Croatia is one of our favorite countries in the world to visit, and the natural beauty that is part of what makes the country so special is on full display in Krka and Plitvice.
Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s incredible national parks, many particularly known for waterfalls. Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is probably the most famous of these.
The smaller Krka National Park is arguably a more accessible version of a reserve filled with waterfalls. During our recent stay in Split, Croatia, we decided to check out what Krka had to offer. From what we understand, the park has some of the best waterfalls in Europe.
Krka is easy to reach from Split. You can rent a car – the drive is just over an hour. A public bus is also an option, but depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you might need to make a connection.
We’d recommend taking one of the many tours offered. Tour operators along the Promenade in Split display posters of the falls and offer easy day trips. At about 25 Euro, they offer a stress-free round trip private bus to the park.
Krka also has a small “village”, complete with a working blacksmith and loom, demonstrating how the communities that were settled on the river lived before the Industrial Revolution.
The mill and washing machine are both working and powered by the water of the river–they are quite impressive!
Where to Stay Nearby
There are no official hotels located in Krka National Park, but there are plenty of options in nearby cities like Sibenik, Skradin or Lozovac. Here are some of the best local hotels:
D-Resort Sibenik: Located in the historic city Sibenik on the Adriatic coast, this luxury resort is known for its fantastic art installations, stunning accommodations, pool, and on-site spa. It also features great views of the marina, several bars, and restaurants serving international and Mediterranean cuisine.
Medulic Palace Rooms & Apartments: With a central location in the heart of Sibenik Old Town, this hotel is a great choice for those looking to be in the center of it all. You’ll have a nice choice of restaurants and stunning views of the old town’s beautiful cobblestone roads.
Vrata Krke Hotel: This hotel has the perfect location in Lozovac near the main entrance to Krka National Park. It’s close to the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, making it a great choice for those looking to explore that area of the grounds. It features cycling paths, an on-site restaurant, and even a wedding hall.