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plitvice lakes national park

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Nature always has the ability to make things look beyond anything you could have ever imagined, right?
After three and a half hours on the bus from Split, we finally made it to Plitvice Lakes National Park. It’s basically in the middle of Croatia and any big city (Split, Zadar, Zagreb, etc) is something like at least two hours away via the fastest route. However, no matter where you are coming from, heading to Plitvice Lakes is so definitely worth it, especially if you love wandering down paths and getting lost within countless waterfalls, little lakes and forests.
When I was researching Plitvice Lakes, I found it difficult to find information on navigating the big park so I thought I would share some of my tips from my own personal experience below.

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ABOUT THE TWO ENTRANCES

The park has two entrances, entrance 1/A and entrance 2/B. Entrance 1 is the main entrance and is the entrance we found accommodation at and started our walking trail at. I think it doesn’t really matter where which entrance you stay near or begin at, because there is a very efficient shuttle bus in the park that can take you from one entrance to another and this bus is free with your park entrance ticket and comes every half hour. Also, you can always take trails back to front, etc, if you wanted. It’s just that you would be going in the other direction to the majority of the crowd. However if I had to choose, I would say to find accommodation & start at entrance 1/A because a really good route I recommend you to take starts at entrance 1/A.

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HOW LONG TO SPEND AT PLITVICE LAKES?

Plitvice Lakes is a popular day trip option but when you factor in the 2+ hour drives both ways, it can make for one hectic day! We stayed overnight nearby and found this to be a much less a stressful day as we could spend two half days at the park with the first half day following the trail and the second half day going back to our favourite spots and seeing some things we missed. Plus, you get to see the park in the early hours of the morning and near sunset and it’s during these hours that Plitvice Lakes is most empty (as the day-trippers are on-route) so you get the national park all to yourselves!

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WHICH SIGHTSEEING TRAIL ROUTE TO TAKE AT PLITVICE LAKES?

There are a number of routes you can take in Plitvice Lakes National Park, starting at different entrances with varying distances. Most of the routes are basically follow the same trail but are just cut shorter/made longer depending on the time you might have available to spend at the park.
Prior to arriving, I read a heap of information about what route to take. As the park so massive, it’s hard to go in without a plan as you might just get extremely lost! After digesting all the information online, we decided to do the following which we also recommend if you have a good part of a day set aside to explore the park (maybe 4-5 hours?):
1) Start at entrance 1/A & walk to bus station 1. Entrance 1 is situated on the higher side of the park, so you get to look down at the lakes and waterfalls from here. This first part of the route gives you the famous aerial view of all the waterfalls from the top AKA the postcard shot of Plitvice Lakes (as seen in the first image of this post) , as well as some other nice aerial views of the lakes and waterfalls from above.
2) Take the bus at station 1 to station 3. You might read online about station 4 being the last station of the park but this station does not exist anymore, there are only three stations now. In order to take the bus to station 3, you’ll have to first take it to station 2, hop off and then take the bus at station 2 to station 3. When you reach station 3, you’ll be at the very other side of the park which is the lower side of the park.
3) Follow sightseeing route/trail H from station 3 all the way back to entrance 1. This was the route we took too and it also seemed like a very popular choice with others at the park as well. It takes you right through the lakes and waterfalls and everything there is to see in the park, including a ferry ride across one of the lakes at the end as well!
Here’s our photographic travel diary of our time at Plitvice Lakes, hope you enjoy and do let me know if you ever pass by and follow the same route too! :-)

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Wearing: Andrea Moore Cruise sunnies | Selected Cathy printed dress |  Bared wattle sandals in mint | Fjallraven Kanken Backpack in sky blue

Photography: Thomas Debono & I

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Ann
    September 23, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Ahhhhhmazing post and pics Connie! Love the colour and didn’t realise the park was SO big and you would need that long to explore. Croatia is definitely on my priority list so all your advice is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing! :o) xx

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      kisforkani
      September 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      thanks! it’s definitely massive when you consider how long it takes to walk around it but the shuttle bus within the park does make things a lot more efficient where necessary :-)

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    lavieenliz
    September 23, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    wow this is gorgeous!

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      kisforkani
      September 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      thanks :)

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        Dan Bac
        November 7, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        There is a town called Rastoke, about 40 mins from the lake which I recommend anybody stay at . Google it it’s a hidden treasure. A town built on waterfalls

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    Maru Conti
    September 23, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    This places is amazing!

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      kisforkani
      September 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      it is!

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    aprileveryday
    September 23, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    I’ve seen this before on a couple travel sites and wanted to visit, but now I’m definitely going to have to book a trip to croatia next year haha! Anything with crystal clear blue water, waterfalls, boardwalks and ferry rides is just like the perfect day for me haha! The tips are great too – if I do end up getting to go, I’ll definitely coming back to read through your trail tips again! Thanks for sharing!
    xo April | April Everyday

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      kisforkani
      September 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM

      there are so many things to do in croatia so definitely go! there’s also a smaller national park called krka which is also worth checking out :-)

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      Dan Bac
      November 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Trust me , I live in Australia and have travelled the world over. Croatia is the most beautiful place in world. Everyone knows Dubrovnik and Split but please Google image, the following: Kornati islands, Rovinj, Varazdin, Zadar, Sibenik, Krka, Murter , Vodice, Rastoke. And make sure to visit the islands of north in losinj, Krk & Rab

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    Lydia Teo
    September 23, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    That one shot of the waterfall is gorgeous! And definitely bookmarking this for if I ever get to Croatia :)

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      kisforkani
      September 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM

      thanks :-)

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    Vickie Simons
    September 23, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    utterly gorgeous, the colours are amazing – it almost doesn’t look real

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      kisforkani
      September 28, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      It’s a crazy place isn’t it ? I still can’t figure out how the water looks so blue, it almost doesn’t look like water!

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    Elle Gillard
    September 24, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    So beautiful Connie! I wrote a post on this as well you may enjoy reading at http://thisisyugen.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/split-croatia-day-trip-to-plitvice.html :)

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      kisforkani
      September 28, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      Thanks Elle! What a wonderful place it is

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    Petite G
    September 28, 2015 at 4:02 AM

    Whaooooo … I have to go there !

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      kisforkani
      September 28, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      Definitely worth putting on the list :)

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    guest
    November 4, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    Hi Connie, I’ve been following you on Instagram. Love your style… and all your travel photos.
    I have a question on your stay in national park. Did you actually stay in the accommodation inside national park ? or are you staying in the village/town nearby?
    It will be great if you can help me. Since looking at your photos, I would love to put this national park in my list. Thank you, E

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      kisforkani
      November 12, 2015 at 12:46 PM

      Hey there! There isn’t any accommodation in the national park itself however there are a few spots to stay nearby. We booked a place via Airbnb which was just a couple of streets away. You can also book hotels (I think there are 2-3 that are near the park) but these often book out really fast due to their proximity. Otherwise, if you have a car, lots of people stay at a nearby town as there are a lot more options available, and then drive in to the park as there’s heaps of parking. Hope that helps!

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    Libby
    March 27, 2017 at 7:14 AM

    Beautiful blog! Can you tell me which portion of the trails takes you on the lower lakeside board walks that you have pictured with the clear pools and the bright yellow trees? Which station stop is nearest to those photo ops? Really helpful to read your feedback on this day trip. I found your post about Lake Bled first so you are really informing my entire trip:)

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      Connie Cao
      March 31, 2017 at 3:25 PM

      Hi there! Sorry I’m not sure which particular photo you are referring to? But we started off at the higher end of the park and walked down towards the lower side :)

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