Summer Adventure – Day 4, Plitvice Lakes

We booked this tour through Viator and were not that pleased with the information on the email. It told us to meet our bus on a certain street, so we walked there and waited. We waited for half an hour before a taxi driver stopped and told us it was a public holiday so buses are not coming down to here. We thought this was strange as we were stood at the address stated on the email. In the end I decided to turn my phone on and the company rang to say we had missed our tour. I explained that the email told us a different address, in the end they arranged for us to go on the tour the following day. We were really annoyed by this as it was lucky we were in Zadar the following day, otherwise we would have missed out. We were those people that the whole bus had to wait for!

Fast forward 24 hours and we tried again, this time we were successful. We were on the way to see the Plitvice Lakes National Park which we had been so excited for. It took about 2 hours on the bus from Zadar. There are so many amazing pictures of the blue and green lakes online that I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. The lakes are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site so that’s another tick on another travel list! We learned that Plitvice is split into 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. The water is blue, green and grey in colour depending on the quality of the minerals in the water and the sunlight.

We arrived at the visitor centre and the place was rammed! It was so busy full of people wanting that perfect photograph. This made it a little less magical as at some parts of the tour I felt that we were just walking in a long line with other tourists. To get to the lakes we first had to take a boat across one of the rivers. The boats are electric as to not pollute the clear waters.

Once we were off the boat we walked a long way around the lakes seeing different colours and waterfalls. I couldn’t believe how clear the water was, you could see all the way to the bottom. I like that to keep the water clean there is no swimming in the lakes. We walked around the upper lakes and worked our way down. At the end there was a huge waterfall and then it was the long hike back up to the top!

TOP TIP! Wear good footwear as the paths are sometimes slippery and a little unstable, in particular the wooden walkways.

file(8)The tour was well organised and on time. We had plenty of time to explore the lakes and waterfalls. We learned a lot of information on the bus and throughout our tour. Food was included on the way home in a restaurant which was nice. You had a choice of meat, fish or cheese which was a little vague. At the restaurant they also rescued bears from poachers and keep them on the land.

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