Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s most enchanting natural wonders, with over 88 square miles (142-square kilometers) of lush woodlands, cascading waterfalls, and travertine cliffs stretching along the banks of the Krka River. Just minutes from the Dalmatian coast and far less visited than Plitvice Lakes National Park in the north, Krka is an idyllic retreat for hikers, cyclists, nature lovers, and just about everyone looking to escape Croatia’s well-worn tourist trail.
Most Krka National Park visitors are day-trippers. Tours run from Split, Sibenik, Trogir, and Dubrovnik, and typically include a walking tour of magnificent Skradinski buk (the park’s largest and the river’s longest waterfall), a scenic boat ride along the Krka River, and hiking or biking along the park’s network of trails. For the best value, combine a small-group or private tour with a visit to Sibenik town or wine tasting in Skradin.
Things to Know Before You Go
- You can take in the park’s highlights in two hours, but for a more comprehensive visit, plan to visit for at least half a day.
- Lines for park tickets and Skradinski buk entry can take over an hour in peak season. Arrive early or book a skip-the-line tour to save time.
- Bring comfortable shoes, sun protection (in summer ), and a swimsuit. Water fountains can be found throughout the park.
- Most areas of the park are wheelchair accessible, but some waterfalls and attractions are not due to uneven terrain.
How to Get There
Krka National Park is approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) inland from Sibenik in northern Dalmatia; it is 40 minutes away from there by road and about one hour from Split. There are five entrance points to the park: Lozovac, Skradin, Roški Slap/Laskovica, Burnum/Puljani, and Kistanje/Krka Monastery. The most popular entry point for tour buses is Lozovac, at the south of the park, while boat cruises start out from Skradin.
When to Get There
Krka National Park is open year-round, and while summer is the most popular (and busiest) time to visit, each season brings its own highlights. Winter is calm and quiet; spring brings rushing waterfalls and vibrant wildflowers; summer heat makes swimming that much more refreshing; and autumn colors along the not-as-busy trails are a treat. Off-season (November to March) is the cheapest and quietest time in the park, but boat tours do not operate. In the busy summer months, arrive early or stay until sunset—after the tour buses have moved on.
Krka’s Natural and Manmade Wonders
Krka National Park’s star attraction is the spectacular Skradinski buk waterfall, a sequence of 17 cascades that tumble 151 feet (46 meters) into an inviting swimming lake. But Skradinski buk is only one of seven waterfalls at the park, including Brljan falls, Bilusšic buk, Roski slap, and Manojlovac slap. Additional highlights include the old water mills along the Krka River, the Krnici Gornji viewpoint, Ozidana pecina cave, and Lake Visovac’s island and monastery.