Krka National Park – the Hidden Treasure of Croatia
Visiting Krka National Park
Krka National Park is often overlooked by tourists in favour of the Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik and the beautiful islands of Croatia. This is one of the places which you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Croatia. In recent years Krka has established itself as the second most visited national park in the country.
Krka National Park is a wonderful natural preserve and one of the most picturesque places in the Dalmatia region. The park encloses an area of 109 square kilometers and is situated along the river Krka. Like the Plitvice Lakes it also has great natural value and a preserved ecosystem. You can enjoy the travertine cascades of waterfalls, rivers, lakes and the large variety of flora and fauna.
There are more than 800 species of plants in the national park. You will also notice a lot of animal species which live mainly in and around the waters of the Krka River. The area also houses more than 200 species of birds. There are different monasteries located here as well, like the Serbian Eastern Orthodox Monastery and Roman Catholic Monastery, located on the small island of Visovac.
There are also 7 waterfalls located in different places. The most grand and popular is Skradinski buk. Almost all tourists focus on this exact waterfall. It is a range of 17 small waterfalls, spread out on 800 meters of length. The width of the cascades is between 200 and 400 meters with a total altitude of around 45 meters between them. This is the longest waterfall and its power is impressive. You can observe it from different angles to get a full idea of its magnificence.
Don’t forget to take a swimwear, because swimming here is permitted. There are many pleasant picnic spots on the territory of the waterfall in case you’ve brought food.
Another famous landmark within the preserve is the Roški slap waterfall. It’s a series of 12 waterfalls covering over 650 meters of length, 450 meters width and of around 22.5 meters of difference between them.
The walk around the whole park will take you between 2 and 3 hours depending on walking speed. There are many wooden paths and bridges along the route constructed in the park, which go through picturesque areas.
How to Get to the Krka National Park
Krka National Park is located close to the big Dalmatia cities Sibenik, Zadar and Split. Sibenik is closest to the park – it’s around 13 kilometers away, followed by Zadar – 77 kilometers and Split – 87 kilometers. The most comfortable way to get to the park is by car. You can take the bus as well obviously, but you would have to depend on its schedule.
Working Hours and Prices
Depending on the season the park is open to visitors during a different time interval.
November – February – 9:00 – 16:00
October 16 – October 31 and March – 9:00 – 17:00
October 1 – October 15 and April – 8:00 – 18:00
May and September – 8:00 – 19:00
June, July and August – 8:00 до 20:00
You can find all different prices here, depending on the period of visit.
When to Visit Krka National Park
Most of the park is open for visitors during the entire duration of the year. Each season will show you a different kind of beauty. I would recommend visiting during the spring, when the waters are lush and everything is colored in green.
I would not recommend visiting during the summer. During the summer season, especially in July and in August, the park sells 10 000 tickets a day, making it extremely overcrowded.
During the fall and the winter there are less people, so if you would like to enjoy the nature and the quiet, then this is your time.
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