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Roadtripping in Croatia: Zadar and Plitvice Lakes

After three lovely days in Split, we headed north to another popular Croatian destination; Zadar.

This was mainly the base for our visit to the Plitvice Lakes.

After a two and a half hour coach journey, we arrived in Zadar late afternoon. We had gone for another Airbnb apartment that was right in the centre of the old city.

We used the rest of the day to explore the area and grab a bite to eat.

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The weather forecast for the day wasn’t great so we took this as an opportunity to have a bit of lay in, then a relaxing meander around the town without getting over-heated.

As we skipped breakfast, we decided to have a large lunch.

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And then did the tourist thing.

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Later that evening we enjoyed a couple of corn on the cobs – which appeared to be a popular fast food in both Split and Zadar.

We made our way to one of Zadar’s main attractions, the Sea Organ. This peculiar feature has steps going into the sea with holes cut into them; when the sea laps in and out over the steps it creates a unique sound and almost whale-like sound.

These steps are also the home of what Alfred Hitchcock believed to be the most beautiful sunset in the world!

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Even the overcast sky didn’t ruin the view.

We watched the sun slowly disappear before wandering over to the ‘Greetings to the Sun’: A large solar circle that charges itself up throughout the day and then turns into a light show once it gets dark.

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We needed our own recharge for the next day so headed to bed early.

The Plitvice Lakes are the largest national park in Croatia and is an UNESCO World Heritage site.

We took the hour and a half coach journey from Zadar early one morning to give us as much time as possible at the lakes.

There are several entrances and mini buses to get you started at certain areas of the park. You opt for different walks, varying in time that are all signposted across the park. Even I couldn’t get lost.

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There are waterfalls galore and you really don’t want to be without a camera. The entire park is beautiful; the water is so blue and clear.

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In the morning it was surprisingly cold, however by the afternoon it had warmed up.

Wildlife comes in the shape of ducks and fish that you’ll spot all across the park. James was keen to see a bear, me; not so much.

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On some of the trails you have to take a ferry across the lakes to get to the next part of the walk. Here we enjoyed a different view of the park and some lunch.

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Our route ended with the ‘Big Waterfall’ which is about 78 metres high.

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If you’re in Croatia, a trip to the Plitvice Lakes is most definitely worth it. It’s outstandingly beautiful and so nice to see that something so naturally beautiful has been left almost untouched.

We got back to Zadar and caught the tail end of another lovely sunset before settling down for some dinner and our last evening in the town.

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Part three and the finale of our trip coming soon!


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