From Zadar to Krka National Park journey take only 45 minutes. National park lies within Šibenik-Knin County. It covers a total area of 109 km² of the loveliest sections of the Krka and 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. 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. They 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. They includes one of the most beautiful cliff waterfall in Europe, Skradinski buk. Only on this location swimming in Krka is allowed. Nothing is more beautiful than refreshing in the cool water of the Krka River on a hot summer day.
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 recorded 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. Important fact is that four animals from the European endangered species list can be found in Krka National Park. They are greater horseshoe bat, wolf, otter and wild cat. Impressive.
The area around 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. You can find remnants of the Burnum military camp on the right side of river, near the village of Ivoševci.
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 artifacts 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 youngest visitors of the park.
HOW TO GET FROM ZADAR TO KRKA?
You know, there’s a lot to see and enjoy this spectacular landscape. NP Krka is just between two airports, Zadar airport and Split airport. This makes it a popular destination for a day trip. If you want to go from Zadar to Krka National park feel free to contact us and we will take you on a wonderful and unforgettable journey.