National Plitvice Lakes Day in Croatia Date in the current year: April 8, 2018

National Plitvice Lakes Day in Croatia National Plitvice Lakes Day is a Croatian ecological observance held annually on April 8. It is dedicated to one of the country’s most impressive natural landmarks that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1979, alongside the historical complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian and the Old City of Dubrovnik.

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera) is situated in central Croatia. It is famous for its picturesque lakes arranged in cascades, waterfalls and caves that formed naturally thanks to the Korana river flowing through the karst region. The national park is heavily forested, mainly with fir, spruce and beech trees. Its area is home to an extremely wide variety of animal and bird species.

The name Plitvice was first mentioned by Dominik Vukasović, the priest of Otočac, in a written document dated by 1777. The Plitvice Lakes National Park was officially founded on April 8, 1949. The anniversary of this event is now celebrated as the National Plitvice Lakes Day. The park was opened to the public in 1958 and added to the UNESCO World Heritage register in 1979.

The Plitvice Lakes are one of Croatia’s most frequently visited tourist attractions that draws over 1 million visitors every year.

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Ecological Observances

Country

Croatia

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