The Krka National Park is located in Southern Croatia along the Krka River. The magnificent area of natural beauty is best known for its series of seven stunning waterfalls. The national park is one of Croatia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The beautiful park covers an extensive area of 142sq.km, and is named after the Krka River which runs through it. The park was created to help protect the river. The park is situated about 10km from Sibenik and can be accessed via public transport or with a guided excursion.
Krka National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, from waterfalls to gorges and miles of greenery. The site also boasts an array of fascinating man-made structures, including the monasteries which were built in the park by monks.
Over 800 different species of plants can be found among the Krka National Park, while visitors can also spot a myriad of over 200 different birds flying through the skies, as well as 18 different species of bat. Down by the river, a variety of reptiles and amphibians call this spot their home.
To explore the park in full walk the Skradinski Buk Trail, which is around an hour journey in total taking in each of the falls.
Pictured here is Roski Slap, one of the smaller of the seven falls, which leads into the main attraction of the park Skradinski Buk. For many, Skradinski Buk, the largest waterfall in the park, is the highlight. Skradinski Buk (buk means cascade in Croatian) is the seventh and final of the park’s falls. It is also the longest waterfall in the Krka National Park and is formed by a series of 17 steps measuring up to an outstanding 800m in total. The falls also boast an impressive width at 200m-400m each. The size of the falls alone make them something to behold.
The huge waterfall empties into a large pool of water below which is a popular spot for visitors to take a refreshing swim under the falls. Adrenaline seekers can even jump into the pool from the final step of Skradinski Buk – a height of 12m.
While Skradinski Buk is undoubtedly a visitor highlight of Krka National Park this waterfall can be crowded and noisy in peak season. The other smaller falls however offer a quieter respite away from the main crowds of the park, where visitors can marvel at the beauty of the falls and truly enjoy the magic of nature among a quieter setting.
The Roski Slap as pictured is stated by many as being the real gem of Krka National Park, and in a large part it remains an undiscovered gem.
This area of the park has so much to offer, including a hiking trail around the cascaded waterfalls and a scenic walk to the ethno village from which the main waterfall can be viewed.
The ethno villages are very much the heart of the Krka National Park, which give an authentic insight into the lives of the Croatian people who lived along this area for centuries. The village includes a traditional watermill and workshops to learn about the traditional way of life in the area, and also offers a restaurant and coffee shop for refreshments. The restaurant also offers a terrace with stunning views.
For ramblers there is a selection of climbing options available to get the best views in the park. For the adventurous and experienced climber, head to the viewpoint overlooking the Krka River in the south direction. This is a challenging walk along rocks, but the view at the end is a reward for the effort. The route is however only recommended for those with adequate experience to make the climb.
For those less experienced climbers, head underground to the Ozidana Cave – a fascinating insight in itself. Upon exit from the cave you will be treated to an incredible viewpoint of the falls.
From Roski Slap there is also the option to visit the Krka Monastery, which is a 2.5 hour boat ride from the falls. Along the way you will pass the Trošenj and Nečven fortresses.
It is also possible to stay among the beauty of Krka National Park with a hotel located right among the Roski Slap.
The best time to visit the Krka National Park to see the falls in full flow is in autumn or early winter, though they are beautiful all year round. The summer months provide a better temperature for those wanting to take a swim in the waterfalls’ refreshing pool.
Thank you to Graham Carter, Managing Director of Cruise Croatia for permission to share the photograph.