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Spotlight: Plitvička jezera, Croatia
We’ve all seen it plastered across Pinterest and lists declaring the “most beautiful places in the world,” but are the pictures too good to be true? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I cannot recommend making a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park enough- because wow. The scenery is nothing short of stunning, and truly makes for some seriously gorgeous #nofilter moments. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming popularity of the park,
visiting can be a little overwhelming for those of us that are spoiled by open space (looking at you Rocky Mountains). However, there are plenty of ways to alleviate these worries- check out my top 5 tips on how to make your Plitvice Parks visit as picture perfect as possible!
My friend Lizzy and I decided to visit Plitvice as a day trip from Split, which made for a long but definitely incredible day. We took a bus via getbybus.com and in total spent about 40 Euro to get there and back, which was a bit steep, but one of the only options if you do not have a rental car. If you’re leaving from Split, be careful: there are two “main” bus stations and you definitely want to make sure you are at the correct one (attached to the train station across from the ferries)! Lizzy and I got there 15 minutes early and still barely made the bus since we were waiting in the wrong spot-oops.
#1: Take the bus & enjoy the views.
Entrance 1 – Rastovača &
Entrance 2 – Hladovina
I HIGHLY recommend staying on the bus and disembarking at Entrance 2, Hladovina. The vast majority of the bus will get off at the first entrance, and as it is the “main” entrance, it runs a bit busier. Tip #2:
#2: Start at Entrance #2: Hladovina
#3: Pay for your ticket in cash, and use your student ID.
Another huge perk to starting your day at the second entrance is the abundance of little stands selling wild berries near the info office. The little wild strawberries gave me such a throwback to picking berries with my sisters when we were kids in Germany, and were definitely worth buying not just for nostalgia but for the taste. Since the national park is a full day kicker, definitely make sure you bring plenty of snacks, water, and a pack lunch as well! (there are places to buy lunch inside the park, but just like in the U.S. it will be severely overpriced and extra mediocre) Tip #4:
#4: Try the berries & bring all the snacks & all the water.
The best part about starting at Entrance #2 however, is that it forces you to make your way through the park backwards. Lizzy and I were so nervous that the day was going to be crowded and overwhelming, negating the beauty of the park. By working backwards, we avoided the majority of the crowds and actually had quite a few times where we were the
only people on our section of boardwalk! Also, by taking route H rather than the more popular and shorter routes A or B, it was easier to take our time in the park and not feel as rushed by the crowds. Tip #5:
#5: Work backwards & take your time.
One of my best recommendations is to just take your time in the park! The nature is so breathtaking, and I honestly think I started to get on Lizzy’s nerves with all of my “Oh my gosh!”s and “Look at that!”s. Every bit of the park is unique from the bright teal waters to clear lagoons where you can see straight to the bottom and most likely the happiest ducks and fish in the world. I hope I can go back because trust me- it’s somewhere that makes you take a second and think wow, this world is an incredible place, and those are my favorite kind of places.
Bonus tip: Bring a buddy! There’s nothing better than sharing beautiful places with wonderful people!