Krka National Park lies about 10km inland from Sibenik in this part of Dalmatia. Named after the Krka River, the Park covers an area of just over 142 square km and includes two thirds of the river itself. The top attraction of the Park are its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights.
Other highlights include the small island of Visovac and Roski Slap waterfall. A boat trip through the park (included in the entrance ticket) is a great way of seeing much of the Park.
Best of all, it is possible to swim in some locations in Krka National Park! (To be sure to bring your swimming costume or trunks along!)
Getting to Krka National Park
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Due to its proximity to the coastline, the majority of Krka National Park’s visitors are those that find themselves travelling either up or down the Croatian coast.
If you’re planning on making the Park your first port of call in Croatia, or want to get there easily, the nearest airport to the park is Split Airport. From here, transfer to Split Bus Station. During high season, there are then direct buses to Skradin (one of the entrances to Krka NP) which take about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Outside of high season, or for more options at any time of year, we’re recommend travelling to Sibenik first. From Sibenik, there are then also buses to Skradin.
From Zadar, there are also direct buses to Skradin during high season – journey time is about an hour.
For those who like a double-whammy of nature parks, in the summer there are a couple of buses connecting Plitvice Lakes National Park and Skradin. Routes are run by Prijevoz Knezevic; journey time is 3 hours.
If you’re travelling from elsewhere in Croatia, it is best to travel to Sibenik first and then travel on to Skradin and Krka National Park.
You can also embark on an organised excursion to Krka from many towns in Dalmatia – enquire at a local travel agency for details.
Tickets for Krka National Park
As well as obviously buying tickets on arrival, tickets can now be pre-bought online on the Parks of Croatia website.
For full entry to all areas of the park, tickets cost 180 Kunas for adults in July and August (110 Kunas for children aged 7 – 18); 110 Kunas during April to June and September & October (80 Kunas for children); and 30 Kunas for adults for November to March (20 Kunas for children). Children under the age of 7 have free entry throughout the year.
Tickets include return boat rides from Skradin to Skradinski buk and Lozovac to Skradinski buk. However, boats do not operate during winter (November to March).
The are also cheaper tickets that only cover certain areas of the park. All details can be found on the Krka NP tickets page.
Features of Krka National Park
There’s a wide variety of both flora and fauna in the Park. Over 800 species of plantlife have been identified as being present in the National Park. Much of the animal life lives, unsurprisingly, in and around the waters of the Krka River which is home to different amphibian and reptile creatures. You will also be able to see many different bird species (there are over 200), and possibly some of the 18 different species of bat who call the Park their home!
What to see and do in Krka National Park
As mentioned, the Skradinski Buk waterfalls are a collection of 17 waterfalls that range in height by over 45 metres.
The tiny island of Visovac in the Krka river was settled by Franciscan monks in 1445, who originally built a monastery in that year (later demolished, then rebuilt in the 18th century) and a church in 1576. The monastery contains a number of well-preserved artefacts and a library.
Roski Slap (slap being Croatian for waterfall) is another famous sight within Krka National Park. A series of 12 waterfalls in a space of 450 metres, the largest is just over 22 metres in height and 60 metres in width.
Undoubtedly the best way of seeing the sights of the Park is with a boat excursion – a number of these leave from Skradin. Not only will you be able to see the beauty of the Park up close (and in a relaxed manner) but these excursions include a chance to stop off and wander on footpaths along the water, as well as presentations and talks and other items of interest.
Best of all (some might say) – unlike the Plitvice Lakes National Park, it is possible to swim in places in the Krka National Park.
Accommodation near to Krka National Park
If you want to stay very near to the Park, then the town of Skradin is the top (and only) choice. Hotel Skradinski Buk is located there, and you’ll also be able to find a few private accommodation possibilities too. Contact the Skradin Tourist Board for more information.
For further accommodation options, it is advisable to stay in Sibenik.
General info on Krka National Park
Krka National Park’s official website is www.npkrka.hr.