The Plitvice Falls are located in the boundaries of the Plitvice Lakes National Park on the road between Zagreb and Zadar. Thanks to the beautiful falls, forests, and lakes, the park has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, and visitors to Plitvice Falls will understand why it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Croatia. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres.
What makes the waterfalls here so beautiful are the renowned distinctive colors of the lakes that ranges from azure to green, grey or blue and change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. Besides that, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is heavily forested and features a mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean vegetation. In winter the frozen falls are magnificent, in spring and in fall the water volume is higher.
You can visit Plitvice Lakes at any time and have an enjoyable experience. In winter, the falls freeze and create incredible ice sculptures on the lakes. The water is highest in spring and fall, which can create more drama in the falls. If you go in summer, you will enjoy lovely weather but also must compete for space with other tourists who flock to the falls every July and August. Try to get there either early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the tour buses.