Situated only about 6.5 miles (10 kilometers) inland from the coastal city of Šibenik, Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s greatest nature parks. Because of its location near the Dalmatian coast, the majority of visitors choose to visit the park during their journey up or down the coastline. It lies a quick drive from both Šibenik and Zadar, two fascinating historic coastal cities, respectively of medieval and Roman origins. Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, lies only an hour away by car.
Named after the Krka River, the park encloses the middle and lower section of the river, which is its focal point. It’s quite large, covering 42 square miles (109 square kilometers), and is filled with such an abundance of natural and historic highlights that it could occupy visitors for days.
The park’s star attraction, however, doesn’t require much more than a couple of hours, which is also why this is such a popular stopping point on coastal road trips. That star attraction is the Skradinski Buk waterfall, a thundering multi-level waterfall that cuts through the Krka River canyon. The Skradinski Buk waterfall consists of both waterfalls and cascades. It’s quite large. In fact, it’s Europe’s biggest travertine waterfall system.
Location: Dalmatia, Croatia
Nearest Cities: Šibenik and Zadar
Area: 42 square miles (109 square kilometers)
Features: Waterfalls, woods, lakes, streams, archaeological sites and monuments
Main Attractions: Skradinski Buk waterfall, Roški Slap cascades, Visovac Island
Main Activities: Hiking, swimming
Suggested Stay: 1 day
Further Information: Krka National Park Website