Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke, Croatia

Croatia was so much more than we expected it to be! They have so much diversity ranging from waterfall parks, wine, fresh fruit, islands, historic buildings, beaches, crystal clear waters and wonderful friendly locals.

I decided to split up our trip into a few blog posts, because there is just no way that I can write about everything in one post! We decided on a holiday in Croatia at the very last minute. I booked our accommodation 2 days before we left and some of it while we were travelling, and I have to say it worked well. It gave us the option to be more flexible.

Last year we visited the KRKA national park and we loved it, so this year we just had one MUST do and that was to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park. We’ve seen so many photos about this magical place online that we had to experience it for ourselves. While checking out accommodation near Plitvice Lakes I thankfully discovered a little town called Rastoke. Absolute heaven! We wanted to stay at the amazing Apartment Slap that you can book via Air BnB. It’s a 300 year old family house that was used as a watermill but now newly decorated. Unfortunately it wasn’t available and we ended up booking a room at Guest House Nena via Nena and her husband was so welcoming and helpful. They made our stay extra special and I definitely recommend staying at their place if you are in the area. It’s a 5 minute walk until you see the first waterfall and you can hear the waterfalls from the guest house.

After we arrived we immediately walked to town and started to explore Rastoke and had dinner at Petro’s. It’s a hidden gem and one of the most beautiful little towns I’ve ever seen.  What makes it exceptional is the fact that the village is build around waterfalls and all you hear is the sound of water falling. It’s also known as “The Small Lakes of Plitvice”. It’s peaceful, unique and little slice of heaven.

You don’t need more than an afternoon to explore this little village which makes it a great place to stop the day before going to visit Plitvice Lakes.




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The next morning we drove to Plitvice Lakes (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and entered this National Park at the main entrance gate. We decided on Trail B (lower lakes) that took us about 4 hours to complete and it also included a scenic boat ride that Liam loved. I think it’s a great one to do when you have kids. It’s not too long, you can stop along the way if you need to and there’s also a little shop and restaurant where you wait to take the boat ride on the crystal clear waters of lake Kozjak. After the boat ride you have the option to hike all the way back to the main gate or you can take a short bus ride for more or less half the way and then walk the last bit.

This place is absolute heaven and if you visit Croatia it’s a MUST SEE in my opinion.

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You can also watch our Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes travel vlog.


Lots of Love








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