First of all I’m sorry. Sorry I simply couldn’t cut down my photos of Plitvice National Park any more than this. Hopefully your fingers are not worn out from all the scrolling you just had to do! I am usually pretty good at editing my posts down to a few of my very best shots. But this time I really struggled. You can see why though right?
Strolling the timber boardwalks of Plitvice National Park in Croatia is one of the most beautiful walks I have ever done. I mean our jaws actually dropped when we got our first glimpse of the park. We couldn’t believe it was real. The water was so clear, so blue, so perfect.
However when we first arrived we weren’t sure if we’d made the right choice in visiting Plitvice. There were so many people that we were afraid it would ruin the experience. Don’t be overwhelmed by the crowds though. Once you are in the park – after parking the car, lining up for tickets and finding your way in – the people start to spread out and you will get moments when you feel like the only people there. Some of these photos took some patience waiting for people to pass!
Here are a few things I learnt from our trip to Plitvice National Park that might help you if you visit:
My Plitvice National Park Hacks
- Make sure you park in one of the parking lots. Cars parked on the side of the road had fines on their windscreens. It may look hectic but the car parks are pretty huge. We managed to find a park within 5 minutes. It cost us about $7 to park for the day.
- If you park at entrance 2, instead of buying tickets for the park at the beginning near the carpark like everyone else does, walk in a little towards the ferry and there is another ticket office with no line at all! Wish we’d known this tip! Tickets cost about $30 per person for a day pass. You can also get a multiple day pass if you want to spend a few days exploring.
- Don’t bother bringing or wearing your swimmers because you cannot swim in the park. We didn’t see anybody breaking these rules either. I was a little disappointed about this, but after seeing the pristine condition of the water I was actually thankful!
- Wear something comfortable. I saw everything from people wearing hiking gear to ladies in pretty dresses. There isn’t really any hardcore hiking involved. You are on wooden board walks most of the time. A dress would look gorgeous in photos. So if you do want to wear one go for a midi length that won’t get in the way of your feet or the hundreds of others walking around you. Or if you prefer to be comfy and casual then I found my tee and shorts were great for the day. And my Teva Trekking Sandals were perfection for this walk. Because it was quite hot, I didn’t want to wear closed in shoes. But I was also thinking that normal sandals would get a bit uncomfortable with all the walking. I never thought I’d be caught dead in velcro sandals in my adult life, but these babies have totally won me over. My Teva’s are super comfortable, practical and pretty! I lived in these shoes this summer and I’m already thinking about my next pair…
For more help planning your trip check out the Plitvice National Park website. Do you have any practical tips for a visit to Plitvice? Let me know below!