Seeing people on the shore, National Park inhabitants fall into rank and follow them, escorting tourists along each lake.

During high season (in Croatia it means July-August) the number of people can go off-scale. Therefore, optimal time to visit the National Park is May, June and September. We also recommend choosing a longer route – this will allow remaining almost alone with nature and admire the beauty of the lakes without annoying crowds.

As in case with Krka national park waterfalls, here we meet limestone origin of mountains. For many centuries, the river flowed in the mountains, forming limestone barriers and numerous lakes connected by waterfalls and limestone caves.

Croatia residents effectively use recreation opportunities donated by nature. Today, the level of Croatia beach vacation can be compared with famous Europe resorts. It provides everything for traveler’s comfort: equipped beaches, wellness clubs, discos, health centers, rich animation program.

Comfortable rooms in Croatian hotels and guest houses deserve a special mention. However, if you prefer not being tied to one place during a vacation, Croatia offers you a private sector.

If you are looking for a really comfortable vacation, Croatia represents a great choice for an affordable price.

Croatian Cuisine

Holidays in Croatia also include magnificent national cuisine. Such variety of seafood and meat cannot be found anywhere else. Many tourists staying at the hotel prefer dining in restaurants and bars stretching along the coastline. The Croats like cooking and do their best, and the owners and staff of any restaurant are amazingly hospitable and good-natured. If you like delicious rest, Croatia is an excellent choice.

Resorts and attractions of Croatia

Holidays in Croatia are not only pleasant, but also educational. We can say almost every city of Croatia represents cultural or historical value. Ancient buildings and beautiful churches, antique fortresses and amazingly picturesque narrow streets create special atmosphere of rural quiet in the city.

Dubrovnik, one of Croatia’s gems included in UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage, is situated in the southern part of the country.

The peninsula of Istria with Pula and Roven cities is also quite popular among tourists. The castles Friedrichstein and Bogensperk, as well as Red Island are situated here. Note that the beaches of Istria are specific: they represent natural limestone slabs.

Split is another central Croatian city. Here come those who chose a tour in Central Dalmatia, as well as tourists looking for places to stay in Croatia with children. This region offers you convenient pebble beaches, pine trees, fresh air and picturesque scenery.

By yanam49

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