Plitvice, Croatia: My favourite national park. Ever.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
I’m a big fan of national parks or basically any natural place when I travel. Give me a reasonably-sized city to live in, but when I’m travelling, I want lots of green and lots of blue.
Now, I know this is a big call, considering there are thousands of national parks out there across the world that I’ve never seen, but I think I have already visited my favourite national park. In the middle of Croatia you can find the Plitvice Lakes National Park.You can find it, and you should. I went here on a tip from a Slovak friend who went there a few times as a school girl, and she was right on the money in saying I’d adore it.


My photographs in no way do justice to how gorgeous this place is. Plitvice is a system of (apparently) 16 lakes (I would have said dozens and dozens, but they say officially there are 16) and numerous waterfalls. It was one of the first natural places to get World Heritage listing, way back in 1979. The water is an amazing colour, and the walks you can do around and through the lakes are just magical. As I said, it’s just too vast to really be understood from photographs, but perhaps my big smile in the photo below gives you an idea of just how wonderful I found it.
Now it’s your turn: what’s your favourite national park?


  1. Living in Tassie, I’d have to say the Lake Saint Clair National Park that’s home to Cradle Mountain. Just beautiful.
    And by the way, they are gorgeous photos! 🙂

  2. Kellie, you’re so right, that Cradle Mountain area is gorgeous too – actually we’re coming back to Tassie for a short holiday later this year (I’ve been just once before, my husband never has) so I might have to pick your brains about toddler-friendly ways to see some parts of this park!

    And thanks for your compliment on the photos but I assure you in real life it looks a thousand times better!

  3. hearts_in_asia says

    I’d love to go to Croatia one day, I think it would be really cool! Not sure I really have a favourite national park myself, maybe Lincoln NP on the Eyre Peninsula, for the childhood memories.
    (Visiting from the Weekend Rewind)

  4. Fantastic photos! One of my co-workers is fro Croatia, I shall show him your post! Here from the Fibro!

  5. I live in the north of England. My nearest national park is the Peak District, it’s lovely and luckily I only live 15 minutes drive away. If any of you are passing through it’s well worth a look.
    Your pictures are great it looks really beautiful.
    (weekend rewind)

  6. Wow – if those photos don’t do the park justice, then it must be incredibly beautiful! I’m from Canada and I’d have to say my favorite national park here is Banff National Park: stunning mountains and glacial lakes.

    I’ve yet to get to Australia, but my partner’s mother is from Sydney so we’re sure to go one day.

  7. It is beautiful. Stunning. I’m with you, I have no idea how you would capture that. You did well.

    Visiting from the fibro.

  8. I think I saw this place on a travel program one night and couldn’t get over how beautiful it is! My favourite national park is Boodeee National Park, which takes in Jervis Bay, and has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.

    Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro.

  9. So Now What? says

    Well I haven’t been to many, but Springbrook is pretty wonderful here on the Gold Coast. But your descriptions were exactly what I needed on this chilly Sunday morning. Thanks – over fromt he Fibro – Bern x

  10. I have a soft spot for Blue Mountains National Park – some of the views of the Three Sisters are simply breathtaking – visiting via the Weekend Rewind – Kirsty @ My Home Truths

  11. Nina Tobin says

    Hi Amanda, I’m visiting via the Fibro after you commented on my travel blog. Love your blog. I’m an instant follower (thanks for following mine, by the way!) This place looks stunning!! Croatia is way up there on our travel list, so will definitely check this place out when we go. Thanks for sharing. Three of my faves are the Everest National Park in Nepal – can’t beat the Himalayas, Patagonia National Park in Chile, and Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Borneo. I’d return to all of them in an instant.

  12. Thanks so much to all the Fibro visitors for your great suggestions – will have to check out some of these national parks in my future travels.

  13. Lovely. We hope to get there. Our travels usually sidetrack for any World Heritage Site and/or National Park within range. So…soon! Thanks for posting this on TBEX’s green scene.

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