Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes are one of the most visited attractions in the country and part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, its 16 lakes are connected by waterfalls and have a deep blue color to fill your eyes. If you have to choose just one place to visit in the country, this should be your option.
Plitvice National Park is located in northern Croatia, between the cities of Zagreb and Zadar. Most people leave the capital and visit the lakes in a backflip but it is also possible to sleep in Plitvice to enjoy the park more calmly.
How to get there?
There is no airport or train station in town. The only way to get there is by road, i.e. by car or bus. Renting a car is a good option, especially if you plan to spend the night in Plitvice. The city is small, there is no public transport and everything is spread out which will require long walks to dinner or go to the market.
Where to stay?
There are many options to stay. The first option is to stay in Zagreb or even Zadar.
Another option is to sleep 2 or 3 nights in Plitvice so you can know everything calmly without worries about the time of departure and escape from the crowds that arrive on the buses.
For lodging, opt for a location near one of the entrances to the park to make it easy to get around and check out what you have for restaurants, markets, shops etc around, unless you are by car.
Do not extend your stay in Plitvice very much. Unless you want to rest or take a day to get your things in order, there is not much to do in the city beyond the lakes.
About Plitvice National Park:
The park opens every day, including Sundays and holidays. It has two entrances and two parking lots. Tickets can be purchased on site for 1 or 2 days and the amount varies depending on the time of year. For more information, check out its official website.
The walk inside the park is easy and well signposted even on the longer paths. Practically the whole course is on the platforms. At the entrance, you have a board with suggestions for the following itineraries and just choose one according to the time you have. You can also ask for guidance in the information center if you feel it is necessary.
The duration that is on this board is overrated, meaning if the indication says 8 hours, it is very likely that you do it in less time, so you can take it easy. Basically, the park is divided into Upper Lakes and Lower Lakes. If you are short on time, choose the Lower Lakes trails which are more beautiful.
If you are looking for breathtaking natural landscapes , Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes in Croatia will not disappoint as they are a true phenomenon of nature with unique and extremely beautiful landscapes located in Central Croatia.