Krka National Park - pearl of Sibenik
The Krka National Park includes several locations of preserved nature along the Krka River.
The area was declared a national park in 1985 and has attracted millions of visitors all over the world. Attractions and facilities include beautiful waterfalls, river canyon, clear water, swimming places, boat rides, and a unique flora and fauna.
Locations of the National Park are as follows:
- Skradinski buk
- Roški slap waterfall
- Visovac Island
- Manastir Krka
- Eco campus Puljane
Usually, the first visitor's location is Skradinski buk. The location is about 15 kilometers away from Sibenik, and 90 kilometers away from Split.
The most famous attractions of this place are waterfalls of Krka. That's why this place is sometimes called "Krka Waterfalls", althought it's officialy called Skradinski buk.
After finishing the visit to this location, you can take boat ride to Visovac and Roški Slap.
Skradinski buk - the most famous location of Krka National Park
Skradinski buk is the best known and most visited location of the entire national park. It is located between the village of Lozovac and the town of Skradin.
There are two ways of getting to this location. The first is coming by car to Lozovac Entrance. The parking in Lozovac is free. You can also come by bus from Sibenik to Lozovac. During the summer months there are also a bus lines driving from Split and Zadar directly to the park. In other times, you need to come by bus to Sibenik first, and then from Sibenik to Skradin or Lozovac.
From Lozovac you can take free bus to the park. If you do not want to wait for a bus, you can get there on foot. The trail is about 1 km long.
The second option to reach Skradinski buk is to get by car or by bus in Skradin. From Skradin you can reach the park via a pedestrian-cycling trail that is less than 4 kilometers long, or you can take a boat trip. The boat drives only in the summer season, from April to October.
Visit to the park in the summer months is more expensive than during winter months. The ticket price in January, February, March, November and December is the smallest and is only 30 kn per adult person, which is approximately 4 euros. In April, May, June, October and November the price is 110 kn per adult person, which is around 15 euros. During July and August the price is 200 kn per adult person, which is around 28 euros.
The ticket includes not only a visit to Skradinski buk, but to all land-based localities of the national park. Full price list is available on the official site of the national park.
The entire space of Skradinski buk is well marked by indicative signs and accompanying texts. However, the park also offers tourist guides for groups and individuals.
The waterfall is the most beautiful attraction of Skradinski buk. The total height difference between the highest and lowest points of the waterfall is about 45 meters.
There are 9 lakes at Skradinski buk. Among them is the famous Šupuk's lake, which was used for of one of the first hydro power plants in the world, built on Krka in 1895. Energy from the hydro power plant was used for lighting the city of Sibenik. The lake surface area is approximately 2000 square meters.
Another interesting attraction are the mills used for making bread using water flow energy. The first mills on Skradinski buk were built in the 12th century, and the last ones stopped working around 50 years ago.
Inside the park area there is the church of St. Nicholas from the 18th century. It is special because of its construction: it was made of dripstone.
The Imerial Belvedere was built in honor of Emperor Franjo Josip, who visited Skradin in 1875.
Swimming is allowed only at specific places at Skradinski buk.
the natural beauty of Skradinski buk
The islet of Visovac is situated in a lake of the same name, not far from Skradinski buk.
You can reach this national park only by boat.
A passenger transport by boat from Skradinski buk is organized. Cheaper solution is to reach the place Stinice by car, from where the transport by boat to Visovac is half cheaper.
From the 15th century on the islet there is a Franciscan monastery. In the monastery there is a library with numerous cultural values.
Roški slap waterfall
After visiting Skradinski buk and Visovac, it is time to visit the other famous location of Krka national park. It's Roški slap.
There are two options for getting to Roški slap from Skradinski buk: by car and by boat.
If you choose to go by car, you need to drive on the road Šibenik-Drniš-Knin. The driving time is about an hour. Parking at Roški slap is also free of charge. The second option is transport by boat from Skradinski buk or Visovac. The advantage of going by car is that you can visit some other places along the way. You can enjoy the view of the flow of river Čikola, which flows into Krka.
At Roški slap waterfall, unlike Skradinski buk, swimming at all locations is forbidden. The same goes for fishing, camping and fire. Cycling is also prohibited.
Roški waterfall is the sixth waterfall of the river Krka. Apart from the the waterfall, there are beautiful seabed caves in this location. Around the whole location there is a walking trail with wonderful views. For those who like hiking, there is also a hiking trail to the viewpoint from which the canyon of the river Krka can be seen. There is also the best viewpoint of the Roški slap. Hiking is only possible with good weather conditions and suitable equipment.
The river Krka canyon