Turquoise, Plitvice Lake, Croatia (IMAGE)
The extraordinarily beautiful pocket of wooded hills in this World Heritage site enclose 16 turquoise lakes that are connected by waterfalls and cascades. The mineral-rich waters carve through the rock, depositing tufa in continually changing formations. Wooden footbridges follow the rumbling water for an exhilaratingly damp 18km (11mi). Animal life flourishes in the unspoiled conditions. The stars of the park are bears and wolves, but there are also deer, boar, rabbits, foxes and badgers. There are over 120 different species of bird such as hawks, owls, cuckoos, thrushes, starlings, kingfishers, wild ducks and herons. You might also occasionally see black storks and ospreys. Flocks of butterflies flutter throughout the park.
PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA
Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is something similar to the Grand Canyon. The big difference is that instead of red-colored picturesque rocks, you will find bright green moss lining the sides of the beautiful lakes. The park is comprised of 16 large lakes at various levels of elevation, each formed by runoff from the lakes situated above. The lakes are linked by a series of both large and small waterfalls. The color of water varies from crystal clear to azure and turquoise.