There is no place more scenic to swim in Croatia than Krka Falls.
Picnic on the rocks and float in turquoise waters to the sound of the famous Skradinski Buk cascading in the background.
Unlike Plitvice Lakes National Park, visitors are free to swim at Krka Falls.
It is well worthwhile to get up early and go for a dip as soon as the park is open, before the crowds arrive.
I took a day trip to the national park as part of my ten-day tour of Croatia which kickstarted in Dubrovnik.
I woke up bright and early to catch the 7am coach from Split direct to Krka Falls.
The journey took 1h30, was super easy and comfortable and cost just €11 via the getbybus website.
TIP: Although I was able to book onto a bus the day before my trip, the most popular time slots had sold out so I would recommend doing it a few days in advance!
We were dropped off at the roadside in Skradin, a little hamlet a few metres from the entrance to Krka Falls National Park.
I felt a little disorientated at first but it was easy enough to talk to locals who pointed me towards the gates which were further along the road.
At the ticket office, staff explained a boat would take us through the valley to the main waterfall. Who knew?! I was expecting to simply rock up and dive in!
The boat ride, which is included in the ticket price, lasts around 25 minutes and the falls are just a few minutes’ walk from the jetty when you arrive.
There are five entrances to Krka Falls National Park, with some only operating between April and October, so be sure to do your research if you are travelling outside of peak season.
The park covers 142 sq km, with seven waterfalls extending along the Krka river, and there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails and cycle routes.
Some areas are connected by excursion boats, while other sites in the Krka National Park can be reached by car.
Tips and Tricks
Get to Krka Fall National Park early to make the most of your day and enjoy the falls before the masses arrive.
You will not be able to paddle directly under the Skradinski Buk warerfall, which is roped off, but you can get close enough to feel the mist from its spray.
Bring sea shoes or flip flops to navigate the shallows of the rocky waterbed which is rough and very slippery in places.
Pack a picnic and plenty of liquids. Hot and cold food is available at the falls but as a big picnic fan, I say pack some snacks and plenty of fluids. Then enjoy at the end of a scenic hike ❤
How much does it cost?
Entry tickets to Krka Falls National Park cost 200 Kunas between July and August or 110 Kunas between April and June and during September and October.
This includes a scenic boat trip from Skradin or Lozovac to the waterfall bridge at Skradinski Buk.
From November until March, entry is just 30 Kunas but be aware there is no boat service during this period.
Tickets for children aged 7 – 18 cost 120 Kunas between July and August, 80 Kunas between April and June and during September and October, or just 20 Kunas from November to March.
Under sevens go free all year round.
For more information, visit the Krka Falls National Park official website.
Thanks again for following me on my journeys. I had a fantastic day at Krka Falls and hope I’ve left you convinced of its beauty!
Until next time,