The Plitvice Lakes National Park is undoubtedly Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction and a place of immense natural beauty. Which is exactly why, in 1979, it was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. You can find it halfway between Zagreb and Zadar on the Adriatic coast. Trust us, the lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia!
The Plitvice National Park
The national park was founded in 1949. It is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, near the borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Plitivice Lakes are world-famous for their arrangement in cascades. Currently, you will be able to see 16 lakes from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow.
Between them, you will observe some magnificent natural dams of travertine.
I really liked Dubrovnik. Once I looked past the tourist crowds and focused on the history and long list of things to do in Dubrovnik, I had a great time there. Dubrovnik has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and it’s also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Although the city itself isn’t particularly large, you won’t be bored there.
I’ve tried to narrow the list down to the most awesome things, like the famous city walls, visiting Game of Thrones locations or the Old Town. Here goes:
DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN
Of all the things to do in Dubrovnik, I liked the Old Town most. This is where you’ll find most of the Game of Thrones locations and also the city walls. I joined a Game of Thrones tour, and after that I went about on my own.
Leaving Sibernik yesterday morning, we headed for Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.
In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzgovina. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). Each year, more than 1 million visitors are recorded. The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometres (0.77 square miles), with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.
Together with local partners, the team are working to have the unique old-growth forest declared a special reserve under Croatian law. The Velebit hiking route passes through the Ramino Korito old-growth forest.Stjepan Mikac / Archive of the Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb Two unique forests in the Rewilding Velebit area in Croatia were recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Benefiting from additional protection, they comprise 1300 hectares of beech forest in the Northern Velebit National Park (in the Hajducki and Rožanski Kukovi reserves) and around 2030 hectares of forest in the Paklenica National Park (in the Suva Draga – Kliment and Oglavinovac – Javornik areas). The new designation was based on the forests’ originality, geographical position, age and size.
One of Croatia’s top destinations is battling its own popularity.
As part of that effort, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković has written a letter to the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), asking its members to dramatically decrease their arrivals in the historic city.
The mayor is asking for cruise lines’ help in cutting back daily tourist numbers for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He asked the cruise lines for “more careful planning of the scheduling of the daily arrivals of cruise ships” to provide a “better quality of service which is currently under much strain due the simultaneous arrival of so many guests from cruise ships.”
In response, the cruise association highlighted the benefits of visitors to the city and the need for discussion among players in the tourism sector.
TCN’s Filipa Marušić gives us a closer look at just why these incredible parts of the country deserve much more attention than they get.
This transboundary extension of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians spreads over twelve European countries, including Croatia. This multi-country World Heritage Site in Croatia covers parts of the popular National Parks – Northen Velebit and Paklenica, both of which are located on Velebit.
The countries included are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine. This extension of the World Heritage Site was inscribed on the 41st session of The World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland in July this year.
People are more inspired to travel than ever with so many travel websites, travel apps, and social media feeds full of exciting destinations. It’s not just for the elite, either. Travel has become more accessible to the global population, and The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimated that nearly 1.2 billion people traveled outside their country for at least one night in 2015. With that number expected to continually rise, some destinations are becoming overcrowded. While tourism can be extremely beneficial for supporting livelihoods and creating cultural understanding, it can also sometimes have a negative effect on a destination. Having to elbow through a mass of people to snap a photo in front of a famous landmark is one thing, but witnessing a beautiful landscape or city be compromised by irresponsible regulation and excessive visitation is tragic.