During this tour you will visit the untouched natural pearl not only in Croatia but around the world. Plitvice Lakes National Park is protected by UNESCO. It is 120 kilometers distant from Zagreb. The Plitvice Lakes, being the most prominent and most visited of all eight national parks in Croatia, is the only one in Croatia, in terms of cultural values, classified in the (UNESCO) World Heritage Listing and has been listed since 1979, amongst the first in the world. Plitvice Lakes are a world pearl of incalculable value. Its specific beauty is a sanctuary for nature lovers and an inspiration for artists, whereas the uniqueness and richness of its nature is an occupation of scientists. Plitvice Lakes consists of 16 beautiful lakes connected by waterfalls of various.
On the road to Plitvice we will stop in the beautiful village on the water – Rastoke. Most of the houses were built at the end of the 19th and the beginning o¬f the 20th century. Because of its extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition, in 1962 Rastoke village fell under the protection of the State Directorate for cultural and historical heritage. Many ancient civilizations, as well as contemporary urban environments whitness that the water has always attracted people to come to its banks and settle there.
For thousands of years, the waters of Korana and Slunjčica, and their flora and fauna, fought the laws of nature, and as a result of this struggle in the limestone plateau, a remarkable canyon was carved in for us to take pleasure in.After this you will have guided tour trough the National Park, with boat and a small train ride.
On the way back we will stop in Turanj, to visit an outdoor war museum. Turanj once was on the first frontline about what whitness many exhibits from that time.
Tour includes: guide during the whole trip, all tickets to the visiting facilities, transport, lunch (optional).
The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.
The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90% of this area is part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10% is part of Karlovac County.
In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 1,200,000 visitors are recorded.
The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m (2,087 to 1,650 ft) over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometres (0.77 square miles), with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.
The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
Through different climatic influences and the large difference in elevation within the protected area, a multifaceted flora and fauna has been created. The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.
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