The Plitvice Lakes are located a 4 hour drive north of Split. We spent an entire day there, and the photo above does a great job of explaining why it was worth the drive and the duration of the day.
We booked the tour via Viator and gathered at the designated meeting point near the Split pier. While the booking notes indicate that the trip is supposed to be “small group,” in reality we were on a coach bus with upwards of 30 people. It’s not a huge issue, as you pretty much wander on your own in the park, with designated meeting times and points. Note that if you are headed to the lakes in May, it does tend to be rather chilly. I wore a tshirt, light hoodie, and light jacket, yet still found myself cold. It also tends to rain a lot near and around the Lakes, so plan accordingly.
Other things to consider: wear shoes with traction, and pack snacks! Two of the women in our group showed up in high heels (…why!?), while a few others thought that flip flops would be a great idea. Many parts of the lake tend to overflow on the walkways after bouts of rain, making for very slippery footing. Tennis shoes will work just fine; hiking shoes even better. As far as snacks go, we didn’t eat lunch until…5 PM. It seems that the norm is to only cover a part of the park, but our group walked the entire loop, which spans upwards of 7 miles. Thankfully we had some hanger prevention items in our backpack, or I would have been quite hungry (read: hangry). The park is amazingly gorgeous, with a new set of waterfalls at every turn. If you intend on photographing the falls, a tripod would also come in handy.
Next up: The oh-so-beautiful Dubrovnik. For more photos and information on our honeymoon adventures, see:
- Travel Notes: Hvar and the Pakleni Islands
- Travel Notes: Split, Croatia
- 12 Days in Croatia, Montenegro, and Malta: The Budget & Itinerary