Krka Excursions from Split town Croatia
Croatia is littered with beautiful forests and natural beauties such as Blue Cave and Blue Lagoon. One of the natural beauties being the National Park “Krka Waterfalls“. The park attracting numerous visitors for it’s calming nature and cascading waterfalls. Being a popular swimming destination during the Summer for visitors to cool down during the intense heat.
History of Krka Waterfalls
“Krka Waterfalls” has gotten it’s name from the river “Krka” which flows through central Dalmatia, being proclaimed a national park in 1985. The waterfalls not only serving for a pleasant sight, but they also served as the first (AC) hydroelectric power plant in Croatia, the “Jaruga Hydroelectric Power Plant”, serving to light up the first light bulbs in the world in the nearby town “Šibenik”.
Krka's budding Flora & Fauna
It’s no surprise that a National Park is rich with flora, having a variety of Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean species. The Park hosting about eight hundred and sixty species/sub-species of plants, including several endemic species.
But due to the exceptional variety of flora in the area, the Park is also filled with an abundance of fish which include: Brown trout and Dalmatian barbelgudgeon among others, making Krka a natural landmark of the highest caliber. The “Krka Waterfalls” also hosting a plethora of birds, amphibians and reptiles.
The rich patches of reeds, small lakes around part of the river, an abundance of swampy meadows being home to amphibians and birds alike. Whilst the stone quarries being a home for reptiles. Krka is also home to 18 species of bats that are endangered in other places in Europe.
Remarkable sights in Krka
Burnum, the Roman military camp. Hidden in the heart of the Dalmatian region, deep in the rocks and overgrowth of brush. It was erected at the turn of the new era, at a spot that allowed for control over the passage across the river of Krka. It provided a great position for the Roman army to keep watch of the passage, led by “Claudiae Piae Fidelis, the seat of the XI legion.
One of the longest and most frequently visited waterfalls in Krka, Skradinski Buk. The best known natural wonder of Croatia, having an easy access path leading to it from the closest entrance, Lozovac. “Skradinski Buk”, in an area of 400m^2 in length and 100m^2 in width it is consisted of 17 smaller waterfalls. The area close to the “Skradinski Buk” is a popular place to swim and relax during Summer.
The second most popular waterfall in Krka is “Roški Slap” in terms of visitors. The Waterfall got it’s name from the fortress that stood on the right bank of the Krka River. One of the most easiest ways to get to it would be by boat, and we’ll talk about the methods to explore Krka shortly.
Skradinski Buk, the longest waterfall in Krka is also one of the most visited due to the ability to swim nearby the waterfall, offering a refreshing experience during the hot summer weather.
Island Visovac is counted in the most important natural and cultural value of “Republic Croatia“. A franciscan monastery of “Mother Mercy” and the church of “Gospe Visovačke” being built in the year 1445.
Roški Slap (Vast Waterfall) is made out of 22.5m high waterfalls and several smaller cascades leading up to it. Along the source of the waterfall you will also be able to find watermills that used the current during the old times.
The best way to admire the vast and flourishing fauna & flora of the “National Park Krka” would be by the walking trails and viewpoints scattered along the path. You will also find educational panels along your path so you can read up on some interesting facts.
Ways to explore Krka
Many would think that to explore Krka it is only accessible by walking the secured trails from waterfall to waterfall. Whilst that method is great to get a real feeling of the natural park, it is not the only way of exploring the park. For those that don’t enjoy walking there are is also a boat tour through Krka Waterfalls.
But for methods to get to “Krka” there are plenty of options to choose from, whether it be a bus, private transfer or by car to one of numerous entrances where you can get the ticket to explore the “National Park“.
– 08:00 tour starts
– 09:30-09:45 arrival in the park
*free time (on your own) in the park for swimming
– 12:00-12:15 departure from Krka
* A visit to a local village (time for snacks and wine)
– departure towards town Šibenik
* free time (on your own) in town Šibenik
– 16:30-17:15 arrival to Split
* times are subject to change due to traffic conditions, weather and wishes of the group :).
* In summer time the park is filled with people so keep that in mind before booking.
* In case of rain, the tour is going to happen regardless, only in case of really bad weather tour will be canceled
* From 1st of October till 1st of June (because of weather conditions) swimming in the park is not allowed
Price: 73€ (April, May, Oct) / 83€ (June, July, Aug, Sept)
Price includes: transfer, driver/escort, tickets to NP Krka, snacks & wine
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