Beautiful natural waterfalls and lakes are one of Croatia’s major selling points, and it doesn’t get much more beautiful than Krka National Park. With over 17 waterfalls and the chance to swim in a huge natural pool at the base of the biggest fall, Krka topped my list of places to visit on our travels. Check out the vlog of our day trip here.
Who to Book With
Getting to Krka National Park was made extremely easy by the wonderful staff at Sirena Tours, a lovely little tour company we came across whilst exploring the Diocletian Palace. We opted for the ‘Krka National Park Short Tour’ (still 7 and a half hours!) which was just 165 Kuna, equivalent to £20. For this, we were offered transport via coach and ferry to the park, complimentary water and a great tour guide (although we got a bit sidetracked from the tour and met up with the rest of the group later!). The entrance ticket to the park was not included but it was only a very small additional cost.
Exploring the Park
The first thing we came across on arrival at Krka was a beautiful wooden bridge crossing the pool at the bottom of Skradinski Buk Waterfall, the biggest and most iconic fall there. There were loads of people swimming in this pool, and as soon as I’d seen we were allowed in you can imagine that I was pretty distracted for the rest of the tour just waiting to jump in! However, as distracted as I was, that didn’t take away from the spectacular natural beauty that Krka has to offer.
It took us about an hour to walk the trail (we separated from our tour group to make the best of the photo ops) around all the lakes and waterfalls, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Krka’s ecosystem itself is rich and vast; it is home to countless rare species of animals including the Balkan Whip Snake, Olm and various other subterranean fauna. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see any of these first hand, but I did manage to spot an otter family in passing which was very cute. It is also interesting and should be noted that the falls themselves are formed from a type of limestone (calcium carbonate) which becomes travertine. This grows at a rate of about 1cm per year; it’s incredible to think how long it has taken for the falls to literally grow into the spectacular beauties that they are.
Kate’s Top Tips
- Bring swimwear – it was lucky that we all had our swimwear with us, because missing out on the chance to swim in the falls would have been awful!
- A waterproof camera or waterproof phone case should be top of your list to things to bring! There are some unreal photo ops to be had at Krka, especially whilst taking a swim in the falls.
- If you can wear underwater shoes I would SERIOUSLY advise it! I did not, and the floor is seriously uneven and very rocky / sharp in some places. I left with some very sore toes and cut feet (worth it for the fun that was had though!).
- Finally, if you’re not a strong swimmer don’t swim too close to the falls! The current is a lot stronger than you may think, and whilst I was fine with it I saw a lot of other tourists struggling to stay afloat as they got closer.
My day trip to Krka National Park was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The sights to be seen there are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and I will cherish the memories I made there forever.
Until next time!