PLITVICE LAKES (distance 65 km)
Plitvice Lakes are composed of 16 interlinked lakes between the
mountains of Mala Kapela and Plješivica in the region of Lika.
The whole area is on certain maps called the Devil's Garden, due
to its landscape and history. According to the legend the Plitvice
lakes were created after a long period of drought. People, animals
and nature were longing for water, even the Black River went dry.
People prayed and prayed. Then appeared in the valley the Black
Queen with her magnificent suite; a strong wind begun to blow
and with a thunder rain fell down on earth. The rain was falling
until the water had grown enough to create the Lakes.
The lake system is divided into the upper lakes and the lower
lakes. The highest of them is Prošcansko Lake (639m) and the lowest
is Novakovica Brod (503m). The upper lakes, surrounded by thick
forests and interlinked by numerous waterfalls, lie in a dolomite
valley, while the lower lakes, smaller and shalower, surounded
only by sparse underbrush, lie on the limestone bedrock. The lakes
receive most of their water from rivers called Black River nd
White River. After the waterfall Sastavci on the lower lakes,
the lakes' water continue to the korana river and the Plitvice
brook, which falls from an elevation of 76m. Cliffy rocks around
the lakes and along Korana comprise 14 caves in limestone and
6 caves in travertine.
Climate is alpine. The water temperature in Prošcansko lake and
Kozjak reaches even 24°C in summer. The whole region is coverd
with snow from November till the end of March; the lakes are frozen
in December and January offering a magical view on the winter