Croatia’s Best National Parks
While many people visit Croatia to explore its ancient cities and soak up the sun on beautiful beaches, it has a wide range of pristine landscapes that go well beyond the sand. With landscapes that include everything from forests where bears roam and mountains laced with waterfalls to canyons carved by turquoise rivers and plenty of nautical paradises, it may be no surprise that the country is home to eight national parks.
Of course, if you only have limited time, you’ll probably have to narrow down your options when trying to decide which to visit. Nature lovers, photographers, and adventure seekers of all types won’t want to miss Croatia’s best national parks.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice is the most popular national park in Croatia, with countless photographs capturing this incredible work of Mother Nature. Its 16 lakes range in shades from turquoise to deep emerald, often so still you can see your reflection on the surface. In between, there are many waterfalls spilling from 75 to over 250 feet while lush greenery frames it all. Visitors can walk the scenic paths to visit the Lower Lakes, Upper Lakes, or both, taking in mesmerizing views of cascades like Veliki Prstavac, Mali Prstavac, and many smaller falls. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife like the Eurasian brown bear.