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A Guide to Krka Waterfalls
One of the most scenic parts of Dalmatia is undoubtedly the famous Krka National Park. There are few places in Europe which are as naturally beautiful, and with the mighty Krka River running through it, there are some spectacular waterfalls to check out – these are without a doubt one of the most iconic features of the region overall.
You might be wondering what is so awe-inspiring about a waterfall; you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong! Simply Googling images of the Krka waterfalls will show you why this wonderfully natural area gets so busy, especially during the summer months, and the seven waterfalls which make up the park sit deep into some of the lushest vegetation you will set eyes on anywhere. On top of this, the park is also known for history, with the Krka Monastery, a must visit too.
How to Get to Krka National Park
Krka National Park is easy to reach by bus or car. From Dubrovnik, you are looking at around 6 hours by bus, or half the time if you drive. If you are arriving from Split, the drive is around 1.5 hours and is a very scenic journey too.
If you want to take a trip and have someone drive you and show you the sights, we recommend the Pelican Tours’ excursion to Krka National Park which has been rated as the Best Krka Tour from Split in 2016 on Viator and Expedia.
There are five entrances to the park, with the main ones being Skradin and Lozovac. From the Lozovac entrance, you will park up your car and be taken to the main waterfalls by bus during July and August. If you arrive at the Skradin entrance, you will enjoy a boat ride, which takes around 25 minutes, with boats leaving every hour.
Local Tip: As of June 2017, a maximum of 10,000 visitors will be permitted at any one time at Skradinski Buk – so book ahead and be sure to secure your tickets in advance. See more at https://www.parkovihrvatske.hr/webshop
Entry Fees to Krka
Prices vary depending on the time of year, and children under seven years are free.
Any time of the year is a good time to visit, as the various seasons show a different side of the park. However, summer is the most popular time, with swimming available in the southern part of the park.
The Waterfalls of Krka National Park
Out of the seven waterfalls which make up the park, without a doubt, the most famous is Skradinski Buk, and this is where the bus will transport you to from the Lozovac entrance.
This is the longest waterfall on the entire river and the power and might of it really does take your breath away. You can view the waterfall from various platforms, with paths and bridges set around the area for you to nature walk, all leading to the falls. Along the way, there are also water mills and columns for washing back in the day, which are fascinating to check out. The old architecture of the area has been kept as close as possible, with several of the water mills now turned into souvenir shops, in the same style.
This 22.5m high waterfall is also known as the ‘vast’ waterfall, because of its size, and before you reach the thundering waters of the fall itself, there are cascades, travertine islands, and backwaters leading up to it. To get to the waterfall, you venture through beautiful green landscapes, with 517 historic wooden steps to navigate between Ozidana Pecina cave and the falls themselves. There is also a Roman road over the top of the waterfall and a complex of mills to explore. This is basically not only about nature, but also about history, with Roski Slap probably being the most impressive of all the waterfalls in the area.
Along the Knin-Kistanje road, you will find the hidden Manojlovac Slap waterfall. This is the third largest waterfall in the series and many visitors to the region count it as the most picturesque, with a height of 59.6m. The canyon around the water is probably the biggest attraction aside from the fall itself because nature walkers will be in their element, with overgrown vegetation to explore and various wildlife calling it home. The noise of the waterfall can certainly be heard before it comes into view, and during times of high water you will see a rainbow mist floating high into the air – a truly magnificent sight.
The first waterfall in the park is Bilusica Buk and is one of the easiest to reach. The canyon is again great to explore on foot, with hiking trails easily marked out, before a trail running its way down towards the falls themselves. There are two watermills found along this stretch of the river, nodding back in history, and the power of the falls is huge, so again, you will hear the thundering noise before you get to view it for yourself.
These are the four main waterfalls, out of the 7 in total in the park. The smaller falls are certainly worth a visit, and these are less crowded areas too, however, if you really want to check out Mother Nature in her mightiest form, then the big hitters in the park should be your destination.
Make sure you dress for the occasion, with comfortable and sensible walking shoes, and bring your swimming gear, as certain areas do allow swimming during the summer months.
The only question is now, when will you visit Krka National Park?