The old walls of Dubrovnik have gained much popularity since they were used as the main film location depicting the fictional world of King’s Landing from the popular television series Game of Thrones. But look beyond those stately castle walls of imaginary Westeros – Croatia has always been home to other spectacular sights to offer for those willing to explore a little more. Here are some of our favourite sights in Croatia.
Plitvice Lakes (Plitvička Jezera)
The UNESCO World Heritage Plitvice Lakes National Park, located in the central Lika-Senj County, is the first national park in Croatia and one of its most photographed and visited sights. With 16 cerulean blue lakes, numerous waterfalls and lush green foliage, summer is the most popular time to take in the gorgeous park. Come winter, frozen cascades and snow-covered trees covers the surreal landscape.
The majestic waterfalls of Krka National Park are located in Šibenik-Knin County between Zadar and Split. The best way to appreciate the falls is to get in the water at Skradinski buk(town) where you can swim quite close to the thundering cascades.
Sixteen pools of crystal clear water and a chain of small and big waterfalls, surrounded by luxuriant green vegetation. The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s postcard image of paradise on Earth, now threatened by a huge upswing in tourism, development and pollution.
So much so that UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) will consider in June whether to put the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is currently on the World Heritage List, on its List of World Heritage in Danger instead. The park runs the risk of losing its coveted status if doesn’t act quickly.
Turning up the pressure, a group of Croatian war veterans organised a protest camp in the village of Plitvica Selo to draw attention to the excessive levels of construction within the area of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Their sit-in lasted over 100 days, drawing the media attention they had hoped for. Unfortunately, the government didn’t react.
Ivica Jandrić is one of the leaders of the movement. He grew up in the area and is well-aware of the damage caused by tourism-related development.
Forget the mainstream tourist places, these are the real jewels
Norwegian fjords, Cliffs of Moher, Chamonix, Isle of Skye, Black Forest… Most of us are familiar with these exceptionally beautiful sights. These are the type that remind us how lucky we are to live on this extraordinary planet. They are continuously shown on TV, in travel magazines, and all over social media. Contrary to popular belief, there are many other breathtaking places in Europe which you don’t get to see as often. Often ignored for their West European neighbors, Slavic countries have no shortage of scenic spots. Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order:
Devetàshka Cave, Bulgaria
The Devetàshka cave is a picturesque karst cave near Veliko Tarnovo, a beautiful historical city in central Bulgaria. Discovered in 1921 by Bulgarian explorers, the cave went a number of years without being recognized for its cultural heritage and was even used as an oil depot in the 1950’s. Today it’s an internationally recognised and nationally protected natural landmark.
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.
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.
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.