A basic guide to Krka national park, Croatia

On our summer trip to Croatia we decided to visit another iconic national park – Krka national park. There are impressive waterfalls, cool ponds, a museum and the possibility to swim (not like in Plitvice national park, but more on that later).

We helped ourselves with planning with the official website but weren’t really happy with the results as we saw when we arrived. I will also write down all the tips (mistakes we learned from and you shouldn’t do them as well) later. Anyway, let’s start at the beginning.

Arrive

We arrived by car from Šibenik in less than 30 min. Šibenik is a very good base for exploring the Krka waterfalls also because the city has a lovely old town and a chill city beach.

There are 5 different entrances, but if you are coming from Šibenik these 2 are the nearest: Skradin and Lozovac. We recommend you use Skradin as from there you enter the park by boat (if you decide for Lozovac, you’ll use a bus).

But be aware of the parking system in Skradin – there’s an official parking lot where you park by hour (10KN) and there are many pushy touts where they want around 50KN for the day (which is actually not bad if you stay long). If you’re lucky, some restaurants offer free parking, if you have lunch/dinner there after your visit.

See and do

Waterfalls, what else 😊

If you come by boat from Skradin, first thing you’ll see is a big wide waterfall. This is Skradinski Buk, the biggest waterfall in the park. From there just follow the circular path to other waterfalls and lakes.

Museum

There is a museum village, where you can see old (working) mills, learn about blacksmiths, weawing … the exhibitions are really good, so don’t miss them.

Swim

At Skradinski Buk you are still allowed to take a dip. Although this will change in 2021, because the park decided to forbid it. If you’re here in 2020, take the last chance and go for a swim, but be carefull as it is quite tricky to get in, once in the water look our for big rocks and stay in the designated area.

Good to know

  • Visit as early as possible, it gets crazy busy already at noon.
  • Note that the boats from Skradin leave only every full hour starting at 8:00.
  • At the waterfall Skradinski Buk you can buy all kinds of food and drinks (crepes, ice cream, fast food etc.).
  • Right now you have to wear a mask on the boat and bus.
  • The paths are well maintained and you can easily walk in flip flops.
  • Do not feed the animals and leave the flowers bloom.
  • There’s a big difference in price between the months (50% and more), so maybe check on their website if you can visit outside the peak season and save some big bucks.

If you have time, visit the spring of river Cetina

Just about an hour inland you can also visit the amazingly cold spring of river Cetina. At the time of our visit they were building a viewing platform next to the church. If you decide to visit, you should know that swimming is not advisable (but it’s not forbidden (yet)), but the water is ICE cold and can be dangerous.

Of course we made a Youtube video about our visit. We compared our visit to Plitvice national park with our visit to Krka national park. There you can find out which we liked more and at the end you can see how this hidden spring looks like. Enjoy 😉
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4 thoughts on “A basic guide to Krka national park, Croatia

  1. It is very long since I went to this national park. It was actually on my very first visit to the Balkan region of Europe. Was a very impressive little waterfall and a wonderfull sail to the waterfall on a warm spring day.

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