Krka National Park

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These biodiesel burning boats can take you half an hour up the river from the old park gate, or you can ride a bus in from the new gate - either are included in the park fee

I'll write more later, but a morning trip to Krka National Park, south of Sibenik on the Krk River.  This is one of the more beautiful places in the world with dense forests, steep gorges, and seemingly endless waterfalls.

You can enter the park from two places now, a parking lot with shuttle busses that take you 5 minutes to the waterfalls, or the old enterance at the village of Skradin, where you can take a boat half an hour up the river gorge to the same place.  The new gate is good if you're in a hurry, the old gate is much more fun, with an hour on the river.  The price is the same either way, about US$20 for park admission.

The park is similar to Plitvicka Lakes NP in central Croatia, but here you can swim in the river which is nice, but the water isn't as pristine.

Slow boat up the gorge

The village of Skradin is worth seeing in itself.  It's been very well restored after being heavily damaged during the homeland war 15 years ago.  The Croatians are really good at repairing and restoring buildings rather than converting them to commercial development during rebuilding.  Subtile evidence of the occupation and liberation of the area can be seen though, patched bullet holes around windows, an occasional ruin of a bombed our building never rebuilt.  This area was taken by Serbia at the beginning of the war, with many Croats killed our driven out, but there was equal violence against the Serbs later as the Croat troops re-took the towns in 1995.  Now it's that interesting Croatian combination of village and high-end tourist resort that you see so much on the coast.  Just about all of the homes have an apartment to rent during the tourist season, and a deepwater harbor makes a good stopover for everything from sailboats on a Mediterranean tour to mega yachts from around the world, with restaurants and accomidations for the full range, and of course the national park the everyone can enjoy.

Eric says:
Hey, thanks for sharing these photos. I was here a few years ago (2005 I think). I went swimming at the bottom of the falls, looks like they might not allow that anymore?
Posted on: Sep 13, 2009
Stigen says:
Seems like a very cool place!
Posted on: Sep 12, 2009
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These biodiesel burning boats can …
These biodiesel burning boats can…
Slow boat up the gorge
Slow boat up the gorge
High limestone cliffs along the ri…
High limestone cliffs along the r…
Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Krka falls
Krka falls
Krka falls
Krka falls
Travertine reefs - these reefs, ba…
Travertine reefs - these reefs, b…
Travertine reef
Travertine reef
The river roars down these falls, …
The river roars down these falls,…
Turquoise Croatian rivers get thei…
Turquoise Croatian rivers get the…
Old people selling little cups of …
Old people selling little cups of…
As the paths wind up the river, mo…
As the paths wind up the river, m…
The second commercial hydroelectri…
The second commercial hydroelectr…
The original turbine
The original turbine
The river passes down 7 major wate…
The river passes down 7 major wat…
Smooth flow of water over a traver…
Smooth flow of water over a trave…
Krka River below the falls
Krka River below the falls
Little observation pod over the fa…
Little observation pod over the f…
Guy making horseshoes in an ethnic…
Guy making horseshoes in an ethni…
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Oh my gosh, bring food with you! …
The cafe is an old mill
The cafe is an old mill
Millhouse
Millhouse
Slow flowing marsh above the falls…
Slow flowing marsh above the fall…
Water bubbles up in the sunshine
Water bubbles up in the sunshine
Whats under the falls...  Travert…
What's under the falls... Traver…
Under a canopy of beech
Under a canopy of beech
Snorkeling around the reefs under …
Snorkeling around the reefs under…
Under the falls at Krka
Under the falls at Krka
Aquatic grasses between travertine…
Aquatic grasses between travertin…
Thousands of fish in the ponds alo…
Thousands of fish in the ponds al…
...back down the river, weve only…
...back down the river, we've onl…
The new, bigger boats barely clear…
The new, bigger boats barely clea…
Village of Skradin from the river …
Village of Skradin from the river…
Megayachts in Skradin harbor - Bil…
Megayachts in Skradin harbor - Bi…
Tower in near the main square
Tower in near the main square
A head
A head
Clean streets of Skradin, restored…
Clean streets of Skradin, restore…
Zvonka after a long day of hiking …
Zvonka after a long day of hiking…
A walk through Skradin
A walk through Skradin
Serbian orthodox church destroyed …
Serbian orthodox church destroyed…
Interior of a dynamited Serbian or…
Interior of a dynamited Serbian o…
Remains of the clock, there used t…
Remains of the clock, there used …
Bombed out building was never rebu…
Bombed out building was never reb…
Croatian flag flies again over an …
Croatian flag flies again over an…
From inside the fortress - walls 1…
From inside the fortress - walls …
Skradin from the fortress
Skradin from the fortress
Buildings still scarred by artille…
Buildings still scarred by artill…
Serbian church probably targeted a…
Serbian church probably targeted …
Shell dammage
Shell dammage
Caves riddle the mountainsides in …
Caves riddle the mountainsides in…
Krka
photo by: elam