When Beijing is hit with a heat wave and it is 38 degrees outside and you can’t breathe, all you think is “I wish I was somewhere else”. All I think about is “I wish I was in Croatia in that amazing place with lakes up in mountains. That “amazing place” is the Plitvice Lakes.
I believe these lakes are one of the most beautiful places on the Earth. At least out of the places I have seen it is surely one where I will come back again and again.
So let’s start with what is this place and where it is… It is located in the mountains of Croatia, away from the seashore. It takes a little effort to find this paradise but it surely worth it.
The air is so clean, the skies are blue, the water is cold and fresh. When you look at any lake it seems like it is so shallow, but do not be fooled, it is just water being crystal clear. Unfortunately, it is forbidden to swim there, or feed fish or even touch water. All you can do is walk around and enjoy the natural beauty of this place.
I believe this place worth a visit for 3-5 days, depending how much you like hiking. There are a few hiking routes that tourists can enjoy. From 1,5 to long 10 km, it will be up to you how much you want to explore.
Lodging and Eating.
Do not expect to find high class 5 star hotels as it is a tiny place in the country where the tourism so far mainly developed in the beach areas. Instead, expect to get a cozy room in one of the homestays.
As for food, of course, it is an amazing place for fish. However, also Croatia is well known for fresh vegetables and meat. Look around and you will find a lot of konobas (restaurants) with great food choices.
For us, it was one of the stops on the road trip from Bar (Montenegro) to Venice (Italy). You can easily get there from the seaside, from a city like Split. From the Croatian capital Zagreb, expect that it will not be a smooth ride as the road is in the mountains.
I would just like to share pictures of the Plitvice Lakes so you understand why all I want now is just to get there from smokey hot Beijing.
It is one of the hidden gems of Europe. One of places with pure beauty, clean air and comfortable temperature in summer. This place will leave you speechless. Whenever you are visiting surroundings, make sure you don’t skip this place.