The Krka National Park includes several locations of extremely preserved nature alongside the Krka River.
The area has been declared as a national park in 1985 and since then has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world.
Some people call it "younger sister of Plitvice Lakes" since there are lots of similarities between these two parks. Plitvice is considered to be the most beautiful natural attraction of Croatia tourism
The main attractions of Krka include waterfalls, river canyon, clear water, swimming places, boat tours, and unique flora and fauna.
Locations of Park are as follows:
- Skradinski buk
- Roški slap waterfall
- Visovac Island
- Manastir Krka
- Eco campus Puljane
Skradinski Buk is the most visited attraction of the park. It is located 15 kilometers away from Sibenik, and 90 kilometers away from Split.
How to arrive at Skradinski Buk
Two ways of transportation to Skradinski Buk are car and bus. There are two entrances to the park: Skradin and Lozovac. Lozovac features free parking and bus ride to the entrance of the park, which is included in the ticket price.
Buses to Skradinski Buk depart from most of major Croatian cities like Split, Zadar and nearby Sibenik.
Skradinski Buk tour
I decided to visit by car. I left my car in Lozovac. The ticket price was around 5 euros, which is valid only for winter season.
During the summer season ticket is more expensive.
I didn't want to wait for the bus which would take me down to the park, so I went there on foot. It took me about 20 minutes to arrive at the entrance.
A tour of the park took me less than two hours. The main sights were beautiful Krka waterfalls, old mills, the church of St. Nicholas and preserved nature alongside the river.
The entire park was well marked by indicative signs and accompanying texts. That's what made my understanding of details really easy. However, the park also offers tour guides for groups and individuals.
The waterfall is the most beautiful attraction of Skradinski Buk. The total height difference between the highest and lowest points of the waterfall is about 45 meters.
The Church of St. Nicholas
The interesting fact about the church is its construction. It is mostly built of dripstone.
Skradinski Buk lakes
There are 9 lakes at Skradinski Buk. Among them is the Šupuk's lake, which was used to power one of the first hydropower plants in the world, which was built on Krka in 1895. Energy from the hydropower plant was used for lighting the city of Sibenik. The lake surface area is approximately 2000 square meters.
Skradinski Buk Mills
It is said that mills were built on Krka in the 12th century. In the 19th century, the watermill was replaced by steam mills.
All the mills on Krka were closed in the 1970s.
The Imperial Belvedere
The Imperial Belvedere was built in honor of Emperor Franjo Josip, who visited Skradin in 1875.
The island Visovac is situated in a lake of the same name, not far from Skradinski Buk. You can reach this location only by boat. There are boat tours from Skradinski Buk and from a place called Stinice.
The island is famous for its Franciscan monastery featuring library with numerous cultural values.
Roški Slap waterfall
The next destination of National Park to visit is Roški Slap. There are two ways of getting to Roški slap: by car and boat line. Car ride from Skradinski Buk to Roski Slap lasts 60 minutes and includes narrow road. That's why I recommend taking a boat tour from Visovac or Skradinski Buk to Roški Slap.
Roški Waterfall is the sixth waterfall of the river Krka. Apart from the waterfall, there are beautiful seabed caves in this Park location. There is a walking trail with wonderful views just near waterfall.
For those who like hiking, there is also a hiking trail to the viewpoint from which the canyon of the river Krka can be seen. That place also features the best viewpoint of the Roški slap. Hiking is only possible with good weather conditions and suitable equipment.