Located approximately 8 miles north east of Sibenik you will find the Krka National Park, one of the region’s most exciting day trips from Zadar, Trogir and Split.
Home to seven waterfalls including one of Europe’s most fascinating, the Skradinski Buk, each offers their own unique beauty alongside the diverse fauna and flora that Krka has to offer. Whilst at Krka you can take advantage of the walking and cycling trails, and even go swimming in the designated areas.
There are two main entrances to the national park. The first is found in the village of Skradin which is ideal if travelling by public bus from Zadar and Split. The second is nearby Lozovac which offers free car parking, ideal if you have your own car.
Getting there by bus from Split: throughout the summer a regular coach service is available from Split to Skradin. Departures are from Split's main coach station opposite the port. Journey time is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes and tickets are around 80 Kuna each way
Getting there by bus from Zadar: similary to Zadar, a regular coach service connects Zadar to Skradin. Zadar's coach station is a mile or so from the old town, easily connected by local bus. Journey to Krka NP is 1 hour and tickets are around 80 Kuna
Getting there by bus from Trogir: unfortunately there's no direct bus from Trogir, but you can take one of the very regular coaches to Sibenik which takes an hour, then connect to Skradin with the local bus. However there's aren't overally regular, and you therefore may wish to think about doing this an organised excursion or taking a taxi to Lozovac which takes 50 minutes.
The longest waterfall on the Krka River, the Skradinski Buk is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Croatia. Made up of a series of 17 waterfalls, you can enjoy dazzling views from the network of paths and bridges surrounding it. Or if you’re looking to take a refreshing swim, hop in the lake and enjoy a more unique view of the falls.
Skradinski Buk is located 3km from the main entrance at Skradin and connected by a trail which you may decide to walk. Alternatively, between the warmer months of April to November, there’s an hourly ferry which is included in the price of the entrance ticket. It can also be easily reached from the Lozovac entrance where you’ll find free parking adn then it's a 20 minute walk. Or between the months of April and October there is a free bus transfer from the Lozovac entrance to Skradinski Buk.
Roski Slap literally translates as “Vast Waterfall”, which takes its name from the fact that at its widest point Roski Slap is 450m wide. It starts with a series of small cascades (known as the Necklace Cascades), followed by numerous backwaters and islets. It finishes with the river falling over a 15m drop, all of which makes it one of the most popular falls in Krka. On the left bank there are a number of restored water mills which have been returned to their original state. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, especially at the Necklace cascades.
You can reach Roski Slap via a 3.5 hour boat excursion from Skradinski Buk, which also stops at Visovac island and rides through the Medu Grede canyon. It allows for 1 hour sightseeing in Roski Slap. Prices vary depending on age and time of the year. Between June and September, adult price is 100KN (approx. £13), children aged 7 to 18 the price is 55KN (approx. £7), and children under 7 are free. Photo Credit - Krka National Park
Situated in the Visovac Lake, this beautiful island is home to the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, and also the Church of Our Lady of Visovac. Built in 1445, the monastery holds a valuable archaeological collection, as well as valuable books and manuscripts.
In order to visit the island you must be part of one of the boat tours starting from Skradinski Buk, (journey time to Visovac is 40 minutes). The tour includes a 30 minute tour around the island enabling you to visit the monastery, church and museum. There are a number of different tours taking in the main sights of the national park, although only two depart from Skradinski Buk, the 3.5 hour tour which includes the Roski Slap (as mentioned above) and a shorter 2 hour tour that takes in just the Visovac Island.
Other interesting places to visit are Krka Monastery, situated in a bay of the Krka River, approximately 3.5km from Kistanje, and also the other 5 waterfalls - Bilusica Buk, Miljacka Slap, Rosnjak (the smallest of the waterfalls), Manojlovac Slap and Brljan. Photo Credit - Flickr: Brian Adamson
The entrance fee differs depending on the season but as of 2021 the prices were as follows:
November – March: Adults - 30kn (approx. £4, Child – 20kn (approx. £2.50)
April, May, October: Adults - 100kn (approx. £12), Child – 80kn (approx. £10)
June – September: Adults - 200kn (approx. £24), Child – 120kn (approx. £14). After 16:00, price for adults is 150kn and for children it's 90kn
Children under 7 years old – FREE
From April to October the ticket price also includes the boat ride from Skradin entrance to Stradinski Buk or the bus from Lozovac car park to Skradinski Buk
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