Visiting KrKa National Park in Croatia

Visiting KrKa National Park in Croatia

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!

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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?


PLEASE CONSIDER PINNING TO PINTEREST! – VISITING KRKA NATIONAL PARK


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TOUR OPTIONS TO KRKA FROM SPLIT


 


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56 Comments

    • December 14, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      Hi Tanja we didn’t make it to Plitvice due to logistics – we loved KrKa though!

    • December 14, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks Bethan – there are lots more posts on Croatia on my site if you are heading there next year!

  1. December 15, 2016 / 9:21 am

    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

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Sounds good Katy! Thanks for reading another post about Croatia!

  2. December 15, 2016 / 9:32 am

    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

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      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. December 15, 2016 / 11:20 am

    It looks stunning – I must go, I’d love to take some long exposures of those waterfalls. The colour of the water in your pics is amazing #FarawayFiles

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Thank-you it is lovely and the waterfalls are stunning!

  4. December 15, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    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

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      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 🙂

  5. December 15, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Those photos are absolutely stunning, Tracy! That blue is wondrous, filter or no-filter. Thanks so much for highlighting this national park – I’m adding it to my Croatia wishlist right this minute. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you Clare for your lovely comments 🙂

  6. December 15, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Thank you for posting about this beautiful destination! I’ve been wanting to plan this trip for quite some time and I love all your tips! #farawayfiles

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you Hillary have a great trip to Croatia! Its a beautiful country!

  7. December 15, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Andrea – I am sure you will love KrKa its very beautiful!

  8. December 15, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    It was busy but it was the end of August – we really enjoyed it but by the time we were leaving it was getting very crowded!

  9. December 16, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    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

    • December 16, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      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!

  10. December 16, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    What a gorgeous looking place – even if I have no idea how to pronounce the name correctly! I went to Croatia many years ago, when it was still part of Yugoslavia, such a beautiful country. #farawayfiles

    • December 17, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      It is lovely Christine and I haven’t a clue how to say it either though my husband keeps telling me he does ? lol It is a stunning country we loved it!

  11. December 17, 2016 / 9:03 am

    I have not been to Croatia but I have heard good things about it. KrKa looks beautiful. Thanks for the photos.

    • December 17, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      Its a fabulous country to visit – I can’t recommend it enough!

  12. December 17, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    It looks so lovely and BLUE! Wow! You’ve been traveling to some beautiful places. #flyawayfriday

  13. December 17, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Love this Tracy! The falls look gorgeous! thank you for sharing!!

  14. December 18, 2016 / 2:01 am

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. Hope to visit Split someday! #Wkndtravelinspiration

    • December 18, 2016 / 1:29 pm

      Split is fantastic – I have a post to write about it yet – the last of my write-ups about Croatia!

  15. December 18, 2016 / 3:29 am

    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

    • December 18, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Thank-you Kana for a great link-up. Happy holidays and thanks for having me 🙂

  16. December 18, 2016 / 3:58 am

    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

    • December 18, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      It does! Never thought about that! It was very pretty!

  17. December 18, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    I’m so bummed I missed this during my recent trip to Croatia! Oh well, I’ll just have to go back!

    • December 18, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Definitely – go back! Croatia is one place we are intending to return to!

  18. December 18, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Some great photos Tracy! I really like the look of all the waterfalls. #flyawayfriday

  19. December 19, 2016 / 3:42 am

    This is a very scenic place. Loved the waterfall, it looks so surreal, as if it is straight out of a painting. Lovely place to spend the day in the midst of nature.

    • December 19, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thank-you for your comment – yes it was beautiful and there were lovely birds and fish to spot!

  20. December 19, 2016 / 4:14 am

    We had a choice between Krka and Plitvice, and we chose the latter. Krka looks really stunning as well. I think Croatia as a whole is one of the most beautiful gems of Europe.

    • December 19, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      It truly is a beautiful country! Next time we will go to Plitvice!

  21. December 19, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Just beautiful. I was on Split a year or so ago and would have loved to have been here too. Shall have to note it down for when I return.

  22. December 19, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    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!

    • December 20, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Its a great destination and well worth visiting! We loved it and would definitely go back!

  23. December 20, 2016 / 6:13 am

    Those are fantastic waterfalls. I have heard and seen photos of Plitvice but not of Krka. It’s nice to know that there are alternatives. I shall remember my water shoes if I visit.

    • December 20, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you Michele – they are lovely and yes definitely take your water shoes!

  24. December 22, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Aww Krka was the one place we didn’t get to make it to during our stay in Croatia and I’m bummed we didn’t. It looks so beautiful!!!

    • December 23, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      You will have to visit Croatia again Chloe! It was stunning! 🙂

  25. December 28, 2016 / 10:35 am

    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

    • December 28, 2016 / 10:47 am

      Thanks David – we loved Croatia (as you can probably tell with all the recent posts about it!) It was beautiful though a little crowded in August!