One of the eight national parks in Croatia, but one of two that contain lakes and waterfalls (other being Plitvice), Krka national park is named after river Krka that it encloses. It’s a gorgeous park with a wide path to explore and with numerous points from where you can enjoy sight of the main waterfall.
Let’s start with facts first.
National park Krka is located in the middle of Šibenik-Knin county. This park was formed in 1985 to protect the Krka River and although it was intended to serve for scientific and cultural purposes. This is the only park in Croatia that limits number of people that can be there at the same time, so if there are more than 10 000 people in the park at the same time you will have to wait in a queue. Krka national park covers area of 109 square kilometers along the Krka River. It has seven travertine barriers and a unique ecosystem. Park is exceptionally rich in both, flora and fauna. Here you can find more than 800 different plants and some even are endemic species. When talking about flora, we must mention lavender. Here you can find second highest density of lavender in whole Europe (beware of wasps and bees!).
Ten endemic species of fish can be found in Krka national park including brown trout and Dalmatian barbelgudgeon. When talking about birds, over 200 birds can be found here and this makes it ornithologically one of the most valuable regions of Europe.
At the Krka National Park there are multiple activities you can engage in. Activities vary from various hiking trails, sightseeing tours, boat trips, souvenir shops and/or restaurants.
Most attractive part of the park is Skradinski buk. One of Croatia’s most famous sights has high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other (just look at the pictures). This will probably be absolute highlight of your journey. Skradinski buk is considered to be one of the most beautiful calcium carbonate waterfalls in Europe.
From Skradinski buk you can take short boat ride to the island of Visovac (45 minutes each way). On the island you can find home to Roman Catholic Monastery and Serbian Eastern Orthodox Monastery surrounded with amazing garden. It is small beautiful island with history. We think it would be interesting to learn some of the history of this monastery. To make sure you see everything it offers it is a good idea to take islands’ guide with you.
Second most popular attraction of the Krka National Park is Roški slap. Around it there is a hiking trail which offers breathtaking views of the waterfall. There is also a hiking trail.
Taking hike is a must in national park, but make sure you wear sneakers and bring water with you. Just to be ready, hike will take anywhere from 30 min to 1 hour depending on your speed. Hiking trails will take you through the park and lead you to all of the spectacular waterfalls. Little flowers can be found everywhere, but your eyes will be on the water which is so clean and clear. When you are tired and want to relax, there is a restaurant onsite to enjoy lunch and refreshments. Don’t forget about souvenir shop.
The best thing we saved for last. Swimming in the river is allowed! Make sure you bring your swimming costume and towel with you. We would recommend watershoes, since getting from the shore into swimming area can be difficult (lots of rocks and they are either very sharp or very slippery – algae).
We guarantee that you will be absolutely blown away by stunningly beautiful waterfalls and you will definitely return as soon as possible, but with more time to explore or bathe. Krka national park has amazing wildlife and fantastic views. You will take tens of photos and look them over and over again. This is a must visit, no matter the season.
Our price is:
1-4 person = 150 €
4-8 person = 200 €
PRICE INCLUDES: Private transfer with air conditioned vehicle, hotel pick up and drop off, departure and return times by your own preferences, fuel and insurance.