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
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
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.