The first national park established in Croatia was Plitvice (pronounced plit-vee-say) Lakes National Park, and is now the largest of 8 national parks in the country at over 100 square miles of pristine, lush beauty. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 for its “outstanding natural beauty and undisturbed production of travertine through chemical and biological action.” Sixteen lakes in total can be found here, each formed by natural dams of travertine and separated into lower and upper regions. Depending on the mineral and bacterial content of the pools, the color of the water changes from hues of green and turquoise to deep blue and grey, and waterfalls interconnect all the lakes through the dense green forest. There are a wealth of walking paths here, many of which span over natural waterways, and the sights to be seen are incomparable to any other on Earth. Check out some of the highlights of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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