Things to see at Krka Waterfalls

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Krka Waterfalls National park has had visitors for countless decades. The serene beauty and relaxing cascading waterfalls have attracted young and old alike, the waterfalls providing a place to enjoy the natural beauty and take a dip in the refreshing clean water during the Summer.

Whilst most know of the Krka Waterfalls as a place that is perfect to explore during the Summer time, there’s still plenty of things that people are interested in. The park being full of mystery and beautiful sights that are just waiting to be seen during a Krka tour from Split.

What waterfalls are in Krka?

The waterfalls in Croatia are abundant. Several of them decorating the natural park Krka in several locations all across it which you are bound to see during a day trip to Krka. The national park being one of several tours you can explore from Split. Krka Excursion from Split offering a chance to see the most notable ones like:

  • The Vast waterfall or more commonly known as Roški slap. It features a rather tall 22.5 meter high main waterfalls with numerous backwaters and cascades.
  • Manojlovac waterfall, the waterfalls towering at a whopping 59.6 meters in total height over several travertine barriers. Located just a couple hundred meters from the famous archaeological site Burnum.
  • Skradinski Buk is the longest waterfalls in Krka National park and one of the most popular. One interesting thing about the waterfalls is that the Skradisnki buk Ethno Village won a prestigious award, Golden Flower of Europe in 2006.
  • Bilušića Buk, the first in the series of a couple waterfalls in Krka park, located hidden in a canyon only 9 kilometres downstream of Knin. If there’s a danger of flooding this waterfalls would be the cause. Bilušića Buk was detonated a handful of times over the years in order to regulate water flow of the Krka River; and in turn preventing the possibility of flooding a nearby field of Knin.

The waterfalls were also once used to provide power to Šibenik town with one of the first Hydro Power plants in the world, “Jaruga“, which was built back in 1895. Visovac lake being used to power mills for breadmaking; due to being around two thousand square meters in size. The mills being built all the way back during the 12th century, but unfortunately they haven’t been used for the past few dozen years or so.

Is there an island in Krka Waterfalls?

Surprisingly yes! The secluded island that you can see in Krka Waterfalls is home to a Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, along with the Church of Our Lady of Visovac. With the impeccable beauty that surrounds the island due to it’s location it is widely acclaimed to be Croatia‘s most valuable and cultural value.

For those that wish to see the island up close are in luck as there are boat ride visits that include a 30 minutes tour of Krka’s Visovac island. Providing quite a lot to see for those that are curious about the history of everything. Lovers of history will surely be delighted by the experience of seeing this unique little island up close. You can catch a glimpse if not visit the island during a Krka tour from Split.

Like we previously mentioned the Visovac lake that surrounds the island of Visovac had one of the first hydro power plants built on it’s territory. The Hydro Power plant providing power to the town Šibenik just two days after the first power plant was built on Niagara Falls in Canada according to the great Nikola Tesla.

Whilst it might not be a waterfalls per say, Visovac lake and the island that sits in the middle of it is home to a Monastery and library that has sat there for several hundred years. The island seamlessly isolated from the rest of the world, being only accessible by boat from Krka Waterfalls. Visovac island belongs to one of the most important natural and cultural treasures of Croatia.

During the turbulent history of Visovac the island remained as the place of peace and prayer, and the Franciscan monastery that functioned as a fortress of spirituality and belief being cornerstones of being Croatian and keeping Croatian national identity under wraps. The Monastery also has a significant archeological library, collection of historical church attire and dishes; along with an extensive library with a number of priceless books and inkunabula. There’s also a number of excitin

But there are some notes to keep in mind with Visovac:

  • The only way onto the island is by boat
  • Pets aren’t allowed onto the island
  • Swimming allowed on nearby locations of Stinica and beach Pisak in surrounding Remetića

Archaeological sites in Krka Waterfalls

Those that have visited Krka might have not noticed that it is home to several archaeological sites. Oziđana pećina, one of the sites incorporated in a walking tour Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina, is a site of remarkable historical significance. Best seen with a guided Krka tour from Split, but also allowing people to explore the cave at their own pace.

Archaeological research has over the years confirmed the presence of multiple Neolithic cultures of the Adriatic region (Impresso, Danilo and Hvar) along with Eneolithic cultures from the early to middle Bronze Era. Some records also show the continuous presence of human activity in the cave from 5000 to 1500 B.C. There’s also an archaeological collection proudly on display inside the cave for anyone curious.

Fast forwarding a bit in time in Krka Waterfalls you’ll find the ancient historical gem that is the Roman military camp Burnum. Hidden in the very center of the Dalmatian-Zagora region, deep in the overgrowth of flora and rocks lies Burnum.

Burnum military base was erected at a position that allowed control at the turn of the new era. Being the seat of the XI Roman legion of Claudiae Piae Fidelis and IV legion of Flaviae Felix. Luckily to this day visitors can still admire the arches of the command building in the camp, along with being the only military amphitheatre in Croatia, located in a rather quiet village. There are also remains of a military training ground that was used by the Romans all those years ago.

But those are just the most notable places where you’ll be able to find archeological findings; there’s some discovering scattered throughout Krka Waterfalls but it isn’t as memorable as the places we mentioned. So make the most out of your time when you’re visiting Krka; choose wisely which part of the waterfalls you’d like to explore if you happen to be visiting on your own, as with a tour you’d have less options to choose from.

Make the most out of your Vacation in Krka Waterfalls, whether it’s your first time travelling or your tenth visit to Krka National park. Relax and take in the sights of the nature, whether it’s Summer or Winter, we’re positive you’ll love the atmosphere regardless of season.

There’s also several artifacts that were dug out from this archaeological site, being put on display at Puljane Eco Campus. The archaeological collection being open for visitors during the entire year; apart from some special circumstances. The military Roman camp Burnum can only be reached by road and not being that easy to visit during a Krka tour from Split. But if you find some time to spare it’s an interesting place to stop by due to the rich history it possesses that we are positive you’ll enjoy. Divert some time to learn and see some of the historic memorabilia that was found inside Krka National park.

Krka Waterfalls dam

Whilst a dam isn’t something as exciting as a historical Roman military camp for instance, it still finds a home in Krka National park. The park being home to the famous Jaruga Hydroelectric plant that was the first power plant to provide a town (Šibenik) with street lights. The power-plant was such a huge success that the Croatian Post printed a stamp commemorating it in 1995. You probably won’t be able to see the dam when you go to Krka Waterfalls from Split unless you go visit the park on your own, giving you the opportunity to choose where and what locations of the National park you would like to visit. Allowing more freedom for your visit.

Interesting fact that we previously mentioned would be that the Jaruga Hydroelectric power plant was operational just two days after the one in Niagara Falls, making it one of the world’s first hydroelectric power plants in existence. So it’s quite an interesting sight to see as the power plant still provides power to this day, mostly to the operation of the National park.

Visovačka house “Kuželj”

The center for visitors of Visovačka kuća “Kuželj” is located in the one hundred year old Summer forest of honey oak and white hornbeam on the very start of the educational-walking path Stinica – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina.

It’s particularly interesting for nature lovers as it shows most if not all the autochthonous species living in the forest ecosystem; along with teaching about the natural and cultural heritage of the National park. In the very center there’s an education

al workshop for children, some taking place out in the open as well. Making it a rather informative experience, especially for young visitors.

Mores of Krka National park

In the old days everything was done differently, Krka waterfalls being no exception to this rule. When people still lived inside this beautiful National park they had different customs which visitors of the park can still experience to this day.

Before pre-industrial water plants, there were water mills on the Krka River. The mills symbolizing economic power and were a frequent source of conflict over history. But luckily some water mills have survived countless years of war, offering it’s visitors to experience seeing presentations of how wheat was milled, cloth was pounded and washed, fabric was weaved, smithing of horseshoes, ploughing and preparations of food during the old times.

Krka tour from Split would be the perfect method of exploring the NP Krka. The tour offering a refreshing experience that includes lunch & drinks, english speaking driver and transfer to/from the park.

There’s also the visitor center Laškovica which is the starting point of Krka bike & Krka hike, along with providing parking, electrical vehicle charging and toilet, for absolutely free.

Raised on the foundations of the older Eredimian monastery, first mentioned in 1402 of written documents. The monastery having a church right besides it; built in a Byzantian style. Beneath the church there’s also remains of Roman catacombs, which are open to visitors to explore.

Nearby locations to Krka Waterfalls

Like many other places in the world most people focus just on the main attraction without spending a single thought to see the nearby outskirts. Krka offering a few hidden gems in the nearby villages and towns where you can have delicious food or even swim in the rivers that run into Krka National park; a replacement of sorts to the previously available swimming spot in the National park. Allowing you to take a refreshing dip in the serene water before moving on to a restaurant to enjoy some local cuisine as you either start heading towards the beautiful Krka Waterfalls or back to your accommodation.

There’s also several towns that have a close knitted relationship with Krka National park. Šibenik for instance providing a worthwhile trip that’s also included in our lunch included Krka tour from Split. Admire the historic architecture or go swimming in one of many beaches scattered throughout Šibenik town. The town holding many historic monuments that have rich history; especially from the Homeland war era.

But what shall you get yourselves up to after exploring and having your fill of Krka National park? Well, it’s up to you to choose if you’re hungry for more National parks to explore or if you’re content you can always take it easy by exploring some old towns. Croatia in the end having more than a handful of sights and activities to spend your time on.

What to do after Krka National park from Split

Plenty of people ask themselves what else is there to Croatia. The country famous for it’s beautiful serene beaches so that’s something to spend some time visiting. The National park isn’t the only thing that Croatia has going for it as you’ll get to experience the rich history old towns scattered in most major cities. But if exploring/walking around towns isn’t to your liking there’s several other tours to choose from ranging from adventure excursions that will put your bravery to the test with exciting Rafting down Cetina river; or you might want to push your fear of heights by going Ziplining.

Croatia is full of sights to see in every corner of the country, it’s all a matter of simply taking the initiative of exploring them by visiting another National park or going island hopping from one place to the other. Get a private transfer from Split to anywhere else, or go on a thrilling tour somewhere, whether that be a boat tour from Split or an explorer excursion to take you to places you’ve never been before in Croatia.

But in the end you could always simply take a moment to relax in your accommodation; after all, you are on Vacation so it’s key to take things leisurely. Whether Croatia is your first stop on your journey or your last before heading back home. It’s important to enjoy yourselves to the fullest when travelling to new unfamiliar countries like Croatia. Along with providing a memorable experience to remember forever during your adventures throughout.