Happening Hrvatska, Croatia – part 3 - Al Fresco Holidays
Part 3 of Nick Rigg’s visit to Croatia in May where he explores one of Croatia’s natural wonders…
Plitvice National Park
I had decided to finally visit Plitvice Lakes this weekend as a counterpoint to all those islands and olive groves. Plitvice is Croatia’s foremost national park and a UNESCO protected attraction around 3 hours drive from Pula and 2 from Zadar.
I stayed at a typical guest house in Korana, a village bordering the park.
For 12 pounds per night you get a studio apartment and an aperitif spot by the river which would be hard to beat anywhere.
Croatia has only tourism to live off now after the decline of its various industries so they are keen to make it work; there is some wine production mainly in Istria (Malvasia and Teran are quite good) and the food is wonderful for either fish, meat or vegetables.
There is hope that after entering the EC in July prices will drop (!) but they won’t have the Euro until 2 years, if there still is such a thing.
English is very widely spoken even in rural areas; at the guest house the children spoke fluent English even if their parents didn’t.
Campsites are overtaking hotels in terms of investment opportunities and the one big difference to other beach-side parcs anywhere else in Europe is space.
One park I visited had 4km of uninterrupted coastline!
All combined, it lives up to its tag of “Europe as it used to be” but it’s worth also adding “and where you’ll want to be”.