Plitvice National Park

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June 23rd 2015
Published: October 1st 2017
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It was pouring when we woke, packed and departed. The drive was rainy during the first part of the drive but did not last that long. We stopped briefly for coffee and nibbles but mostly just drove. No problems at all crossing into Croatia.

We exited from the motorway at Josipodl then took the long winding drive up to Plitvice National Park. A few of the towns we passed through seemed to bear scars from the Croatian War of Independence (undoubtedly known as something else in Serbia): abandoned homes with pock marks like the kind left behind by bullets, homes rebuilt in the last 20 years … We were surprised by the number of abandoned and decaying churches.

The drive to the park was lovely, and the park itself is amazing. Plitvice is a series of 16 different lakes, of tourquoise and aquamarine, connected by a series of waterfalls through travertine terraces. The lakes run through the limestone karst, and the waterfalls seems to emerge from the rocks like from a pipe. The travertine cliffs are covered in moss and other plants, giving it a very lush character. We did the "short hike" (E), as we did not arrive until mid-afternoon. This seems to reach the highlights – the trail is mostly a boardwalk across the small lakes, then turns into a more standard path circumpedigating a larger lake. We took a boat across one lake (a very short trip) to begin, then a bus/train at the end to return to the parking lot.

The rest of the day was spent with a long drive to Split. We arrived just about dark, then had dinner in the hotel (which was good, but not a lot of ambience). We watched MST3K Puma Man (which was hilarious) then went to bed.

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