National Park Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes to its total land area of 29,700 hectares spread in Lika-Senj and a small part in Karlovac County. Because of its natural wonders are back in 1949th was protected and declared a national park, which also makes it the first Croatian National Park. 1979th is the Plitvice Lakes included on list of world natural and cultural heritage of UNESCO. Plitvice Lakes consist of two groups of lakes, the upper lakes and lower lakes. Upper Lakes Group consists of: Batinovac, Burgeti, Ciginovac, Galovac, Gradinsko Jezero, Malo Jezero, Milino Jezero, Okrugljak, Prošćansko Jezero, Veliko Jezero, Vir and the biggest Plitvice Lake Kozjak. Lower Lakes Group consists of: Gavnovac, Kaluđerovac, Milanovac i Novakovića Brod.

Due to its geographic location (altitude, the relative proximity of the sea) Plitvice lakes are extremely rich in vegetable world, of which there are over 70 endemic plant species. We must emphasize that the largest part of plant life Plitvice Lakes occupy beech and Jele covering about 80% of the park. Do not forget grassland occupying about 7000 hectare area of National Park Plitvice Lakes.

Fauna of National Park Plitvice Lakes is also peculiar as the plant. There is noted over 150 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, 20 species of bats, and many other terrestrial and aquatic animal organisms. In the past few decades, Plitvice Lakes are an increasingly important role in the Croatian tourism. So today in the park there is a whole infrastructure that consists of landscaped paths and wooden bridges, to power boats and tourist train which is the main task of every visitor to introduce the magical world of nature of Plitvice Lakes. In addition, the area of the park there are numerous hiking trails, bike trails and ski resort.

Thanks to all of this and numerous catering facilities such as a few hotels, restaurants and accommodation, Plitvice Lakes have become very attractive tourist destination, with nearly one million visitors each year.