Are you traveling along the Croatian coast? And have you found yourself in the beautiful coastal city, Sibenik? Well, if that’s the case we have a fun day trip for you to add to your itinerary. You probably came for the beaches, the historical cities, and the Game of Thrones tours but this amazing day trip to Krka National Park Croatia will consist mostly of waterfalls – and you can expect a lot of them! So don’t forget your swim trunks and your camera!
With 500.000 liters of water running through the 17 waterfalls every second, it’s definitely not something you see every day. All we can say is that Krka National Park Croatia is something you’ll want to see no matter the season.
Krka National Park Croatia
First things first… What is Krka National Park Croatia?
Krka is a beautiful park FULL of waterfalls! People travel all the way across the country to this little town called Skradin which is where you find this natural wonder. One of the cool things about Krka is that it’s not just a boat tour to get there and then you look at the waterfall, take a few pictures, and then leave.
There’s actually a loop track that takes you all the way through the park, along the stream, and around the waterfalls. The loop takes about an hour (maybe longer if you stop for pictures all the time, haha) and it’s an easy walk. There’s a bit of an incline but it’s mostly flat. Also, the path is all either paved or on a wooden walkway. So you don’t have to go through too much mud.
How to get from Sibenik to Skradin
Krka National Park’s accessibility from Sibenik is great for tourists. The national park starts in Skradin and from Sibenik, this is only a half an hour drive. You can also take the bus which leaves multiple times during the day.
The earliest bus leaves around 9 am from the main bus station in Sibenik, and the latest bus leaves from Skradin around 5 pm so you have lots of time to explore the park.
The bus doesn’t leave that often so make sure you get to the bus stop on time or you might have to wait for another 2-3 hours for the next one. The price of a bus ticket is 48 Kuna return (student discount).
How to get from Skradin to the waterfalls
Once you get to Skradin you have two options:
- You can go straight to the boats and buy a ticket which includes the entrance to the national park, the boat trip to the park, and the return boat.
- Or you can walk to the park from Skradin, pay for the entrance (by the blue bridge), and then return by boat.
Prices vary depending on the season but range from 100-200 Kuna. We went in high season (early June) and paid 120 Kuna with our ISIC student cards.
We chose the second option as it we like to walk and the forest walk along the Krka River is really beautiful. Also, barely anyone chooses this option so we had the path all to ourselves. We got lucky and saw a little turtle while we were taking pictures of the beautiful Krka River.
Our overall experience in Krka National Park Croatia
Just walking to the park made us feel more in our element. The partial feeling of remoteness and nature was something we’ve been missing on this trip and we finally got it!
Because of its beauty, there are a lot of tourists, so that’s just something to keep in mind. You might not get Insta-perfect pictures but the fact that there are a lot of tourists doesn’t take anything away from the beauty of the park.
If you’re not one for overly exposed tourist destinations then maybe this is one you could pass up on or just make sure you go super early before the crowds get there (around 8-9 AM). When that’s said and done we’d highly recommend you going and we would definitely go back one day!
We don’t want to spoil it all for you since it’s such an amazing experience seeing it yourself, but we’ll give you a little tease of what to expect. Just take a look at this picture for example…
When is the best time to go
Going in Summer
- Hopefully, the weather will be great for swimming. In May and June 2019 there have been restrictions due to extremely high water levels so for safety reasons swimming hasn’t been allowed. But you can generally go swim in the high season (June-August).
- There are stunning spots for pictures and if the weather is nice you got the perfect photo opportunity 😉
- The ferries run more frequently, so you don’t have to wait as long to get back to Skradin.
- As we mentioned before, it’s more expensive to travel during high season than during low season.
- It can get extremely touristy, so if you’re claustrophobic you might want to think twice about doing the loop walk.
- Busses can fill up quickly so make sure you get to your bus early.
Going in shoulder season (spring and fall)
- The entry Pass is half price or even less depending on the month.
- It’s way less touristy, especially for the size of the walking path. This is a huge plus.
- There is more room for better pictures with fewer people in them. Especially in front of Skradinski Buk.
- You may not be able to swim due to the heavy flow of water and the cold.
- Unfortunately, some of the cafes and restaurants may be closed.
- Transportation to Krka National Park Croatia along with the boats inside of the national park doesn’t run as often. You might have to wait an hour for a boat or walk back to Skradin.
At the end of the day, no matter when you go visit Croatia, make sure to keep Krka National Park in mind. The pros and cons are just here to prepare you for the trip. It truly is the perfect day trip from Sibenik and we loved it!
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