Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Plitvice plateau which is surrounded by three mountains part of the Dinaric Alps in Croatia.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is located halfway between the cities of Zagreb and Zadar. The park is underlain by karstic rock, mainly dolomite and limestone with associated lakes and caves. It was one of the principle warzone during the Croatian war of independence. The national park was created in 1949 and belongs to the UNESCO world heritage list since 1979.
The park covers an area of about 300 km2 that includes 16 lakes linked to each other by 92 cascades and small rivers but also a beautiful forest of beech, spruce and fir trees. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
The area is also home to an extremely wide variety of animal and bird species. Rare fauna such as the European brown bear, wolf, eagle, owl, lynx, and wild cat can be found there, along with many more common species. At least 126 species of birds have been recorded there. Meanwhile the most visible animals around are the innumerable trouts that lay in the beautiful water of the lake. It has been recorded that some of them might measure up to 1 meter!
The lakes are surrounded by wooden footbridges that allow the tourists to be very close to the water. On a beautiful day this location is a paradise for any nature lover and photographer. The only disappointment is that this sanctuary is heavily protected and swimming in these beautiful crystal clear waters is not allowed!!