My winter trip this time is very exciting, quite cheap and has lots of variations. There’s the hiking in snowy National Park (which will be described later in this post), there’s the playing in the sunny coast by the Adriatic Sea, there’s the discovering the unearthly beauty of Bosnia and the typical European city exploration.
So where is this Plitvice place? It’s in Croatia, 2.5 hours by bus from its capital, Zagreb.
Arrival from Moscow to Zagreb by Aeroflot is at noon, so we had to rush (like in The Amazing Race) to take the next bus to Plitvice Jezera (Plitvice Lakes). Tips: Tell the bus driver you where you wish to be dropped off, else he will bring you to nowhere in Croatia. That’s right, no direct journey. Lots of hop-ons and hop-offs in between.
Plitvice Lakes has lots of Villas for you to stay in at a reasonable price. Most of them are homes of the local people who has extra rooms to rent in their houses. Our place was Villa Katja. The owner named the Villa after his very beautiful daughter – Katja. It’s a very nice and warm countryhouse with ultrahigh-speed internet connection.
Villa Katja in Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice National Park is the largest of Croatia’s eight national parks. It is included in UNESCO list of World Natural Heritage Sites.
Before the entrance to Plitvice National Park
Plitvice National Park charges 110 Kuna (€15) for adult entrance and 50 Kuna for students. But when we went there, most of the lakes were closed, only one accessible for us. So it was free of charge for us.
View of the great waterfall from afar
The journey toward the Great Waterfall took about an hour. Well, we could be faster, but the views of the National Park are simply breathtaking we had to stop for a while for some photos.
Parts of the journey towards the Veliki Slap (the Great Waterfall)
This National Park is like no other national parks. The park represents a phenomenon of karst hydrography. The lakes are known for their ongoing biodynamic process of tufa formation under specific ecological and hydrological conditions. Tufa or travertine is a porous carbonate rock formed by the sedimentation of calcium carbonate from water.
Close views of the Great Waterfall. Majestic and heavenly. Subhanallah…. I suppose it’s similar to Pandora of Avatar 😉
I hope to come again to see Plitvice National Park in summer, to see more of the lakes, waterfalls, all kinds of plants and the animal world. As they say “There are water, lakes, waterfalls and forests elsewhere, but Plitvice Lakes are unique.”
To be honest, Plitvice National Park is in the middle of nowhere.
There were two buses which should’ve come to this National Park to get us to our next destination, Split. But they didn’t come. Probably because it’s winter and the bus frequency thru this road has lessened.
Snowy + windy = frozen
We waited for 2 hours until the bus arrived. When we got inside the bus, we made an unofficial deal with the bus conductor – we had 30% off from the original bus price. If you want to know how, message me privately or come see me.
Croatian buses have lotsa hop-ons and hop-offs in between the starting point and the final destination. A supposedly 2-hour journey nonstop can take about 5 hours. The bus will pickup or drop off anyone anywhere along the journey. So, just bear with it!
Another unrelated topic: If you have basics in Russian or any slavic language, you’ll find Croatian language is not hard to understand.
In case of danger (emergency), break the glass window…