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Croatia – Slunj Town

Published: 25.3.2018
Winter is still here. In spite it is still cold the summer is getting closer by every day. Hence one should start to think about a summer vacation alerady. Czechs love Croatia. We tell you where to go. Our destination are not only the famous Plitvice lakes yet many other national parks as well.

Šibenik seems to be the best place to start our trips to national parks. We recommend you stay in Croatia for ten days at least. This way you will bath as well as enjoy coutnry's nature and culture. You need to plan well to make it though. For we were driving to the sea, the Plitvice lakes were basically along our route. On our way back we would travel across Zadar.

Šibenik

Before visiting the park, we decided to make one more stop at the town of Slunj, mere 30 kilometers from the lakes. The town sits above the rivers of Slunjcica and Korana. Should you make a stop there as well you will love it. Hundreds upon hundreds of cars miss this town every year for only seldomly people make a turn to explore the little mill town of Rastoke.

Rastoke   Slunj – square

So what is the reason why we actually travel there? The Sluncice River made the nature around here very interesting and beautiful. Originally, a narrow river creek runs through the valley and gets closer to the town. The riverbed widens there and makes a labyrinth of many small lakes, islands, cascades. The river then reaches a tall rock wall from which it then falls down. This then creates many smaller and larger waterfalls among historic buildings.

Rastoke

Locals soon discovered what the Sluncice river brings to them They decided to capitalize on that. Wild water led them to build water mills. Later other homestead buildings were built. This all makes of the historic center which you may enter for a fee. If the beautiful local around the water is enough for you, you don't have to pay for anything as the waterfalls are visible from the road as well.

Rastoke   Rastoke

Upon a short stop we can move on. There is Plitvice Lakes National Park (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera) with two entrances and several trails. These lakes are the very first national park in Croatia. It was founded shortly after the WWII in 1949. Yet tourists had discovered it significantly earlier. In 1862, the first visitors' house was opened.

Plitvice lakes

We tell you more about it next time for we will walk through the park and see all the stops devoted to the popular Apache chief.

GPS: 45°07'10.7"N 15°35'00.5"E

 

Text: Magdaléna Radostová

Photos: Magdaléna Radostová, Wikimedia Commons: Neoneo13, Neoneo13 (2), Silverije



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