On May 23, my wife and I will be leaving Split in a rental car. We can leave any time during the day. The plan is shaping up as driving to the Plitvice NP area so we can enter first thing the next morning, and spend as much as the whole day there as long as there is about 2 1/2 hours to drive to our hotel next to the Zagreb Airport at night.
1. There are 3 hotels next to the NP entrance, but are there recommended places between Split and the NP that we should consider?
2. At this time of year will we be able to find and book a place before leaving Split, or should we do it now?
3. Are there sights to be seen, even if it's just an appealing local cafe, between the NP and Zagreb?
4. Don't know what time we'll get to Zagreb, but it will be around sunset. Is there one place to eat that we should not miss, in your opinion.