Day Two: Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia

Our second day at Plitvice Lakes was every bit as stunning as the first – what a magical place this is!

After a restful night’s sleep and quick breakfast in our accommodation (Hotel Jezero, located directly adjacent to Entrance 1), we drove the short distance to Entrance 2, parking our car and catching the first boat to the Upper Lakes. This portion of the park consists of 12 lakes – Prošćansko, Ciginovac, Okrugljak, Batinovac, Veliko, Malo, Vir, Galovac, Milino, Gradinsko, Veliki Burget and Kozjak – separated by natural travertine barriers. Unlike the Lower Lakes, most of the hiking paths here exist in the form of wood-planked pathways over bubbling streams and cascades, making for an adventurous (and sometimes wet!) journey.

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After spending a thoroughly enjoyable morning marveling at the park’s turquoise pools and towering falls, we made our way back to the boat launch for the quick but scenic ride back to the car park.

Since this visit 5 years ago, we’ve spoken on many occasions of our desire to return to the area – perhaps in the fall or winter? – and explore Plitvice Lakes again. It’s a truly remarkable place, the beauty of which – despite our best efforts – could not be adequately captured in photographs. We hope you’ve enjoyed our attempts in any case – thank you for joining us on this adventure in Croatia! – T. & B. June

Next week’s journey: Tintagel Castle – England

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