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Only an hour’s drive from Split, Krka National Park is known as one of the most beautiful destinations in Croatia. What makes this park unique is that the flora and fauna have remained almost pristine. The park has been named after the Krka river, which flows across the more than 100-square-kilometre nature reserve. Pause to admire the spectacular waterfalls along the way.
The park not only attracts visitors with its natural beauty, many flock here to admire the historic monuments, including 2 medieval monasteries and Roman catacombs. Outside the park at the mouth of the Krka lies the beautiful town of Šibenik. Take a pleasant stroll through the cosy maze of narrow streets that are nestled up against the hillside with a wonderful view of the Adriatic Sea. Park and city: combine the 2 in one day.
The course of the Krka in the park is interrupted 7 times by natural limestone steps that create a series of rapids and waterfalls. The last one, Skradinski buk, is the longest and most impressive of them all. Here the water cascades down 17 ‘steps’, across a width of 200-400 metres, along a length of 46 metres. A dedicated walking trail gives visitors a privileged view. The lush ecosystem in and around the water teems with life: deep-green vegetation, colourful butterflies, song birds and amphibians.
From the Skradinski buk waterfalls you can take a boat tour to Visovac, a picturesque islet in the Krka that is almost completely occupied by a Franciscan monastery. Although the current building only dates back to the 19th century, the history of the island as a spiritual centre began as early as the 15th century. Further along the river bank stands another, even older, Serbian-orthodox monastery, built in the 14th century on top of a Roman cemetery.
From the ‘lake’ of Visovac (an expansion of the Krka river), a beautiful 8.5-kilometre walking trail leads along the parking lot to the park entrance. Information signs along the route provide additional insight into the unique geology, flora and fauna around the trail: the region is an important habitat for more than 800 plants and 200 bird species. With a total elevation difference of 176 metres, the walk offers many lovely viewpoints. An unhurried stroll takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.