Krka National Park (Nacionalni park Krka).
January-March, November, December: adults – 30 kn, children 7-18 years old – 20 kn. April, May, September, October: adults – 100 kn, children 7-18 years old – 80 kn. June-August: adults – 150-200 kn, children 7-18 years old – 90-120 kn. Children up to 7 years old – free of charge.
The Krka Park is one of the biggest natural treasures of Croatia. It is located in the central part of the Adriatic coast between the Croatian cities of Knin and Sibenik (Central Dalmatia region).
The national park has a pretty impressive size – the total area of the protected territory of 109 square kilometers, a length of about 72 kilometers. The park name appeared due to the river of the same name, in the valley in which it is located.
Krka has a unique cascade of natural waterfalls, lakes and beautiful islands in the center of the river. A special attraction of this place gives the possibility to swim in the waterfalls, which is usually forbidden in the Balkan national parks.
The natural combination of water, forests, the proximity of the sea and the mountains created a special climate, favorable to the flora and fauna. The territory of the reserve is inhabited by 860 diverse animal species, over 220 species of birds and 18 species of fish, most of which are found only in this region. Here are the natural routes of seasonal migration of animals and birds.
Krka is a centuries-old ecosystem, which Croats cherish as a very great value. This is why access to the national park is open to all comers, but is limited by very strict rules, failure to comply with which is fraught with large fines. Of the important points to be aware of, going to the park:
- It is forbidden to swim in any places other than those permitted here;
- diving is prohibited;
- All fishing, hunting, stalking and intimidation of animals living in the park is restricted;
- Lighting fires and campfires is prohibited;
- no pets are allowed in the park;
- Taking professional photographs and entering the park in one’s own vehicle without a permit is prohibited.
Attractions in the Krka National Park
There are a lot of places worth seeing in the park Krka: waterfalls, caves, islands, monasteries, a museum, a lot of trails and even its own ruins. For example, the remains of an ancient Roman aqueduct have been preserved in the park. In addition, once in this area there were medieval fortresses Nečvena, Trošenja, Bogocina and others (dating back approximately to the 14th century), the ruins of which will also be very curious for those who love history. There is also the first Croatian power plant, built according to the drawings of the great Tesla.
The famous waterfall cascade consists of 7 waterfalls. The total height difference of the cascade is 242 metres.
Manojlovac waterfall (Manojlovac) stands out among them by its special height (about 60 meters).
The most popular among the visitors of Krka is Skradinski Buk waterfall. Its height is 46 meters. Water falls from 17 steps, which is equally breathtaking at any time of the year, no matter when you get into the park. Around the waterfall there are several restored water mills and valves that harness the power of water for various purposes. From time to time, the mills are used as display areas for ethnographic exhibitions.
The waterfall Roski slap creates a variety of water “arms”, cascades (they are called “necklaces” here) and nice islands. The waterfall is 22.5 meters high. From there, steps will lead you to the Ozidzhana Cave. Archaeologists have proved that inhabitants of all prehistoric eras have left their mark in the cave. The cave has constantly served as someone’s home since several millennia before our era. Now in the cave you can see an archaeological collection and figures of the ancient inhabitants of these places.
Curiously, all water reservoirs of the Krka national park have water of the rarest turquoise hue, which is far more characteristic of the sea than of fresh water sources.
There is an ethnographic museum in the park (it is located not far from Skradinski Beech waterfall). In it you can see very unusual objects related to the history and culture of these places. For example, the museum has a sample “washing” machine, which uses the energy of the waterfall to work.
There are two monasteries in the national park.
The Serbian Orthodox monastery of Krka was founded here in the 14th century. It has a rather complicated fate: during the historical changes, the monastery was destroyed many times. In 2001, it was restored and is now available for visitors.
The Franciscan monastery of Visovac is located on a small island of the same name. It was built by Augustinian monks in the 14th century, but during the Ottoman occupation it passed to the Franciscan order, and since then it has belonged to them for many centuries. You can see ecclesiastical dresses, historical manuscripts and books and much more.
Krka National Park can be accessed throughout the year, but different options are available to visit depending on the season. There are water and hiking trails that you can take on your own or as part of a tour group. In the Krka Park there are several landscaped trails and viewing platforms. Around them there are information boards, where you can read interesting facts about local attractions. In the park you can move around strictly on marked trails, so it is impossible to get lost here.
Near the entrance of the park you will find a ticket office and an information center, where you can get a scheme with all the routes of the park, as well as get all the latest information about the boat routes and the nearest guided tours.
In the park there are several cafes and restaurants (for example, near the entrance and the Manojlovac waterfall), places to rest, toilets, souvenir stores.
Please note that the park is huge, and if you want to walk here with a small child, it makes sense to bring a stroller, sling or ergo backpack.
Krka National Park (video)
Prices and opening hours 2022
The park is open to visitors from 9 to 16-18 hours.
In the summer season (depending on the month) from 8 to 18/19/20 hours.
In winter (from November to March) it is possible to visit only two waterfalls – Skradinski Beech and Roški slap, all other routes are closed. Full information about the opening hours of the park can be found on the official website.
The price of the ticket also depends on the season – in the high season you will pay for a visit to the park more than in winter:
- for adults it ranges from 30 to 200 kuna;
- for children – from 20 to 120 kuna;
- children under 7 years of age pass free of charge.
There is a ticket valid for a week from the date of purchase. This makes sense, as the park is very large and it is almost impossible to see it at once.
For adults, such a ticket will cost 65-320 kuna, depending on the season. For children in 45-200 kuna.
The ticket price includes a visit to the key sights, an archeological tour, a walk along the route to Skradinski Beech waterfall, a trip to the Visovac Island and Roški slap. During the summer, this entire route is available by boat. If you get to the park through the far entrances, you can use the free bus.
How to get to the Krka National Park
You can get to the park by taking public transportation. First you need to go to Sibenik, from there there there are buses to the stop Lozovac. The bus timetable can be found here.
You can also go to the town of Skradin from where you can take motor boats to the national park. The boats carry passengers from 8.00 to 16.00-19.30. The travel time is about 25 minutes. The use of the boat is included in the price of the ticket to the park.
You can also get to Krka by car. There are signs on a brown background along the route. You can leave your car in the parking lot near the entrance to Lozovac.
You can also order a cab using the Uber mobile app.
Parking and ticket booths at the Lozovac entrance – Google Maps panorama
Another way to get from other cities in Croatia to Krka National Park is to use a shuttle service. Depending on the size of your company, you can choose the right size vehicle, and the price you will pay for the trip will be known in advance.
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