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4 great places to visit around Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a natural wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site and with no doubt one of the most valuable treasures of Europe. The majority of visitors come here on a day trip, most of the tourists visit this national park during the peak season in the summer and spend not more than a day here. I did the same thing when I visited the Plitvice Lakes for the first time.

This winter I had a chance to experience the magnificent Lika region where Plitvice Lakes National Park is situated and absolutely fell in love with it. It is a land of unique sights, beautiful nature and mindblowing tastes of local cuisine.

Let me share with you 4 great places to visit around Plitvice Lakes in Croatia!

1. Rastoke

Why: it is a fairytale village built on the waterfalls. If elves were real they would live in Rastoke! Definitely, a place not to miss around Plitvice Lakes.

2. Baraćeve Caves


Why: these caves would be another perfect setting for any fantasy movie. Located in the heart of a picturesque foresty hill, they are a thrilling natural attraction to explore around Plitvice Lakes. The underground halls inside are utterly impressive!

3. Drežnik Castle

Why: one of the most romantic castle ruins are located in a close vicinity of Plitvice Lakes. Dating back to 11th century, Drežnik Castle is a great idea for a day trip and a perfect setting for scenic photos.

4. Ranch Dolina Jelena


Why: a perfect place for both adults and children, Dolina Jelena (translated as a “Deer Valley” from Croatian) is a fun way to spend time on a fresh air in a company of the different kinds of deer, black pigs and horses.

For great accommodation in the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park check out Hotel Degenija

For more information about visiting the Plitvice Lakes visit the official website

Also, check out the Plitvice Valleys region for more info about the amazing attraction in the vicinity of Plitvice Lakes

This article is created as a result of the #CroatianInstameet project. Check out the official Instagram page of the project for more great pictures!

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