Croatian scenery doesn’t get any more spectacular than at Plitvice National Park. This huge body of land spreads out over more than 73,000 acres, in the mountainous area of central Croatia. It’s so impressive, it was one of the first natural sites to make it onto the coveted UNESCO register. You’ll lace up your hiking boots for a walking tour of the place today. There are 16 lakes here – some tiny, some vast – and they’re watched over by soaring cliff-faces cloaked in moss, and foaming waterfalls. There’ll be a guide with you, so you can learn about the wildlife thriving in the park’s perimeters. Around 50 different species of mammal live happily in these parts, including the European brown bear.
The drive to Plitvice Lakes from Rijeka takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.