UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park
Away from the coast, inland Croatia gets to show off at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a stunning sequence of lakes and waterfalls stretched out over several kilometers of wooded hills. The wonderfully named Veliki slap("big waterfall") is the first and largest of the cataracts, a giant cascade of thundering water that rushes down into the Korana Gorge to a series of smaller falls and mineral-rich pools, each shining its own dazzling colour, a paintbox of jade-greens, turquoises and deep blues, with herons dipping into them at mealtimes, and eagles circling nearby. Walkways lead you to the upper group of waterfalls and pools and through the wild, forested karstic scenery of limestone outcrops and beech forests. It takes a special place to lure one away from Croatia’s idyllic coast – Plitvice is that place.