Krka National Park lies about 10km inland from Šibenik in this part of Dalmatia. Named after the Krka River, the Park covers an area of just over 142 square km and includes two thirds of the river itself. Extending along the 73km River Krka, the Krka National Park runs from the Adriatic near Šibenik inland to the mountains of the Croatian interior.The top attraction of the Park are its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights. The park has five main entrances, all are accessible by car. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985.
What to see
When you are at the Krka National Park there are several places of interest. The attractions and facilities available are various footpaths, sightseeing tours and presentations, boat trips, souvenir shops, a museum, and restaurants. There are also several archeological remains of unpreserved fortresses in the park’s vicinity dating back to as far as the Roman times. They are Čučevo, Nečven, Bogočin, Ključica and Burnum.
There’s a wide variety of both flora and fauna in the Park. Over 800 species of plantlife have been identified as being present in the National Park. Much of the animal life lives, unsurprisingly, in and around the waters of the Krka River which is home to different amphibian and reptile creatures. You will also be able to see many different bird species (there are over 200), and possibly some of the 18 different species of bat who call the Park their home.
The most frequently visited areas in of Krka National Park are Skradinski buk and Roški slap. Skradinski buk is one of Croatia’s best known natural features, made up of travertine cascades, islands and lakes.
Skradinski buk waterfall
The Skradinski buk waterfall, the longest waterfall on the Krka River, is one of the best known natural beauties of Croatia.The cascades are composed of travertine barriers, islands, and lakes. They can be viewed throughout the entire year thanks to a network of paths and bridges that enable comfortable and safe walking. Several renovated water mills, rolling mills, and washing columns that for centuries have utilized the power of the river are also located at the Skradinski buk. Preserving the traditional folk architecture individual mills have been turned into souvenir shops, while others have been transformed into exhibition areas for ethnographic collections. The Skradinski buk Ethno Village at Krka National Park recently received the prestigious Golden Flower of Europe award (Entente Florale Europe) from the European Association for Flowers and Landscape in 2006, in a competition among several thousand sites.
The Skradinski buk can be reached from the Lozovac entrance, with free parking, while from April to October free bus transfers for individual visitors are available from the entrance to the Skradinski buk. The other entrance is in Skradin, where from April to November visitors to the waterfalls are transported by boats of the Krka National Park. Nature lovers and fans of hiking can reach the Skradinski buk along a 875 m trail from the Lozovac entrance or from Skradin, along a 4 km trail that is also a bicycle path. Excursions can be taken by boat from the Skradinski buk to Visovac Island and the Roški slap waterfall.
Roški slap is also called the „vast waterfall“, and is made up of a 22.5 m high main waterfall and countless backwaters, cascades and travertine islands. Roški slap is situated about 36 km downstream of the Krka River spring. The start of the barrier is made up of a series of small cascades (called the ‘necklace’ by the locals), followed by numerous backwaters and islets. Between Roški waterfall and Oziđana pećina cave there are 517 wooden steps.
Over the waterfall, there is a road that dates back to Roman times. Throughout most of Roški slap, the natural environment is pristine and of great interest to nature lovers. On the left bank are a series of attractive water mills, several of which have been restored and returned to their original function. The complex of water mills at Roški slap is among the most interesting and prized ethnographic monuments in Dalmatia and Croatia.
Visovac Island is among Croatia’s most valuable natural and cultural values. The Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac have stood here since 1445. The monastery houses a valuable archaeological collection, a collection of historical church linens and dishes anda rich library, with several historical manuscripts, valuable books and incunabula. Due to the centuries of worship of the Mother of God, this island is often called Our Lady’s Island. Visovac has always attracted pilgrims, who today arrive via the organized boat excursions of Krka National Park.
Visits to Visovac Island are possible by way of boat excursion from Skradinski buk, Stinica and Remetić. A visit to Visovac Island includes a 30 minute tour of the island, the Franciscan monastery, church and museum.
The first in the series of seven waterfalls on the Krka River is the exciting Bilušića buk, found in the canyon just 9 km downstream of Knin.The waterfall can be reached via the road Kistanje – Knin on the right bank, or the road Drniš – Oklaj from the Promina side. From the edge of the canyon, a trail runs 300 m towards the fall, and just after a dense grove of willows, the view opens onto Bilušića buk. Considering the fact that the entire flow of the Krka River flows over it all year round, it can be heard much sooner than it can be seen. Of the many mills and columns that were once found here, today only two mills and one washing columns remain at the fall, and the fall is surrounded by small fields where the locals grow vegetables. Due to the untameable strength of Bilušića buk, it was blasted on five occasions (in 1834, 1895, 1953 and 1954) in order to regulate the flow of the Krka River and to prevent the possibility of flooding of the Kninsko polje field.
Oziđana cave, a locality within the framework of the educational walking trail Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana cave, is a site of exceptional natural, cultural and historical significance. Archaeological research has confirmed the presence in the cave of all the Neolithic cultures of the Adriatic region (Impresso, Danilo and Hvar cultures) and Eneolithic cultures, from the early to the middle Bronze Age. There is a record of continuous human presence in the cave from 5000 to 1500 B.C. An in situ archaeological collection has been put on display in the cave.
This is the third waterfall in the series, the tallest and considered by many to be the loveliest waterfall on the Krka River. The waterfall consists of a series of travertine barriers, with a total height of 59.6 m. The largest barrier is 32.2 m high.
The canyon around the waterfall is overgrown with lush sub-Mediterranean vegetation, with small fields and pastures lining the river. During periods of high waters, the waterfall crashes into the depths with a deafening noise, creating a veil of mist in a rainbow palette of colours. During the warmer part of the year, the waterfall is dry, as the water is channelled into the reservoir of the nearby Miljacka hydroelectric plant.
In 2011, the trail with viewpoint was cleared and reopened to visitors. At that time, a plaque in honour of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I was revealed, as it was at this very spot that the emperor, together with his wife Elizabeth, admired the beauty of Manoljovac slap.
- June, July and August: 8 am – 8 pm/ 08.00 – 20.00 hours
- May and September: 8 am – 7 pm/ 08.00 – 19.00 hours
- April and 1 – 15 October: 8 am – 6 pm/ 08.00 – 18.00 hours
- March and 15 – 31 October: 9 am – 5 pm/ 09.00 – 17.00 hours
- January- February and November-December: 9 am – 4 pm / 09.00 – 16.00 hours
In Krka National Park, visitors are not permitted to bathe outside of clearly marked bathing areas, to dive or fish using a spear gun/harpoon, to recreationally fish without a permit, to hunt, catch, frighten or disturb wild game or other animal species, to pick or damage indigenous plants, to break or damage travertine, to take photographs for commercial purposes without approval, to travel by motor vehicle along roads on which travel is forbidden or limited without approval, to camp or light fires outside of clearly marked areas, to dispose of waste and to pollute springs and watercourses, to move along travertine barriers outside the clearly marked trails and to walk dogs without a leash.
Drones or other unmanned aerial equipment are not allowed in Krka National Park. Dogs are permitted in the park when accompanied by their owners. They must be on a leash at all times and during transport (bus and boat), they must have a muzzle. Dogs are not permitted on Visovac Island. They may move freely around the wider area of the Krka Monastery, but are not permitted to enter the monastery.
- Jan–Mar/Nov–Dec —-30.00 kn—-4€
- Apr–Jun/Sep–Oct—–110.00 kn—-15€
- Jul–Aug – 180.00 kn, After 4 pm 130.00 kn——-24€ / 17€
Individual children (7 to 18 years)
- Jan–Mar/Nov–Dec —-20.00 kn —-3€
- Apr–Jun/Sep–Oct —–80.00 kn—-11€
- Jul–Aug – 110.00 kn, After 4 pm 80.00 kn—-15€/11€
CHILDREN UNDER 7 YEARS —-FREE
- All terrestrial locations
- Roški slap
- Kistanje, Burnum, Puljane
The entrance ticket for all terrestrial locations includes:
- one-time visit to all the terrestrial localities of Krka National Park,
- expert presentation and demonstration of the Burnum archaeological collection, ethno presentation at the mills at Skradinski buk, Roški slap and Oziđana pećina cave, access to all walking trails in the park
- boat transport on the route Skradin – Skradinski buk and return, except in the period from November to March
- bus transport for the route Lozovac – Skradinski buk and return, except in the period from November to March
- Ticket price includes visitor insurance and VAT.
- boat excursions, bus transport Lozovac – Skradinski buk, boat visits on the route Skradin – Skradinski buk –Skradin, visits to Visovac Island, the Krka monastery and Oziđana pećina cave are not available for visitors in the winter period (November to March).
Limiting How Many People Can Visit
Increasing concerns over safety risks and the continued damage inflicted upon the landscape from overcrowding drove the new restrictions. Krešimir Šakić, Director of Krka National Park, announced the new visitor limits in anticipation of the approaching peak summer season—more than 3.5 million visitors explored Croatia’s national parks last year—and going forward, anyone arriving once the site has reached maximum capacity will simply have to wait their turn (make sure to purchase your tickets to the park in advance). According to Croatian media, the park will now limit entrance to a maximum of 10,000 visitors at a time into the Skradinski buk section of the park, one of the most beautiful and recognizable spots along the Krka River thanks to its massive natural pool for swimming, unique quality of light, and three accompanying waterfalls.
Getting to Krka National Park
Due to its proximity to the coastline, the majority of Krka National Park’s visitors are those that find themselves travelling either up or down the Croatian coast. If you’re planning on making the Park your first port of call in Croatia, or want to get there easily, the nearest airport to the park is Split Airport. From here, transfer to Split Bus Station. During high season, there are then direct buses to Skradin (one of the entrances to Krka NP) which take about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Outside of high season, or for more options at any time of year, we’re recommend travelling to Šibenik first. From Šibenik, there are then also buses to Skradin. From Zadar, there are also direct buses to Skradin during high season – journey time is about an hour. For those who like a double-whammy of nature parks, in the summer there are a couple of buses connecting Plitvice Lakes National Park and Skradin. If you’re travelling from elsewhere in Croatia, it is best to travel to Šibenik first and then travel on to Skradin and Krka National Park.
Krka National Park is open for visitors year round, and can be toured by water, by road or by foot on our many hiking trails, the only condition being that you abide by our environmental protection rules. There are five entrances to the park: Lozovac, Skradin, Roški slap / Laškovica, Burnum / Puljani and Kistanje / Krka Monastery. Working hours are different depending on the season.
Visitors are transported through the park by boats of the Krka National Park, according to the set schedule. From April to November, organized groups must reserve a boat in advance. There are bicycle trails, about 3 km in length, leading from the Skradin Bridge to Skradinski buk, and transport is also possible for tourist agency boats (with mandatory appointment with the park management).
The Krka National Park Skradin branch office also houses a souvenir shop and multimedia gallery. Entrance tickets and boat excursion tickets are available at all three entrances to the park. There are no boats in winter period.
This is the main road entrance to Krka National Park for tourist buses and individual visitors. Throughout the year, free parking is available for individual visitors and organized groups arriving in tourist buses. From April to October, transport is organized for individual visitors to Skradinski buk and back on buses belonging to the National Park. In the winter period, guests are permitted to enter in their vehicles.
Buses of tourist agencies are permitted to transport their groups through the park. It is also possible to reach Skradinski buk from here by foot along a hiking trail that is about 800 m long, and takes about 10 minutes.
Entrance Roški slap
Roški slap can be reach by road from Drniš, Knin and Skradin, or by the excursion boats of the Krka National Park that set off from Skradinski buk. The natural beauty of Roški slap can be viewed year round, while the presentation centre is open from April to October. Boat excursions from Roški slap to the Krka monastery, and to the Early Croatian fortresses of Trošenj and Nečven are organized daily from April to June. Entrance tickets for Krka National Park, and boat excursion tickets for the Krka monastery are available at the entrance to the national park at Roški slap.
Entrance Burnum / Puljani
The archaeological site of Burnum is located within the Krka National Park, above the canyon, waterfalls, and lakes of the river, in an area of exceptional beauty and natural features.
The parts of Roman Burnum that can be seen at the site in Ivoševci include the remains of the only Roman military amphitheatre in Croatia, the arcades of the command building in the military camp, and several walls of the military drilling area. The archaeological artefacts dug up from this locality (weapons, tools, daily use items) are on display at the Burnum Archaeological Collection in the center of Puljane.
Burnum can only be reached by road. The locality and archaeological collection are open for visitors during the whole year. Tours guided by an archaeologist include a visit to the amphitheatre and military camp). Reservations are necessary for group visits.
Entrance Kistanje / Krka Monastery
Krka Monastery can be visited by an organized boat transport between Roški waterfall – Krka Monastery – medieval fortresses Nečven and Trošenj Krka Monastery can be visited by an organized boat transport between Roški waterfall – Krka Monastery – medieval fortresses Nečven and Trošenj, in the period of two and a half hours, from April to October. The Krka Monastery is also accessible by car or by excursion bus from Kistanje throughout the year. From Kistanje follow the signs for the Krka Monastery and go down by serpentine roads to the monastery, where there is a parking lot. From the Krka Monastery you can go for a half-hour tour of the educative footpath through the original nature.