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