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Krka National Park

It is amazing how wonderfully natural beauty and man-made structures can harmonize. This harmony is exactly what Krka National Park is so famous for. Here, along the river Krka in North Dalmatia, the emerald green shimmering currents transform into rushing waterfalls. Sometimes they build quiet, idyllic lakes, flow around islands, cut deep into the rock and flow past monasteries and ruins, mills and abandoned settlements. For those looking to find pleasure in this spacious park, which follows along the course of the Krka River into the bay, should consider in advance which part they would like visit. In order to see the whole park, you must plan to stay several days. Five entrances provide access to different parts of the park. Tour buses are the usual modes of transportation through the Lozovac entrance, where buses and cars can be parked free of charge. The Skradin entrance provides quick access to the lower part of the park, and to the Skradinski buk, the most famous, largest and most beautiful waterfall in the National Park. The Roski entrance is further upstream and can also be entered directly by car or bus. Here there is a connection to the Skradinski buk by excursion boat. Two smaller entrances are at Burnum and Kistanje. They provide, inter alia, direct access to the archaeological site Burnum and to the monastery of Saint Archangel directly in the middle of the Krka Canyon. The admission price, which is 95-20 kuna according to age and season, includes the park entrance fee, as well as free access to all the mainland attractions. The fee includes a visit to the archaeological collection and the ethnological exhibition as well as free bus and boat rides. Multi-day tickets are available for stays of up to five days.

 

Nature and Culture in Krka National Park

The main attraction and natural treasure of Krka National Park are its seven large waterfalls that reach a height of up to 45.7 meters. The Skradinski buk is especially popular with visitors of all ages. The highest of the Krka waterfalls plunges picturesquely down 17 levels into the valley. The  carefully crafted landscaped paths and wooden bridges, some of which run through the middle waterfall landscape, make exploration easy and safe for children and the elderly. Other waterfalls like the Roski appear much more spectacular when they are seen falling in narrow ribbons and roaring over the cliff into the abyss. Between Roski and Skradinski buk, the river squeezes its way through a spectacular canyon before it expands into a lake. Here, in the middle of the most beautiful idyll far from any civilization, the Visovac monastery with its Franciscan monastery and church blends harmoniously into the quiet and serene beauty of nature. Incidentally, there is also one of the largest bat colonies in Europe here, as well as numerous, partly endemic species and a large variety of birds that use the park as a stopover on their annual migration. Much to the delight of bird and nature lovers, is the chance to discover rare animals on one of the many light hikes. Travertine formations and deep caves, wetlands, grasslands and sparse forests offer these animals a home and a refuge from the encroachments of people as well as from the changing seasons. Besides the natural treasures, there are many man-made monuments. Of particular interest for tourists are the ruins of ancient fortresses, like Trosenj Necven from the 14th century, water mills and archaeological sites, such as the ruins of the former Roman military camp Burnum. The archaeological collection gives information about the various artifacts and ruins that were found in the National Park. The ethnological exhibition takes visitors a little into the past and shows graphically the typical regional housing and living, working and partying of former peoples.

 

Recreation in Krka National Park

If you would like to experience the extraordinary beauty of the Krka National Park, you should follow the mostly well-paved trails that, within an hour, lead you through the nature and provide you with information about the area. Trails that can be conquered on foot or by bike, are partly connected with different entrances and wander along various sections of the river. A map of the marked and designated hiking routes is available at the entrances. It should be noted that overnight stays are not permitted in the park. In general, all accommodation from  hotels to campsites lie outside the park. On the other hand, swimming is allowed in some places under the Skradinski buk- a welcoming refreshment after a short hike and high summer temperatures!

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