1. Blues and greens mingle at Plitvice Lakes National Park
    © Dongchan ParkBlues and greens mingle at Plitvice Lakes National Park
  2. Tranquility on the Sava River in Slavonian town Davor
    © Ivica BrlićTranquility on the Sava River in Slavonian town Davor
  3. Mljet island and its lovely lakes surrounded by the Adriatic
    © Mljet National Park
  4. Peruča lake graces medieval town Vrlika in continental Dalmatia
    © Vrlika Tourist BoardPeruča lake graces medieval town Vrlika in continental Dalmatia
  5. The Dalmatian hinterland's aptly named Blue lake
    © Yacht RentThe Dalmatian hinterland's aptly named Blue lake
  6. Red lake, hidden within the Biokovo mountain range
    © Imotski Tourist BoardRed lake, hidden within the Biokovo mountain range
  7. Plitvice Lakes National Park in autumn
    © Nickolay KhoroshkovPlitvice Lakes National Park in autumn
  8. Istria's Mirna (meaning 'peaceful') river
    © K. KorlevićIstria's Mirna (meaning 'peaceful') river
  9. Zagreb's Jarun lake, dotted by six small islands
    © Julien DuvalZagreb's Jarun lake, dotted by six small islands
  10. Slavonski Brod's Petnja lake glowing with the colours of fall
    © Željko KlindžićSlavonski Brod's Petnja lake glowing with the colours of fall
  11. Picture-perfect Plitvice Lakes National Park
    © Plitvice Lakes National ParkPicture-perfect Plitvice Lakes National Park
  12. Lakes of Telašćica Nature Park, a bay in central Dalmatia
    © Ivo BiočinaLakes of Telašćica Nature Park, a bay in central Dalmatia
  13. Cascading colours at Plitvice Lakes National Park
    © Croatian National Tourist BoardCascading colours at Plitvice Lakes National Park
  14. Visovac island and monastery in Krka National Park
    © Hrvoje KlaricVisovac island and monastery in Krka National Park
  15. Karst lake in the Dalmatian town of Imotski
    @ Volodymyr SosnytskyiKarst lake in the Dalmatian town of Imotski
  16. Dragon’s Eye lake in coastal town Rogoznica
    @ Like MetkovićDragon’s Eye lake in coastal town Rogoznica
  17. Babića lake in the Lika region
    © MapioBabića lake in the Lika region
  18. Baćina lakes, the perfect roadtrip stop between Makarska and Dubrovnik
    @ Baćinska jezeraBaćina lakes, the perfect roadtrip stop between Makarska and Dubrovnik
  19. Diverse views and colours of the Baćina lakes
    @ piotrvberoDiverse views and colours of the Baćina lakes
  20. Beautiful Bajer lake in Croatia's Gorski Kotar region
    @ ilijaaBeautiful Bajer lake in Croatia's Gorski Kotar region
  21. Bajer lake from above
    @ ilijaaBajer lake from above
  22. Bundek lake backed by Zagreb's skyscrapers
    @ xbrchxBundek lake backed by Zagreb's skyscrapers
  23. Čogrljevo lake in the mountainous Gorski Kotar region
    @ Vrbovsko Tourist BoardČogrljevo lake in the mountainous Gorski Kotar region
  24. Zagreb county's Orešje lake at sunset
    @ Sveta Nedjelja Tourist BoardZagreb county's Orešje lake at sunset
  25. Dalmatia's Peruća lake (the second-largest manmade lake in Croatia)
    © G.I.TepešDalmatia's Peruća lake (the second-largest manmade lake in Croatia)
  26. Prokljansko lake, a jewel of Croatia's Šibenik-Knin county
    @ Ivo BiočinaProkljansko lake, a jewel of Croatia's Šibenik-Knin county
  27. Pretty Prokljansko lake from below
    @ Ivo Biočina/Croatian National Tourist BoardPretty Prokljansko lake from below
  28. Karlovac county's Sabljaci lake, Croatia's seventh largest
    @ Ogulin Tourist BoardKarlovac county's Sabljaci lake, Croatia's seventh largest
  29. The wonderful waters of Torak lake near Šibenik
    @ Drniš Tourist BoardThe wonderful waters of Torak lake near Šibenik
  30. Trakošćan lake (and its namesake castle) in Zagorje county
    @ dreamer4787Trakošćan lake (and its namesake castle) in Zagorje county
  31. Northern Dalmatia's Tribalj lake
    @ ApartmanijaNorthern Dalmatia's Tribalj lake
  32. Central Dalmatia's Vrana lake on one side, the Adriatic on the other
    @ Denis PerošCentral Dalmatia's Vrana lake on one side, the Adriatic on the other
  33. Vrana lake gets even better at sunset
    @ Parkovi HrvatskeVrana lake gets even better at sunset
  34. Vlaška lake in the Neretva river valley
    @ Frane LovoševićVlaška lake in the Neretva river valley
  35. Istria's leafy Mirna river
    @ Istria Tourist BoardIstria's leafy Mirna river
  36. Bosut river in the region of Slavonia
    @ Zeleni OsijekBosut river in the region of Slavonia
  37. Drava river flowing through northern Croatia near Virovitica
    @ Pitomača Tourist BoardDrava river flowing through northern Croatia near Virovitica
  38. Drava river making its way through Croatia's Međimurje county
    @ Lovely MeđimurjeDrava river making its way through Croatia's Međimurje county
  39. The Lika region's must-see Gačka river
    @ MountMan PhotoThe Lika region's must-see Gačka river
  40. Crystal-clear Korana river near the city of Karlovac
    @ ilijaaCrystal-clear Korana river near the city of Karlovac
  41. Korana river winding through central Croatia's town of Slunj
    @ ilijaaKorana river winding through central Croatia's town of Slunj
  42. Krka National Park's waterfall-bespeckled river
    @ Ivo BiočinaKrka National Park's waterfall-bespeckled river
  43. Krka river gently sloping through Dalmatian hills
    @ Ivo BiočinaKrka river gently sloping through Dalmatian hills
  44. Kupa river in Risnjak National Park
    @ Ivo BiočinaKupa river in Risnjak National Park
  45. Kupa river's Karlovac county branch
    @ dreamer4787Kupa river's Karlovac county branch
  46. Marvelous Mrežnica river is an hour away from Zagreb by car
    @ ilijaaMarvelous Mrežnica river is an hour away from Zagreb by car
  47. The Međimurje region's Mura river and old-school watermill
    @ xbrchxThe Međimurje region's Mura river and old-school watermill
  48. Neretva river in Dubrovnik-Neretva county
    @ Boris KačanNeretva river in Dubrovnik-Neretva county
  49. Zagreb's slice of the stunning Sava river
    @ ilijaaZagreb's slice of the stunning Sava river
  50. Zrmanja river in Zadar County
    @ Susy BaelsZrmanja river in Zadar County
  51.  Ponds and swamps of the Kopački Rit Nature Park in Slavonia
    @ Goran Šafarek Ponds and swamps of the Kopački Rit Nature Park in Slavonia
  52. Kopački Rit Nature Park at dusk
    @ Ivo Biočina/Croatian National Tourist BoardKopački Rit Nature Park at dusk
  53. Lonja Field Nature Park in Sisak-Moslavina county
    @ Davor RostuharLonja Field Nature Park in Sisak-Moslavina county
  54. Lonja Field Nature Park from below
    @ Zoran JelačaLonja Field Nature Park from below

In pictures: 54 photos of Croatia's splendid lakes and rivers

Take a virtual dive into Croatia's wonderful waterways

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The Adriatic sea is a major draw for Croatia's visitors, but the country also has over 60 lakes and rivers - and each could headline a postcard in its own right. From inland lagoons and canyon creeks to crystal-clear lakes adorning Dalmatian islands, we're bringing you 54 photos of Croatia's best blues. 

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