National Park Krka

The park, with an area of about 295 km2, includes the Plitvice lakes that form a group of about 16 big lakes, linked together by 92 waterfalls or small tormented rivers. The nearby forest where starts the Korana river, hosts numerous animal and vegetal rare species (Brown Bear, Wolf). In the rivers and the lakes of this park, the trout can reach a length of one meter.

Krka is one of the Croation national Parks,  named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is located in central  Dalmatia, in Šibenik-Knin county, downstream of Miljevci area and just a few kilometers northeast of the city of Sibenik. It was proclaimed a national park in 1985 and is the seventh national park in Croatia. It is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities.

When you are at the Krka National Park there are several places of interest. Slkradinski is one of the most attractive parts of the park. The attractions and facilities available are various footpaths, sightseeing tours and presentations, boat trips, souvenir shops, a museum, and restaurants.

Roški Slap, is the second most popular attraction of the Krka National Park in terms of numbers of visitors. These cascades can be visited throughout the year. The most attractive way to reach Roški Slap is to take one of the excursion boats operated by the Krka National Park, although the falls can also be reached with a public road.

The park can be toured from the water, by road or on foot. It is possible to take an organised boat trip and see Skradinski buk from Skradin, together with the islet of Visovac and Roški slap from the moorings above Skradinski buk. All the public routes marked on the map are open to motor vehicles, except those that are in the pedestrian zones of Skradinski buk, Visovac and Krka Monastery, which can be viseted only by bus or by Krka National Park boats.

A circular sightseeing tour of Skradinski buk. Enjoy walking over the bridges that follow the course of the waterfalls, and viewing the wealth of flora and fauna. Presentation exhibitions open for visitors include: ethno collection, mills, wicker clothes basket, columns, weaving loom, souvenir shop.

This 2 hour organized boat tour leaves from Skradinski buk and includes: a ride through the Krka River canyon, a visit to the Franciscan monastery, a half-hour tour of the churches and museums and a tour of the island.

This 4 hour tour includes: a visit to Visovac, a ride upstream through the Krka River canyon to the waterfalls. Once we arrive at the Roski Waterfall, enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna, and the presentation exhibits at the mills: mill, wicker clothes basket, loom, souvenir shop, presentation centre. The boat leaves from the dock at Skradinski buk.

This 2 hour tour begins at the Roski Waterfall dock. Experience untouched nature, the high canyon cliffs and the diversity of the plant and animal world. The tour includes a tour of the monastery, and the catacombs are open to visitors.

The Krka National Park was proclaimed a national park in 1985; it is the seventh national park in Croatia. It is located in the Šibenik and Knin county, and occupies an area of 109 km2 along the course of the Krka River, two kilometres downstream from Knin to Skradin, and the lower course of the Čikola. The Krka River rises at the foot of Mt Dinara not far from Knin. With the drowned part of the mouth, it is about 72 km long. The total area of its basin is 2,088 km2. The mean annual flow across Skradinski buk (waterfall) is 55 m3/s, and when there are heavy rains in the hinterland this can rise to over 350 m3/s. Krka, with its seven travertine falls of Bilušića buk (22.4 m), Ćorića buk or Brljan (15.5 m), Manojlovački slapovi (a series of falls 59.6 m high with a main step of 32 m), Rošnjak (8.4 m), Miljacka slap (23.8 m), Roški slap (25.5 m) and Skradinski buk (17 steps with a total height of 45.7 m), and a total drop of 242 m, is a phenomenon of nature and the karst. The travertine, limestone sedimented from water, which builds the travertine curtains, sills, beards and other geomorphological forms, is the fundamental phenomenon and principal feature of the National Park. The falls are a biodynamic creation, the living travertine constantly growing today as well, through the sedimentation process.

The Krka National Park belongs climatically to southern Europe (the Mediterranean or sub-Mediterranean); because of its particular position and the mosaic-like disposition of various types of habitiat it is distinguished by an exceptional rich and diverse flora and fauna. Eight hundred and sixty species and sub-species of plants have been recorded as growing in the area of the park,among them being a number of Illyrian-Adriatic endemics. Because of the richness of their flora, at the point of contact between dry and warm, and moist and stony habitiats, Roški slap, with its canyon vegetation, and Skradinski buk, which enables the plant species of the travertine barriers to be observed, are particularly interesting. Eighteen kinds of fish live in the Krka River, including 10 endemic species, putting it among the highest category of natural features. The reedbeds, the lacustrine parts of the river’s course and the water meadows are alive with amphibia and water birds, while the bush and stony areas abound with reptiles. The number of species (222), the structure of the bird community and the great importance that Krka has for the spring and autumn migrations mean that it is ornithologically one of the most important regions in Europe. Among the mammals, the most important are perhaps the bats, eighteen species of which live here, many of them endangered or facing extinction in other parts of Europe.

The region of the Krka River abounds in traces of ancient settlements, with numerous historical and cultural features of interest The most ancient signs of human habitation along the Krka are Palaeolithic finds, Neolithic ceramics, flint knives and fragments of bone and urns. Along the right bank of the Krka, between Skradin (protected in its entirety as a cultural monument) and Skradinski buk there are remains of the ancient aqueduct of Roman Scardona. Inside the park there are the remains of several medieval Old Croatian fortresses, from the 14th century: Trošenj-grad, Nečven-grad, Bogočin-grad and Ključica; in terms of size and degree of preservation, these are some of the most important fortified buildings in Croatia. As for ecclesiastical buildings, the most precious jewels of the Park are the Franciscan church and monastery on the island of Visovac, and the Krka (St. Archangel) monastery, with its rich artistic and cultural treasures. At Roški slap and Skradinski buk there are numerous little water-mills that have very great historical value as items of rural architecture and indicators of the past of the economy; because they relate to the primary employment sector and include features of popular expression, they are considered ethnological monuments.

A National Park is an extensive, mainly unaltered area of exceptional and diverse natural values, including one or more conserved or insignificantly changed ecosystems. Its purpose is primarily scientific, cultural, educational and recreational, and the function of the tourist industry is to assist people to visit and look around.

Bathing is not permitted in the Park outside the allowed and designated places, and the following are not allowed at all: diving and fishing with an underwater spear gun, angling without a licence, hunting, catching or disturbing the game or other animal species, picking or damaging theindigenous plants, breaking or damaging the travertine, taking dogs without a lead, filming or photographing for commercial purposes without permission, driving motor vehicles without permission on roads on which traffic is forbidden or limited, camping and lighting fires outside the designated places, dumping rubbish and polluting the springs and water-courses, or walking on the travertine barriers beyond the permitted paths.

Could we ask you please to observe these instructions and the request of official persons, for our common interests.