Is this the prettiest place on earth?

Welcome to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia.

Whoever said beauty is only skin deep has obviously never been here.

Some 100 kilometres inland of Croatia’s well-trodden islands and coastline, Plitvice Lakes National Park, which sits in the mountainous woodland interior, is a World Heritage-listed wonder that is not a usual stop on the Grand Tour.

Walk along wooden pathways that take you through lush greenery and alongside emerald and turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls, or hike through the dense forests in the hopes of spotting bears and wolves.

In winter, the park transforms into a snowy haven that contrasts exquisitely against the piercing waters. No matter the time of year, getting lost in this vibrant colour palette is an experience to add to the itinerary.

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