Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

The Plitvice lakes form the best know Croatian national park, which also is an UNESCO World Heritage site. The main attraction of this park, unique in the world, is represented by 16 small lakes connected by waterfalls formed with the deposition of limestone deposited by water – the travertine. The park includes the source of the river Korana immersed in an area of dense forests of beech and fir partially uncontaminated. The park is also rich in caves, springs, flower meadows, and among the many species protected animal, is the brown bear. The popularity of the park is is due to its easy accessibility (it is, in fact, along the road connecting Zagreb to Dalmatia) and to the peculiar way of visiting it: the visitors moving, in fact, using its special means of transport (panoramic trains and electric boats).

Plitvice lakes are divided into two areas: one of the largest lakes, those superiors, characterized by gentle slopes and woodland, lakes and the children, located in a bare and rocky canyons. The highest lake is located at 637 m s.l.m. and lower slopes of the cascade, called Sastavci, below which starts the river Korana, are located 503 meters above sea level This altitude of 134 meters is divided into large and small waterfalls, which change continuously in appearance and height. Visitors enter the Falls thanks to special passageways on wooden bridges, beautiful to look at, but especially needed to protect the travertine (the rocks which form the Plitvice lakes), sensitive when subjected to pedestrian traffic.

Among the Plitvice lakes, the Proscansko jezero is the highest one: here you cannot hear the echo of waterfalls because of the long distance to the trail paths, nature has preserved itself to its purest state. Unlike the vast Proscansko jezero, surrounded by greenery, the environment characteristic of lakes below is the white limestone rock.

Beyond the pleasure-inspiring beauty of the genuine nature of the park, Visitors can also take the opportunity to learn interesting natural processes. You can not say if the park is more beautiful in the spring when the meadows are in bloom and flourish in the woods, or in autumn when the colors of this season are reflected in the waters of lakes, or in winter when the waterfalls are frozen and the trees around covered in snow.

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