Krka National Park
The Krka National Park is located entirely within the territory of Šibenik-Knin County and encompasses an area of 109 square kilometers along the Krka River: two kilometers downriver from Knin to Skradin and the lower part of the river Čikola. The Krka National Park was proclaimed in 1985, as the seventh national park in Croatia.
There are 5 entrances to the park: Lozovac, Skradin, Roški slap, Burnum and Kistanje. This time we choose Skradin as our starting point and after 20 minutes of a pleasant boat trip we reached Skradinski buk.
Skradinski buk is the longest and the most visited waterfall on the Krka River, and one of the best known natural features in Croatia. The waters of the Krka and Čikola Rivers meet here and together spill over the 17 cascades over a span of 800m. And in the summer time you can even swimm here.
On a pleasant one hour walk down the trails, crossing the bridges over the travertine barriers, visitors can learn more about the wealth of flora and fauna of the Krka River, and the special features of the living communities of the travertine barriers and aquatic habitats.
At the restored water mills (19th century) of Krka National Park, it is possible to visit presentation of milling wheat, washing and pounding the cloth, weaving of fabrics and floor mats, horseshoes forging, ploughing, planting, the preparation of food in the old kitchens and more.
The remains of the former Krka hydroelectric plant are found at Skradinski buk. It was constructed and began operations in 1895, just two days after Tesla`s hydroelectric plant on Niagara Falls became operational. At the same time, 11 km of power lines to transmit electricity and a city lighting network were built, the first complete electricity system in Croatia. Thanks to it Šibenik had electrical lighting before many European cities.
And finally, we end our trip in Skradin, a little town of rich history and eno-gastronomy. We enjoy a delicious dinner and a glass of Debit at one of the many excellent restaurants. The day can definitely be called perfect.
We already plan our next visit, cause there are many sights we haven`t seen yet: the other six of the seven travertine waterfalls (Bilušića buk, Brljan, Manojlovac slap, Rošnjak, Miljacka slap, Roški slap), the Visovac Island with Franciscan Monestery, Burnum (the ruins of Roman military camp), Ozidana cave (the prehistorical locality) ...