Explore the splendor of the Krka National Park: your ultimate guide to its breathtaking scenery and unique ecosystems!

Did you know that Croatia boasts eight national parks, each with its unique charm and natural beauty? Among them, the Krka National Park stands out as a crown jewel. Located in the heart of Croatia’s breathtaking landscape, Krka is a natural masterpiece renowned for its cascading waterfalls and serene rivers, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. 

Each waterfall in the Krka National Park has its own character, combining power and beauty in its flow. The sound of water cascading over rocks is a constant companion as you explore the lush surroundings. It’s more than just a park – it’s a place where you can witness nature’s artistry at work and find a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Ideal for both one-day and extended visits, Krka National Park is a heaven for nature lovers and anyone looking to spend time in a spectacular natural setting.

As you plan your visit to the enchanting Krka National Park Croatia, it’s important to be well-prepared. In the following sections, you’ll find all the necessary information to ensure your trip is as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. From tips on getting there, accommodation options, to activities and guided tours available, we’ve got you covered for your adventure in this natural Croatian wonder!

Exploring the natural beauty of the Krka National Park

Exploring the Krka National Park, you’ll encounter a diverse range of plant life, with numerous unique plants creating a rich canopy. The park’s wildlife is equally diverse, hosting a variety of endemic, rare, and endangered species, including freshwater cave snails, pseudoscorpions, isopods, polychaetes, olms, and crickets. Krka is also a habitat for small mammals, birds, insects, and a variety of fish in its clean waters.

Where is Krka National Park?

Krka national park is located in the central Dalmatian region, which is renowned for its unique natural beauty and cultural heritage. It’s nestled along the Krka River, which meanders through the rugged Dalmatian landscape. The nearest major city is Šibenik, located about 15 kilometers from the park. Another significant city near Krka National Park is Split, approximately 80 kilometers away. 

Getting to Krka National Park

Reaching Krka National Park is convenient with various transport options, especially from nearby Croatian cities. From Šibenik, the closest city, it’s just a 20-30 minute drive or a 30-45 minute bus journey. From Split, about 80 kilometers away, you can drive in around 1 hour and 15 minutes, or take a slightly longer bus ride. Zadar, at a similar distance, offers comparable travel times.

For those coming from Zagreb, it’s a 3-4 hour drive, with regular buses running to Šibenik, then a local bus to the park. Additionally, there are plenty of organized excursions available for visitors preferring guided tours over independent travel. These tours often include transportation, making the trip to Krka National Park both accessible and convenient. If you are staying at Camping Village Šimuni, you can even book an excursion and spend a day in the park. 

Tickets for Krka National Park

Krka National Park tickets can be purchased online, with regular adult prices ranging from 5 to 7 euros, depending on the time of year and specific areas of the park you wish to visit. Children, as well as students, can get tickets for around 4 euros. For more detailed information on ticket prices, what’s included, and to purchase tickets, you can visit the Krka National Park Webshop.

Must-visit spots within Krka National Park

Skradinski Buk

skradinski buk

Skradinski Buk, the last and longest tufa barrier on the Krka River, is a standout feature in Krka National Park and the longest in Europe. Visitors can explore this unique waterfall and its surroundings via a 1900-meter circular trail. The site also includes the historical Krka hydroelectric plant from 1895, a pioneer in using electrical energy for city power, enhancing the site’s historical significance.

Roški Slap

roški slap

Roški Slap in Krka National Park features a 22.5-meter-high main waterfall and numerous smaller cascades, resembling a ‘necklace’. The site is known for its natural beauty and historical elements like restored water mills and ancient pathways. Its varied landscape draws visitors eager to experience the blend of Croatia’s natural and cultural heritage.


Visovac Island is home to the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac, established in 1445. The monastery houses an impressive collection of archaeological artifacts, historical church garments and vessels, and a rich library with valuable books and incunabula, underscoring its importance in Croatian heritage.

Outdoor activities in Krka National Park

When planning to visit Krka, many people wonder, ‘Can you swim in Krka National Park?’ Due to ecological protection efforts, swimming is now prohibited near the popular Skradinski Buk area. However, the park still offers designated swimming areas in less crowded locations. These locations not only allow for a refreshing swim but also provide excellent opportunities to capture some stunning Krka National Park photos, showcasing the park’s natural beauty and serene landscapes.

Guided Tours within Krka National Park

Guided tours in Krka National Park are favored for their convenience, as they handle all transport needs and provide a stress-free experience. However, they follow set itineraries, which might limit personal exploration and can feel hurried, especially in popular, crowded areas.

Accommodation near Krka National Park

When visiting Krka National Park, besides the variety of accommodation options in nearby towns like Skradin, Lozovac, and Drniš, the park also caters to organized groups. Accommodations are available for study visits, fieldwork, congresses, and other cultural, scientific, educational, or volunteer programs.

The prices for these services are detailed in the park’s price list, ensuring groups can comfortably stay and participate in their programs while enjoying the park’s natural beauty. For a different kind of experience, consider camping in one of the nearby areas — this offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature while being close to the park’s attractions.

Make the most of your visit to Croatia

Planning a visit to Krka National Park? Consider enhancing your experience by staying at Camping Village Šimuni, where you can arrange a guided tour to fully immerse yourself in the park’s beauty and history. This flexibility allows you to take a day trip to explore the park’s highlights or plan an extended weekend getaway to delve deeper into its wonders.

For more information, visit our homepage or contact us through our contact form. Create unforgettable memories during your stay in Šimuni and explore the breathtaking Krka National Park. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of Croatia’s most picturesque regions!