Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a special geological and hydrogeological phenomenon. The lakes were declared a national park on April 8, 1949. It is the largest, oldest and most popular Croatian national park. It represents a forested mountain area in which there are 16 lakes of various sizes, filled with crystal blue water. Lakes receive water from numerous rivers and streams, and they are connected by cascades and waterfalls. Travertine barriers, which occurred over a period of ten thousand years, are one of the fundamental features of the park. The special geographical location and specific climatic features have contributed to the occurrence of many natural phenomenon and rich biodiversity. Vast forest areas, exceptional lakes and waterfalls, flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasting autumn colors, trails and wooden bridges and more a unique area that is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 1979, the first in the world. The park is divided into nuclear and extended the zone according to the degree of protection. Plitvice Lakes consist of 16 lakes located between Mala Kapela and Pljesivice in Lika. The whole area is on certain maps called the Devil's Garden, due to its location and history. According to legend the Plitvice lakes were created after a long drought. People, animals and lakes craved for water. The people prayed and prayed. Then in the valley of the Black Queen with her magnificent retinue; she took pity on the people and by the strong wind and thunder on the earth's rain came. It was raining so long as the water level has not grown enough to create the lakes. Visit the most beautiful National Park in Croatia and find out more legends.