Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatian: Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera, colloquial Plitvice, pronounced [plîtʋitse]) is one of the oldest 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 Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.
Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. The latter are the site of Veliki Slap, a 78m-high waterfall.
The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen 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.
Fiona Smith explores Croatia’s magnificent walled city and its neighbouring Adriatic islands
Sunlight dances on the deep blue ocean between the forested island of Lokrum and the white-stoned, red-roofed buildings that make up Dubrovnik Old Town. George Bernard Shaw asserted, ‘Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik,’ and the view afforded from the terrace at Villa Orsula, which was once home to local nobility, is appositely blissful. The boutique hotel is located just a five-minute stroll from the iconic walled city – a Unesco World Heritage site. Perfumed by the scent of wild jasmine, its grandiose architecture includes the gothic-renaissance sixteenth-century Sponza Palace, the Venetian-gothic Rector’s Palace and the baroque Church of St Blaise.
A more contemporary cultural touchstone is the television series Game of Thrones, extensively filmed round the old town. While lowering the average age of visitors, it heralded an influx of mega cruise ships, the passengers of which can choke up the cobbled streets during high season.
Cities have existed for thousands of years. They’ve evolved so much from the ancient times, keeping pace with the technological growth and today we consider them the heart of any country. Not that we love them so much, but they offer all the means we need for housing, transportation, sanitation, utilities, land use and communication. Simply put, they’re comfortable.
We love some, we adore others, but sometimes we can hate them for their crowded streets, superficiality in human interaction, lack of opportunities or the bad services offered. For that matter, some of us would love to spend their life or at least a vacation now and then surrounded by a lovely countryside or on a nice island, but with all the comfort that a city provides.
Speaking of islands, there are several big, important cities around the world that have islands you can dream of or in some areas in the world there are even entire island cities that are not just impressive, but very attractive for both people seeking out to move in such a place or those who only want a getaway.
It seems everyone these days is suffering from wanderlust, because travel nourishes the soul and all that jazz. Cool, but there are a few spots you might want to steer clear of.
You can Instagram all you want about travel ‘being not a place, but a new way of seeing things’, but that doesn’t change the fact that some of the world’s more popular tourist destinations are being overrun.
I know you were there before it, like, became all commercial bru, but if you are planning an overseas trip this year CNN has a few words of advice.
They’ve named 12 places you might want to steer clear of, but we’ll just pick five that South Africans tend to gravitate towards.
And no, Cape Town doesn’t make this list, although we could probably use a few less visitors as we plough towards Day Zero.
With UNESCO threatening to take away its World Heritage status due to extreme overcrowding, Dubrovnik has decided to take drastic measures in order to cut tourist numbers.
This year, the island of Hvar is nominated for the title of Best European Destination. It deserves the title for many reasons.
However, there is something that makes the island of Hvar stand out above the other destinations in the running, something unique, special, something that is recognizable and makes the island very proud.
Many do not know that the island of Hvar, probably one of the most densely populated islands in the world for the number of cultural sites on the UNESCO list. On the list, there are three Hvar Heritage Uniqueness; Starogradska polja (Stari Grad Plain), Procesija Za križen (Following the Cross) and Hvarska čipka (Hvar Lace).
The Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar is the best preserved agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century BC and remains in use. The plain is generally still in its original form and has been preserved by careful maintenance of the stone walls over 24 centuries.
Following the Cross is a unique religious tradition taking place before the Easter for nearly five centuries uninterrupted.
Nature is both powerful and beautiful, and nothing proves this more than a majestic, cascading waterfall. Here are some which can be seen on a Goway vacation.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
My first sight of Victoria Falls on a Zambia vacation was from a hotel situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. All I could discern was foam rising above the river. However, I could feel the power of the falls even then. Victoria Falls is a huge waterfall dividing two countries, Zimbabwe and Zambia. And why is it thus called? Well, it was the explorer, David Livingstone who, when he first laid eyes on it in 1855, named the falls in honour of Queen Victoria. But the falls also has another name given to it by the indigenous local people – “The Smoke That Thunders,” a more apt description really.
Continuing our look at the jewels of Croatia tourism in TCN’s 25 Things to Know about Croatia series on January 10, 2018, one of the rising stars of the Adriatic coast – Sibenik.
1. UNESCO World Heritage – The Cathedral of St James
Sibenik is often overlooked by tourists who head instead for better known Dalmatian cities such as Split and Dubrovnik, but just a very tiny look at what Sibenik has to offer shows that they are missing out. Big time! One of the great architectural wonders of the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral of St. James, dominates the front of Sibenik’s gorgeous old town. Just how did they built it entirely from stone? Learn more from the official UNESCO website.
2. UNESCO World Heritage – Fortress St Nicholas
Having a UNESCO World Heritage Site in your city is pretty cool.
The national park will be visited by a UNESCO inspection to monitor the conditions once again.
A new visitor management regime, online ticket sales and higher prices are just some of the news which has been prepared by the old management of the Plitvice Lakes National Park for 2018, reports Večernji List on January 2, 2018.
However, less than two months ago a new management team was appointed, headed by Antonija Dujmović. They are reportedly not happy with the plans, and significant changes could occur. Still, it is not yet clear what kind of changes might happen in the world-famous park, which has been burdened for some time by the frequent dismissal of management, an excessive number of tourists visiting it during summer months, and the construction of apartment facilities in the park and its vicinity.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the central part of Croatia and covers an expanse of almost 30,000 hectares. In 1949 this area became the national park, and 30 years later it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Register. The park is forested with beech, spruce, and fir; and is the home for hundreds of species of plants, animals and birds. But it is mainly known for its water areas: rivers flowing through the limestone carved the landscape and formed natural dams, cascades of lakes, waterfalls and caves.
There are 16 large karst lakes and a lot of smaller ones; the total area of their coverage is 217 hectares. These lakes are fed by five rivers: the Korana, the Crna, the Bijela and the Rječica. The lakes are arranged in cascades, the highest one is the Prošćansko at 636 meters above sea level.
In July this year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to include the Zadar city walls or ‘’Zadarski bedemi’’ onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
A few days ago, the mayor of Zadar Branko Dukić was officially presented with the UNESCO Charter for the entry of ‘’Zadarski bedemi’’ on the UNESCO’s list as a cultural asset within the transnational project ‘’Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar’’.
In January of 2016, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro sent UNESCO a proposal to enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site list within the joint cultural asset.