Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka is a river in Croatia's Dalmatia region, with length circa 73 km. The Krka National Park encompasses an area of 109 square kilometers along the Krka River. With its seven travertine waterfalls the Krka River is a natural and karstic phenomenon. Skradinski Buk waterfalls are one of the most famous natural beauties of Croatia.

Part of the countryside through which the River Krka flows is known as Krka National Park. It was designated as national parkland in 1985 and plays an important role in scientific and cultural development and education. It is also a great destination for tourism and recreation. The park covers an area of 142 square kilometres and boasts an exceptionally wide range of flora and fauna thanks to its special position and varied habitat types.

To date, 860 species of plant have been identified, as well as 18 species of fish, 18 species of bat (some of which are endangered), and 222 species of bird – the park’s position makes it a very valuable destination on the migration path. Osprey, Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons have been spotted here, as well as the European Bee-Eater and the Griffon Vulture.

Skradinski buk, a large clear body of water, is a naturally formed pool shaped by the high waterfalls at one end. At the other, cascades flow more gently into the river. At Roški Slap you will also find popular cascades – a series of 12 waterfalls very close to each other. It is quite romantic to take a boat trip to see these waterfalls, although you can also reach them by road. On the island of Visovac, accessible by boat, you will find an ancient Franciscan monastery dating back to 1445.

Unlike at Plitvice, it is possible to swim in some of the lakes at Krka. Most people, however, are here to see the wildlife, or to hike. If you want to stay nearby, choose Skradin or Sibenik. The Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin is a popular choice.

To get to Krka National Park, you can take a ferry trip from Skradin – because the park is so close to the coast, this is the best option. Of course there are many organized excursions by boat or by bus from various towns and cities nearby – simply ask at your local tourist office.
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