Croatia is home to eight beautiful National Parks. Throughout its territory, there are magnificent areas of untouched nature, breathtaking landscapes and natural phenomenons. One such amazing part of Croatia’s natural richness is National Park Plitvice Lakes. Its abundance of flora and fauna, its geomorphology and topographic location, is what makes this National Park a unique place of biological diversity – in Croatia, in the Europe and even in the whole world.
What makes Plitvice Lakes National Park stand out is its amazing biodiversity. We’re talking about plant flora so rich and diverse, it counts over 1200 plant species through the Park’s area. Many of these floral examples of plant species are either relict, rare, endemic or critically endangered. 22 species are protected by the Nature Protection Act of Croatia! In addition to that, I should mention that the most beautiful orchid in the world, Lady’s slipper, finds its home within the areas of the Plitvice Lakes.
Counting its floral examples, there are various species of carnivorous plants located in the National Park as well. So, you can stumble upon so many different varieties, species and sub-species of plantlife, all growing and spreading only within the Lakes Plitvice territory.
Animal life in the National Park is also very diverse and rich. Wildlife which includes hundreds of species, divides into:
- 50 species of mammals (bears, wolves, deers, otters, martens, wildcats…)
- 157 bird species
- 321 species of butterflies and moths
- 12 species of amphibians
- various species of fish also inhabit the Park’s waters, like trout, chub and rudd
I cannot write about the Plitvice Lakes and not to mention what it’s famous for and the source of its name- These are the 16 beautiful lakes spread across the karst cliffs and stones. All of them are interconnected, following the natural flow of the Plitvica stream. They stream down and disperse in the form of waterfalls all the way down to Korana river. The color of waters vary according to the microflora in it and the bacteria living in the water, varying from the blue and grey to the shades of green. There are Upper and Lower lakes, surrounded by mesmerizing surroundings, plants, trees, shrubs.
You can visit National Park Plitvice Lakes at any time of year since it provides with natural beauty in both hot summer days and cold snowy winters. If you wish to escape the city crowds and deafening background noise, you should visit Plitvice Lakes and enjoy the peaceful view of the untouched nature.
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