I never have been any place that offers so much unspoiled natural beauty than Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. The entire park from the very first step is awe inspiring and a testimony to just how amazing nature is.
I visited Plitvice earlier this year and also last year during summer and the first thing I noticed was just how many people come to visit. It had me worried about the quality of the experience (I am not a big fan of having to dodge tourists while trekking), and there was a slight bother for the wait for the ferry to pick us up from the pier, however the scenery just draws your attention to all the great things on offer.
From the moment you set foot on the walkway you are greeted by the clearest water you could ever imagine.. While walking over a little timber bridge just over the side of one of the lakes I actually knelt down to touch the water.. I almost fell in since my depth perception was way off, it was so still and clear I thought it was only centimeters under the bridge, turned out to be a bit more!
The walks are quite long and there are lots of photos to be taken along the way, whether it be waterfalls, fish, wildlife, strange formations in the lime coloured water and even the lush greenery of the forest.
When you finish the possible hours on end of walking there is a kiosk at the end which you can relax with a light meal and a beer before you jump on the free bus to take you back to where you started! There you will find more food options of typical Croatian everyday grilled meats. The walk from the main carpark to the lakes are great, with local produce being sold such as great fruits, honey and even chilli fetta cheese!
The cost of entering the park is a quite low, being less than $20 for an adult, and driving there from the coastal city of Zadar or the capital Zagreb is only a couple of hours away, so this is great for a day trip. I and anyone that has been will highly recommend it, make an occasion for it the next time your in Croatia!