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Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the main natural attractions in Croatia. The park is located in the central part of the country in a mountainous area.
The reserve covers an area of about 29.5 hectares, and includes a cascade of 16 large lakes and several small bodies of water, as well as 140 beautiful waterfalls & nbsp; and 20 caves.
By location, all lakes are divided into two groups:
Plitvice Lakes were the first in Croatia to receive the status of a national park in 1949. At the same time, it was forbidden to visit this park, in order to preserve the unique ecosystem of this area. In 1958, a program of tourist routes was created and implemented, which did not have a negative impact on the natural landscape, and the park was opened to tourists. In 1979, the Plitvice Lakes National Park was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Now you can move around the park not only on wooden decks, which are intended for cycling and walking, but also on environmentally friendly transport (pleasure boats, electric trains, electric ferries).
Any activity that may lead to a violation of the ecological balance is prohibited in the reserve (for example, swimming, making a fire) .
On the territory of Plitvice Lakes, virgin beech and coniferous forests, capable of self-restoration, have been preserved. The flora of the park is very diverse and has about 1200 species of plants, including 50 species of orchids. The animal world is also rich, bears, roe deer, otters, lynxes, wolves and so on, as well as about 120 species of birds live here.
Since 1981, the"Plitvice Marathon" has been held in the park. which is attended by runners from 15 countries.
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Topic: Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia.