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If you are staying in Split one of the great day trips you can take is to KrKa National Park. 

Although my first choice was a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park (recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) it wasn’t possible logistically for us so we decided to find a Krka National Park tour from Split. (If you are interested in visiting Plitvice check out this excellent Guide to Plitvice!)

We found a tour with Viator which fitted the bill for us and included a side trip to Sibenik too which was another place on our Croatian bucket list. I will include details of tours at the bottom of the post if you are ready to book an excursion after you have seen the photographs!

KrKa National Park in Croatia

The KrKa River and its basin covers an area of 109 square kilometres. The area most people will be familiar with from photographs will probably be Skradinski buk but more about that later!

Our KrKa National Park entrance ticket provides us with a helpful map which will give you an idea of the park!

KrKa National Park Croatia

On our way the coach pulled over near a place called Drniš where we were able to take some stunning images of the area.

view from the coach on the KrKa tour


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Skradinski buk

We arrived at Skradinski buk which is the largest and the most commonly visited waterfall on the KrKa river. Between April and October it can be reached via either the Lozovac entrance or the Skradin entrance. (I believe you get to the falls via boat or following a 4km biking or walking trail from the Skradin entrance – please check the website though!)

We arrived at the Lozovac entrance. If you are on a tour your coach will take you but if you arrive in your own car you need to park at the top.  A complimentary bus service brings you down. The drive down to the falls was quite scary exhilarating in the bus and the views were beautiful.

Once you are at the bottom you then follow a trail to the waterfalls. Click the link for a map of Skradinski buk

footpath-to-the-falls KrKa National Park

The trail takes about an hour to walk and is really lovely.

It is possible to swim around the falls – my husband did – but it when we were there in late August it was crowded. It is not easy to actually get into the water and wearing shoes is an absolute must.

We spent a few more hours enjoying the falls before boarding the coach for our trip to Sibenik.


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Tips for KrKa National Park

  • We booked the trip though Viator but there are loads of trips to KrKa available from Split – see below for some of the great options!
  • Wear your swimming costume under your clothes as there is no-where to change!
  • There is food and drink for sale but it is expensive – either take your own or take cash to buy some at the falls.
  • Do wear those water shoe things that are for sale everywhere in Croatia or you may find it difficult to get into the water – it isn’t easy anyway but with nothing to protect your feet ouch!
  • Here is the link to the official website – check it out for maps and more information! Visiting KrKa National Park
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Have you been to Croatia? Did you visit Plitvice or KrKa – what did you think? If not what are the most spectacular waterfalls you have seen?


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Author: Tracy

Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

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56 thoughts on “Visiting KrKa National Park in Croatia

  1. Katy says:

    I just love the deep aqua of the water and beautiful waterfalls. I made it to Plitvice but not KrKa so we’ll just have to go back and swap notes! Thanks for sharing beautiful Croatia again with us on #FarawayFiles Tracy

  2. Phoebe | Lou Messugo says:

    I’ve done the opposite to you and have been to Plitivice but not Krka for pretty much the same reason as you, it just wasn’t possible logistically to get to Krka on our itinerary. Plitivice is stunning and probably the most beautiful body of water I’ve ever seen but what I like about Krka is that you can actually swim (not allowed at Plitivice) (I also love the name “Krka”!) #FarawayFiles

    • Tracy Collins says:

      I can’t pronounce it but KrKa is a great name. My husband loved swimming there! (I was a bit more reluctant as getting in the water is a bit tricky) I still want to visit Plitvice – next time we are in Croatia its a must!

  3. Allison says:

    Croatia is my new fascination. It was never on my radar until a few months ago and now I can’t stop thinking about it. It looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing about Krka and giving me something else to put on my ideal itinerary. #farawayfiles

    • Tracy Collins says:

      Its a fantastic place to visit – so far I seem to have written about 100 posts about it with some more to come but it was so brilliant I have to share it all! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Erin Gustafson @oregongirlaroundtheworld says:

    Another place in Croatia we missed! We decided to go out to the islands instead of a day tour from Split. I had heard it was so crowded, so we decided as a family to prioritize somewhere else. But like I said before – I will DEFINITELY be back to Croatia! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles – Erin

    • Tracy Collins says:

      We want to head to the islands next time Erin as we didn’t see many except the day trip to the Elafit Islands. I have Hvar in my sights!! Its a great country and I think when we are back in Europe we will be visiting again a lot!

  5. Kana says:

    I love love looooove national parks so it was nice to see this post! It looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for joining #FlyAwayFriday and always following the rules, we appreciate it so much! xo

  6. Ruth says:

    Wow! This place is completely amazing. I can’t get over all those shades of blue. I am surprised by the first set of photos you presented. Doesn’t the lake with a little island in the middle looks a lot like Lake Bled? #FlyAwayFriday

  7. Karla at GlobalETA says:

    I’ve heard so many things about how incredible Croatia is and your photos are just more evidence! I love to hike so this would be a great excursion for me. Thanks for sharing; Croatia just keeps moving up my list!

  8. David says:

    Krka is just one of many waterfalls I’m keen to see next time I visit Croatia, especially after looking through your photos. I’ll be sure to keep your tips in mind, pinning for future reference. #FlyAwayFriday

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