Don’t listen to TLC, chase those waterfalls girl …
Krka National Park, is the seventh national park in Croatia. You can find this beautiful park in Dalmatia, 80km northwest of Split. The park is one of the most beautiful natural sights in Croatia, boasting several waterfalls, stunning gorges and the Krka river.
How to Get There?
The National Park can be reached from most major Croatian centres, the closest of which is Split.
Online and in Split itself, there are multiple tour companies offering day trips to Krka. Tours are likely to sell out in the peak season, so it might be worth booking ahead. Having not travelled with this option, I cannot share any experiences but prices were advertised around €60.
The cheapest and most flexible option is to visit the park with public transport. In the summer, buses run frequently, to transport visitors to the town of Skradin. From here you can purchase the National Park entrance ticket before getting on the boat to the centre of the park. Bus prices fluctuate depending on the season and the bus company. Visit BusCroatia to plan and pre-book your visit.
Tip: Book the bus early as they sell out very quickly in the summer. We went to the ticket office at 8am and the earliest bus we could get was for 11:30am, which we were very lucky to get. Alternatively, you can pre-book online.
How Much Does It Cost?
Entrance to the National Park costs 180kn, which includes the boat ride from Skradin to the park centre. Prices are cheaper out of peak season with fees being 30kn and 110kn for January-March/November-December and April-June/September-October respectively. You can book online or purchase tickets at the main entrance in Skradin.
What Did You Get Up To?
With a couple extra days in Split, after having just finished a week sailing Croatia (link to sailing croatia blog), we jumped on the local bus to explore another nearby region, Krka National Park. The bus took us to the town of Skradin, where we then switched transport, back onto a boat, which took us to the centre of the park. We wandered through some of the park visiting the waterfalls and lakes before jumping in for a swim at the main waterfall. Krka National Park allows swimming in the park, unlike Plitvice Lakes National Park (link to Croatia blog). Being short on time, we were not able to explore the full expanse of the park, rather we spent most of our time around Skradinski Buk, one of the main waterfalls.
Krka is definitely a place that deserves at least a full day of exploring, which I unfortunately did not have. Just looks like I’ll have to visit once more, and hey, that’s not so bad.