Krka National Park
Seven Magnificent Waterfalls of Krka National Park, The Most Beautiful Blue Lines of Dalmatian Karst
It is more than 30 years of existence of the Krka National Park (Official page of Krka National Park). This National Park has become a recognizable Croatian destination not only for Croatian guests but also for foreign tourists especially if you are near Sibenik, Vodice, Zadar, Split or Trogir.
The Krka National Park consists of seven magnificent waterfalls: Bilusic Buk, Brljan, Manojlovac, Rosnjak, Miljacka, Roski waterfall and Skradinski Buk.
Krka is a natural picture book with countless different picturesque pages that changes its temperament several times from the calm and lake river to the powerful river at the canyons. The main phenomenon of the Krka National Park is the limestone that shaped all seven magnificent waterfalls.
What to see in Krka National Park
Krka river springs near Knin, and it resulted of larger streams, passing through Knin field and flows into the canyon which follows Krka by most of the river flow. Only 16 km downstream from Knin Krka creates its first waterfall Bilusic Buk which is over 20 meters high.
This waterfall is the most beautiful in the spring when all are blooming. Only 2 km downstream from Bilusic Buk, Krka is expanding into the Lake Coric. The water of the lake spills over a waterfall Brljan only when the water level is high, i.e. most often during or after rainy weather. The height of this waterfall is about 15.5 meters and is surrounded by lush vegetation and small pastures.
By this canyon over the waterfall crosses the road from ancient times, as evidenced by the remains of the Roman Burnum camp, which you can see if you go by the Knin – Kistanje road.
The Roman camp was located in the area of present-day village Ivosevci. It was built in the 1st century AD, and today are visible remains of arches that belonged to the military headquarters building. Beautiful inscription from the 76th / 77th which stood at the front of the southern entrance to the amphitheater and clearly confirms the donation of Emperor Vespasian.
Manojlovac waterfall is the highest and one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the river Krka. The waterfall has a total height of 59.6 meters, the length of the waterfall is about 500 meters, and a width is about 80 meters. Once the visitor sees this waterfall will carry it in his memory as one of the most impressive natural beauty. It is a pity that the waterfall in the summer time, such as a waterfall Brljan dried because of the taking its water by nearby hydroelectric reservoirs. It is difficult to get to this slope because there are no well-equipped hiking trails, but how much of it is bad at the same time is so good because of that its beauty still remains undisturbed.
Deeply hidden in untouched nature lies the Rosnjak waterfall. This is also the lowest waterfall in the National Park, which is only 8.4 meters high. This is the only waterfall where there are no mills due to the inaccessibility of approaching to the waterfall. If you visit the National Park in the summer, you’ll not see the Rosnjak waterfall, such as the previous two, and this one dries up during the great heat of summer.
On the left bank of the river Krka, at the foot of the waterfalls, there is a hydro power plant “Miljacka”, which is the largest on the river Krka and because of which the waterfall named Miljacka. This waterfall consists of three larger and numerous smaller travertine stairs total height of 23.8 meters
Krka has many mills, but those at the Roski waterfall are the most attractive in the Dalmatian hinterland. These watermills are a monument of traditional architecture, and those that have been renovated can demonstrate you the old crafts in Dalmatia.
In this part, you’ll certainly find one of the most beautiful pedestrian paths that are eight and a half kilometers long and where you can experience the Krka National Park in its full magnificence.
The Ozidjana cave is located just above the Roski waterfall and is a true prehistoric locality. This cave hides traces of human presence through a large collection from the Neolithic Age. You will reach Ozidjana Caves by climbing over 517 stairs over the steep rock.
One of the most visited waterfalls is Skradinski Buk. You can see this waterfall by walking through the circular net of wooden paths and bridges, next to which you will see the watermills with an ethnographic collection, and the remains of the Krka hydroelectric power plant, which was first in the world light up the city.
Skradinski Buk is the last, seventh waterfall on the river Krka. The increase of the sedimentary barrier of Skradinski Buk caused the lake in the river thus creating one of the most unusual and beautiful landscapes of the Krka National Park. The waterfall has over 17 stairs that are staggered at 800 meters of length where together overflowed waters of the river Krka and Cikola. The width of the slope is 200 to 400 meters with a maximum height of 45.7 meters. Across the Krka river was built wooden footpath and you need around 60 minutes to walk around. Here, as well as the Roski waterfall, you can see more restored watermills, some of which are furnished as souvenir shops or taverns, while others are converted into the exhibition of the ethnographic collection.
Where the Krka is peaceful and makes the lake, on the pearl of Croatian culture and heritage, a small Franciscan monastery with the Church of Our Lady of Mercy was built on a small island Visovac in 1445. This island belongs to the most important natural and cultural values of Croatia. Visovac is the island of peace and pray. The Franciscan monastery has a large archaeological collection, a collection of historical church dresses and pottery and a very rich library. On the island, by legends, the Franciscans brought with them the picture of Mother of God when they fled from the Turks from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and because of the great worship of Mother of God, the island is very often called the Lady’s Island.
Monastery of St. Archangel
In the center of Krka canyon lies the Monastery of St. Archangel, by which this spot was named Arandjelovac. This is one of the most important spiritual centers of the Orthodox Dalmatian Eparchy.
Monastery of St. Archangel is located in Carigrad Draga, in the middle of the canyon of the river Krka, and because of it, this part was named Arandjelovac.
It was built on the foundations of the old eremitical monastery and is one of the most important spiritual centers of the Orthodox Dalmatian Eparchy based in Sibenik.