Croatia

Plitvice National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park, proclaimed Croatia’s first national park in 1949, lies at the south end of Mala Kapela mountain chain. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – cover under 1% of the total park. The area is primarily covered by forests. The park comprises 16 named lakes and several smaller ones, unnamed, cascading one into the next.

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The amazing vibrant blue of the water is due to the algae that blooms there, releasing gases as it grows and decomposes.

When those gases react with water it shows a stunning shade of azure. The tone of blue is always changing, depending on the way gases and minerals react to sunlight.

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