I`m back with another post about my trip to Croatia. Last week I talked about Zadar and today I want to show you some pictures of the national parks we visited.
At first we just wanted to visit the Krka National Park, but so many people told us that we should go to the Plitvice Lakes too. And I`m so glad we followed their advice, because we would have missed so much! So when you are planning a trip to Croatia, these are the two national parks you definitely should visit (if not more)!
Plitvice Lakes National Park was the first one we went to. From Zadar you need to drive about two and half hours, but it`s really worth the drive! I recommend to go there very early, especially in summer, because there can be many many people. The day we were there, it had rained the whole night which was a) good, because there was not so much traffic on the hiking trail and b) bad, because it was cold and there was no sun. Nevertheless the park was just amazing!!
There are 8 different tours from which you can choose. We did the route C and we were walking for about 4 to 5 hours. The walking paths are so much fun, because of all the wooden bridges you have to cross. I just love these bridges!
Included in the entrance price is also a boat ride across their biggest lake. After that ride, there`s a meeting place where you can have something to eat or drink.
Nature can be so fascinating! Just look at all those different shapes of green and blue… It looks like someone would have painted it, but no it`s reality! I`ve never seen such crystal clear water before… You might want to just jump in, but be aware that swimming is forbidden in the Plitvice lakes. If it`s a hot day (like the majority of the time in Croatia), then go to the Krka National Park, because here you`re allowed to swim!
We went there the next day and we were surprised that only a two hour drive away, nature can look so different! The Krka National Park looks like a tropical fairytale forest!
The highlight of this park is to take a swim at the end of the walking tour (which takes about one hour). So refreshing! But there are some things you should know…
- There are no lockers where you could put your stuff in.
- There is no lawn for sunbathing, only rocks! Because of this we only took a quick swim and off we were, although we planned to stay there a whole day!
- There are many rocks in the water, so maybe you`d like to wear water shoes.
We stayed only half a day in this park, but you can extend your visit by taking a boat to some islands where you can see an old abbey amongst other things. However the boat tours are not included in the entrance price and that`s the reason why we didn`t do it.
Both national parks are worth visiting, as I said before. But if you only have the time to visit one, then go to Plitvice Lakes! That was my favorite one. It`s bigger than the Krka National Park and there`s much more to see. But in the end you can`t compare them with each other… They`re both special in their own way!
So I`d like to know, have you already visited one of these national parks? How did you like them? Some more tips for someone who`d like to go there?
Love, Caroline ♥