Blogs from Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia, Croatia, Europe

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The temperatures are falling, the days are getting shorter and the wind is getting stronger on the Dalmatian coast, signaling the end of the summer. Even the few tourists who braved their governments Covid rules and stayed in September are slowly travelling back to their homes. Only Nui and Nenad are still here, enjoying a face of the coast Nenad never experienced. Quiet, romantic harmony of nature with the small local community of inhabitants, who live here all year round. Vodice has barely 10'000 inhabitants throughout the year, compared with the 40'000 and more during the four months of tourist season. In the coffee shops topics about the grape and olive harvest, wine and olive oil making and fishing of course become of central importance. We managed to set up an adventure harvest day with friends ... read more
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In the 1960s, films were made of the German author Karl May's "western" novels, featuring the characters of Old Shatterhand and Winnetou, a Native chief. They were filmed in Croatia, which was thought to look like the American West! From the clips, it seems that May was sympathetic to the Native cause. Much of the filming was done in the Plivice National Park, our destination on Thursday. Here's a clip if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yTfdy9TKt8 The park was founded in 1949. It was fought over during the war, and landmines are still thought to be found in remote locations in the park. Much of the infrastructure was destroyed in the war, and this gave the area time to recover from over use. "The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Sixteen lakes can be ... read more
Amazing...
Our rental: a "Duster" by Dacia
On the lake boat


Vicky left for her flight home whilst we were still dozing on Monday morning, once up we cleared up the apartment & left to get the bus across the border to Zagreb in Croatia. It was only a 20min walk but my suitcase it not designed for being dragged along streets so my shoulders & back were very glad when we got to the bus stop! The bus was 15min late but plenty of space so we took over two rows so we both got a window seat. It was a rather boring drive with the highlights being a deer Chavaunne spotted & several hooded crows. It felt a bit like the hokey cokey at the border crossing getting in & out of the bus both to leave Slovenia & to enter Croatia, but they let ... read more
Waterfall
Lake Kaluđerovac... I think?
Another Lower Lakes waterfall


After reasonable night sleep breakfast at 7am, what a terrible breakfast mainly as there was no staff on duty. After complaining at reception some staff came out to clean the tables and bring some more food out. Departed 8am for long drive today. Roadstop at waterfalls bus station, Posjeti - Dozivi, lovely view of the falls but disgusting toilet facilities. Stopped fo lunch at roadside cafe which was very good, we had preordered our menu. On the road again then had to disembark for border crossing. Bosnia into Croatia. Arrived at Hotel Jezero at 5.15pm, very basic rooms, thankfully only one night. Dinner out tonight.... read more
waterfalls
waterfalls
Roadside lunch stop


We get up early (not a problem as we have already been woken by the man next door being violently sick) and set off to Plitvice Lakes National Park; a chain of 16 lakes linked by waterfalls. Once we have bought our ticket and selected which route to follow, we are taken by shuttle bus into the park. The bus consists of three carriages and we’re in the back one which is quite disconcerting; the driver slows down for bends then accelerates out of them, which means we accelerate into the bends, which feels wrong. Once in the park, we commence our walk around the lakes. It’s not as easy as I’d expected because much of the route consists of boardwalks constructed from logs, they’re uneven and not particularly flat so walking on them requires concentration. ... read more
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park


We get up early and set off on the 158 mile drive north to Plitvice National Park. It’s going to be a shock to the system; after 2 weeks of travelling in temperatures around 30 degrees, by night time it will be minus 2. The majority of today’s route is along the A1, a lovely modern motorway which is a relief after some of the gravel tracks we had to negotiate in Bosnia and Montenegro. It is, however, not cheap. In 100 miles we notch up over £10 in tolls. The drive is another spectacular mountain extravaganza, only this time on a proper road. It’s an incredible piece of engineering consisting of a series of bridges, raised sections and tunnels. One tunnel is 5800m. That’s more than a parkrun worth of tunnel. On the other side ... read more
Plitvice in the afternoon


Dan's final day! We had an early morning wake up call so we could beat the huge tourist groups to the lakes. Toure said that by the afternoon, as many as 15 buses with tons of tourists will be unloading and starting their trek through the park. We had showered, ate and were ready to go at 9 am. It was a short drive to the park from our hotel. We were excited to start the hike to the waterfalls. It was another warm and sunny day and we were ready to be active. The park is massive and beautiful. We hiked down to the first lake and took a ferry across to the upper part of the lakes. We started on the paths and hit several waterfalls right away. We were blown away by the ... read more
Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes


I don't know the names of most of them, but the flowers were out and they were beautiful.... read more
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Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 We left Split and went to Trogir, a small island not far from Split. It's a small place with a cathedral, museum, monastery and fortress. I wandered around, listened to a female a capella group, found the bayfront promenade, and went to Kamerlengo Fortress. The Fortress was built around 1420 when Trogir became part of the Venetian empire. When we left here we drove inland and stopped near Krka National Park where the Krka River forms waterfalls and lakes. We couldn't actually see this from where we stopped though. Then we traveled further inland to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the most visited park in Croatia. Since we arrived around 5 p.m. we would see the attractions the next day. We had another group meal that evening with more guitar ... read more
Cathedral of St. Lawrence
Female A Capella Singers
Selling meat


I am blogging all over the Map. I am so far behind I decided to start at the end, so we got up and decided that today would be a good day to go for the National Park thing as it is forecast to rain tomorrow. But first let us do our laundry and then head out. We left Trogir and it is approximately a three-hour drive to get there even using the high-speed toll road (The A-1). We dragged it out a little longer stopping at a road side stop (The Krka way station) with a restaurant and I went to help myself to a bowl of soup and other food but was summarily chastised by this young woman working there, as to not touch, she would serve me. So, she handed me this ... read more
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