In the first three months of 2015 visitor numbers to the largest national park in Croatia, and what is oldest national park in Southeast Europe, had increased by more than 50% compared with the same period last year, which was a record year. Despite a cold, windy and in parts snowy long Easter weekend, Plitvice Lakes National Park was filled this weekend with tourists from all over the world. The National Park’s renowned restaurant, Lička kuća, has also opened its doors after being destroyed in a fire three years ago.
Accommodation at the National Park this Easter weekend was at over 86% capacity, which suggests Plitvice Lakes National Park could be in for its best ever year. What has changed over the last few years is the make-up of the tourist arrivals. There are fewer Europeans amongst the visitors and more arriving from Asia. A lot more tourists are also making their way to the famous park outside the peak season.
In 2013 over 1.2 million visitors passed through the gates at Plitvice Lakes National Park, and it looks like that number will be comfortably passed this year.