Crystal lakes and waterfalls; Kathryn Wilkinson; IOL Travel

Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Discovering the lakes of Croatia was an awesome and unexpected experience.

Croatia conjures up images of endless Mediterranean beaches, beautiful islands and dazzling Dubrovnik. And while no trip to Croatia would be complete without some time spent on the bright blue Adriatic, the Plitvice lakes south of Zagreb are a must.

When we were planning our trip to Croatia, a 20-something friend of our daughter said we had to see the Plitvice lakes. She had been there during her gap year and said that they were awesome. So we checked these unpronounceable lakes out in the guidebook.

They are in the Nacionalni Park Plitvicka Jezera, which was included in the Unesco list of World National Heritage Sites in 1979. The park is known for its many cascading waterfalls, turquoise clear lakes and rich forests.

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