Krka Waterfalls National Park


The Krka National Park in Dalmatia is a spacious, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value. The 142 sq km area 10 km inland from Sibenik was proclaimed a national park in January 1985. There are entrances to the park at Lozovac, Skradin and Roski Slap.

The Skradin entrance involves a free boat ride to Skradinski Buk and there are also boat excursions on offer to Visovac Island, Roski Slap, Krka Monastery and the early Croatian fortresses of Trosenj and Nečven. The time to visit Krka is in summer when the Mediterranean heat is counteracted by the presence of the river and waterfalls; in winter it is likely to be wet and some of the park at least will not be open.

With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 metres, the Krka River is a natural and karstic phenomenon. Over thousands of years Krka’s limestone rock has been formed into a series of gorges and waterfalls by the dissolving action of carbon dioxide and water on the carbonate rock. There is also an extensive system of underground waterways through potholes and caves. Skradinski Buk (pictures) is the longest travertine barrier on the Krka River, and one of the most famous natural beauties of Croatia. It consists of a large clear natural pool with 17 waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. Sightseeing at Skradinski Buk is possible, owing to a network of paths and bridges that permits pleasant and safe walking. The water below Skradinski Buk is in fact seawater, owing to the “ria” or mouth of the river being submerged when the Adriatic sea-level rose after the last ice age.

As well as the fascination of the landscape, the park is ideal for bird watchers and nature lovers in general, with 222 bird species having been identified as resident, including ospreys and several species of eagle. There is also a hawk training centre (the only one in Croatia) where you can watch birds of prey being put through their paces by the trainers. Those visitors interested in plants will find much to discover too, as 860 species have been identified within the park. There is a restaurant, souvenir shop and an ethno museum in one of the old mill buildings. On Visovac Island, which you can visit, there is a monastery founded by Franciscans in 1445, and within the park there is also an Eastern Orthodox monastery dating from 1345, although it was rebuilt in the 18th century.
Krka National Park is open from 09.00 to 18.00, and for those who want to stay nearby, there is accommodation in the town of Skradin.

Official website: Krka National Park
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