|Plitvicka Jezera Nacionalni Park|
|Some of the paths and trails of Plitivice Lakes National Park (and ducks and fish in the clear blue water).|
Photos of the Upper Lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park
Photos of the Lower Lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park
Where to Stay at Plitvice Lakes National Park
There are four hotels within Plitvice Lakes National Park. We chose Hotel Plitvice. The hotel is large, with 51 rooms, and was renovated in 1997 (during the war the hotels in the area were used as barracks). When I first walked into our room, I was disappointed at the décor, especially after our beautiful room in Dubrovnik, but I quickly grew to love the retro feel. Our room was huge with a beautiful view of the park and even a glimpse of the lakes through the trees.
Where to Eat at Plitvice Lakes National Park
If you plan on visiting Plitvice Lakes for the entire day, eat a big breakfast and grab a few snacks to bring with you. There are three areas that sell food within the park, but the best place to eat lunch, albeit a late lunch if you follow the path we took, is in the lower lakes area at the north end of Jezero Kozjak by one of the ferry stops. They have huge amounts of barbequed meats including chicken and sausages being cooked on outdoor grills, perfect for a long day of hiking, and a multitude of picnic tables.
When traveling to Croatia, be sure to include Plitvice Lakes National Park in your itinerary. It truly is one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders.
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