Monday morning we wake up with no luggage and so make the most of what hotel utilities we can get our hands on. Thankfully I had thrown in that extra pair of clothes for the girls and I also found I had stuffed two tank tops in there for me as well. My husband ended up buying some shorts at a small store next door to the hotel because the ones he’d been wearing on the flight were a bit stinky from his early morning run.
After breakfast and getting all our snacks and water together we met our tour guide at the front lobby. He was going to take us to Plitvice Lakes National Park which was about an hour away from us.
Ever since my husband sent me some You Tube videos of this place I was in awe. I couldn’t believe we’d be walking those same pathways as so many other people. And given that my husband and I got married at Yosemite, you know this kind of beauty is so up our alley.
Here’s a map of the area we’d be walking.
If you look closely you can see the wooden pathways that everyone takes, including us!
This place is truly wondrous and filled with breathtaking beauty, a mixture of so many different elements.
We went from hot and humid weather one moment to some short time later a total downpour.
If you’re not too keen on getting a little wet I would definitely recommended you stuff a rain jacket in your bag. But part of the fun was actually feeling the heavy raindrops falling on you.
This is also not a place to wear your cute sandals. Dressy comfy and ready to do a good amount of walking if you truly want to take in as much of the park’s beauty as you can. There are several trail options to take and we chose C because our tour guide said we wouldn’t want to miss the upper falls area. And let me tell you, it was worth seeing! We have visited so many beautiful parks and both my husband and I agreed we hadn’t seen a place as beautiful as this.
The pathway changes from wooden walkways to rocky terrain to moist dirt as well as areas where you hear the loud crashing of the waterfalls and then suddenly the quiet and coolness of a shady forest. It was spectacular.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get more astounding you would run into areas like this.
We spent about 6-7 hours at the park. This includes some time to rest, grab some lunch, and enjoy some ice cream pretty close to midpoint of path C.
Whether you are lucky enough to live in Europe and make it here without too much travel time or you’re like us and traveling hours away by plane, I highly recommend this as one of those lifetime experiences you don’t want to miss. It is worth every minute to make it here.