What does Plitvice mean?

The first recording of them dates back to 1777 (although they’re obviously far older than that, with some reports saying they’ve been there since the end of the Ice Age) when a priest described the area as ‘plitvice’, after the Croatian word pličina, plitvak or plitko, meaning shallow.

In which country is Plitvice national park located?

Croatia’s
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s largest national park covering almost 30,000 hectares, is situated in the lower elevations of the Dinarides in the central part of the country.

What is plitvicka Jezera?

Plitvička Jezera (pronounced [plîtv̞itʃkaː jɛzɛ̌ra] or just Plitvice [plîtv̞itsɛ]; Plitvice Lakes, in English) is a municipality (općina) in central Croatia, in the eastern part of the Lika-Senj county, that lies in and near the eponymous Plitvice Lakes National Park, bisected by the D1 main road (Zagreb–Split).

Is Plitvice Lake open?

Plitvice Lakes is a year-round destination. It is open 365 days of the year.

Can u swim in Plitvice Lakes?

Alas. Swimming is forbidden in Plitvice Lakes National Park. As a tour guide once explained to me, “The lakes are also a resevoir for drinking water!

How do you pronounce Plitvice?

First thing’s first – it’s pronunced plit-vitz-eh.

Can you swim in Plitvice Lakes?

Alas. Swimming is forbidden in Plitvice Lakes National Park. As a tour guide once explained to me, “The lakes are also a resevoir for drinking water! We just can’t allow swimming”.

Are there still mines in the Plitvice Lakes?

After the war, the Plitvice Lakes were among the first areas to be cleared of mines and renovated, although some of the more remote areas in the park are suspected still to contain landmines. In 1998, the national park was removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

How many species of birds live in the Plitvice Lakes?

As regards bird species, the Plitvice Lakes rank third among the Croatian national parks for diversity. Some 157 species have been counted, of which 70 have been recorded as breeding there. The Plitvice Lakes are also home to many kinds of bats.

What makes Plitvice unique?

At Plitvice, this constant interplay between water, air, rock and vegetation can easily be observed. The foaming water creates ever growing and impressive waterfalls. The thresholds grown up above the water level, create cataracts.

Where are the Cataracts of Plitvice?

The thresholds grown up above the water level, create cataracts. About 30 km (18.64 mi) north of the lakes at the conflux of the Korana and Slunjčica rivers, right in the center of the town of Slunj, similar phenomena occur. This part of the town, called Rastoke, is often being referred to as “the Small Lakes of Plitvice.”