We motor sailed up from the fresh water river of Skadin back out to the Adriatic and pointed our nose North. Passed lots of yachts racing as we dodged numerous islands, large and small. We arived at Zadar at 4pm, passing the famous sea organ and headed to Zadar Marina, which at 130 euros a night (ouch) was the cheapest of any of the marinas in the immediate area. Marinas are It in Zadar – not much in the way of anchoring.
We tied up and walked into the old town where we checked out the old walls and gates, the Roman forum and some impressive old churches.
Next day, we hired a car and drove a couple of hours into the mountains to visit Croatia’s Number 1 tourist attraction.
The sheer beauty of Plitvice National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland. Its supposedly populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species, although we somehow missed seeing any of these. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres.
We parked and hopped on a bus/train that takes you to the top of a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. We followed the walkways that wind around and across the water, before taking the Lake Kozjak ferry that links the upper and lower lakes. After a quick lunch, we continued to explore the lower lakes until we got to Veliki Slap, a 78m-high waterfall. Luckily we left the best to last.
What a day. Took 230 photos but will only bore you with this selection. One of the most stunning natural places we’ve visited on our adventure!