Glittering Krka National Park

If you’re staying close to Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, there’s plenty to be said for heading inland instead of out to the islands of the Adriatic. Krka National Park is situated just an hour’s drive from Split and provides the perfect day trip destination for lovers of lakeside strolls and gently cascading waterfalls. Skradinski Buk waterfall is the main attraction around these parts, although boat trips out to Visovac Island monastery always run a very close second. Elsewhere in Krka National Park, holiday makers will find the medieval ruins of Kamicak Castle as well as some fantastic hiking trails. The sign posted Brnjica trail along the course of the Cikola River is especially worthwhile.

If you’re heading out for a day trip to Krka National Park, it’s certainly a good idea to remember your hiking boots and your swimming costume. Swimming spots can be found around the foot of the Skradinski Buk waterfall and there’s also a relatively challenging 90min walking trail that leads in a loop around the local area. Alternatively, if you’re more inclined to stay dry, take a drive up to the Visovac viewpoint. This observation deck provides panoramas over the lake and features a footpath down to the heritage centre that sits close to the dock ferrying pilgrims to the Visovac Monastery.

Boat trips in Krka National Park will take you across to Visovac Island that’s situated in the centre of the lake. It’s a pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon with time allowed on the island inviting opportunities to visit the Franciscan monastery and find out more in the island museum. You’ll also get to see another of Krka National Park’s most famous waterfalls as the boat passes through the Medu Gredama Canyon on route to the multi-tiered Roski slap waterfall.

The flight time from the UK to Split in Croatia is around two hours and 30 minutes. From there you’re just an hour’s drive to Krka National Park.

You don’t need a visa to visit Krka National Park in Croatia from the UK as long as you stay for less than 90 days. Visit GOV UK for entry requirements to Croatia or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.

Krka National Park is fairly mild all year round with the hottest temperatures taking place during July and August. Autumn’s a nice time to go for a hike when the oak trees are changing colour. Winters can be wet with lots of cloud cover.

Croatia is on Central European Time and therefore one hour ahead of the UK.

Croatian is the official language of Croatia although the museums and restaurants around Krka National Park will have English speaking staff.

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