Krka National Park lies within Šibenik-Knin County, and covers a total area of 109 km² of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, and the lower course of the Čikola River. The national park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural
value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. The purpose of the park is primarily to serve science, culture, education and recreation, while tourism activities have also been introduced for its visitors. With its seven travertine waterfalls (Bilušića buk, Brljan, Manojlovac slap, Rošnjak, Miljacka slap, Roški slap and Skradinski buk) and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. Travertine is a common feature of the surface waters of the Dinaric karst; only the most extraordinary travertine creates significant layers, which build the waterfalls seen on the Krka River.
The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are very fragile formations, and are sensitive to environmental change and all human activities and are the fundamental phenomenon of this river. The ultimate attraction of the Park are its spectacular waterfalls, which includes one of the most beautiful cliff waterfall in Europe, Skradinski buk.
Thanks to geographic position and the large number of different habitat types, the plant life around the Krka River is exceptionally diverse and picturesque, with 1022 species recoreded to date.
The fauna of Krka National Park is very rich and diverse, with many endemic, rare and threatened species. This puts the Krka River among the most valuable natural entities in both Croatia and Europe. There are many subterranean animals, including freshwater cave snails, cave pseudoscorpion, cave isopod, cave polychaete, olm, and cave cricket. Also, in the park ten you can see fish species that are endemic to the Adriatic river basins: Adriatic salmon, huchen, Adriatic dace, Dalmatian rudd, Croatian dace, Dalmatian barbel gudgeon, Adriatic barbel, Illyric ide, Visovac goby and the Dalmatian minnow. One important fact is that four animals from the European endangered species list can be found in Krka National Park: greater horseshoe bat, wolf, otter and wild cat. Impressive.
The area arround Krka River includes many important archaeological sites, without which it would be impossible to know anything about the history of the area. Within the national park boundaries, there are about 20 archaeological sites from all periods. Among sites dating back to the period of the Roman Empire, the Burnum military is certainly the most significant, with its recently discovered amphitheatre, a world class find. The remnants of the Burnum military camp are situated on the right bank of the Krka River, near where the village of Ivoševci stands today.
Also there is a tiny island of Visovac in the Krka river settled by Franciscan monks in 1445, who originally built a monastery in that year (later demolished, then rebuilt in the 18th century) and a church in 1576. The monastery contains a number of well-preserved artefacts and a library.
The old mills at Krka Waterfalls, which have been transformed into small ethnographic museums where one can see how wheat was ground in the olden days, are a popular attraction for visitors. Heritage interpreters are dressed in traditional folk costumes, which is particularly interesting and entertaining for children, who are frequent visitors of the park.
You know, there’s a lot to see and enjoy this spectacular landscape. Feel free to contact us and we will take you on a wonderful and unforgettable journey.