National Park Krka
National Park Krka is the closest national park to Split which makes it a perfect one day tour to escape the city streets and get lost in the unspoiled natural beauty of Krka. On our Krka tour from Split we bring you closer the area known as Skradinski buk, widely recognized as the most beautiful landscape of Krka national park.
Explore Skradinski Buk – A Stunningly Beautiful Travertine Waterfall System
The countryside of Dalmatia in Croatia is full of natural wonders just like the coastal area. One of the most remarkable is Skradinski buk, a waterfall system with travertine formations spreading over 800 meters in length. It is the top attraction of Krka National Park, named after the river which flows through it. If you are having a holiday in Split, you should seize the opportunity to take a tour to the Park and visit the breathtaking waterfall system. There is a lot to see and do there.
Amazing Travertine Formations
Skradinski buk is the result of a unique combination of natural phenomena. Scientists have discovered that the travertine formations shaping the waterfall system are the result of Cikola River flowing into Krka River at Roski Slap, a spectacular waterfall itself. The water flows through the rocks at a great speed, picking up small amounts of calcium carbonate. When the flow slows down, the particles are deposited to create the travertine formations.
From one end of Skradinski buk to the other, the distance is just 800 meters, while the width is around 300 meters on average. Within this not particularly big area there are 17 marvelous waterfalls. It is possible to divide the system roughly into two sections.
The upper section has intricate travertine barriers and draperies and it’s simply amazing to see how the water has found its way through them and the thick vegetation. There are also small travertine islands which are more than alluring. The lower section is dotted with caves and tufts which are particularly picturesque. Because of the calcium carbonate and the microorganisms living in the system, the shades of the water couldn’t be more diverse. They range from deep blue and dark green to turquoise.
The best part is that you can explore this amazing attraction of Krka National Park up close and personal. There is a walking trail, enabling you to explore it fully. The round trip takes about an hour. You will surely enjoy every step of the short route, full of picture-perfect spots. Make sure that you have enough battery power to take an unlimited number of photos.
Flora and Fauna
The lush vegetation makes Skradinski buk even more spectacular. If you visit the attraction in the fall, you will be mesmerized by the plethora of colors of the foliage. During the warm months of the year, the area is steaming with life.
The colorful dragonflies are abundant, taking advantage of the food in the small pools of water. There are also some gorgeous butterfly species in the area. If you look closely at the water, you can spot green frogs and sometimes even small water snakes, which aren’t dangerous. When you are at a quieter spot around the waterfalls, you will hear the songs of the birds which are both cheerful and relaxing. If you look up in the sky, you may spot a hawk looking for prey.
What to do in Skradinski buk?
There is a welcoming pool formed at the lower end of Skradinski buk. It’s one of the most popular swimming spots in the local area when the weather is hot and sunny. Swimming in the crystal waters is a great way to get cooler before you visit another interesting attraction – the site of the first hydroelectric powerplant in Croatia, which started operating in 1895 and is now a precious relic.
There are fully restored traditional watermills along the shores of the river around the waterfall system. There you can see how they’ve worked using the power of the water for hundreds of years. The Ethno Village will welcome you not only with unique displays showing you the lifestyle of the local people from centuries ago, but also with great restaurants and shops. The taste of the food and wine served in this unique setting is even more vivid and memorable. Shopping is always fun, especially when you can buy a traditional souvenir to take home. A cultural show with original folk music and dance could be the pinnacle of a day well-spent.
When is the best time to visit Skradinski buk?
The simple answer is: anytime. The cascading water is most spectacular after major rainfalls in the autumn and spring. During the summer, on the other hand, you can take a dip into the natural pool at the end of the waterfall system.
More to See
As a part of our private tour to Krka national park, because there is no time limitation, we can reveal to you more of Krka national park.
The Krka River canyon is exceptionally picturesque and deserves your full attention. Roski slap is another popular waterfall in the park which is interesting to explore. It is 22-meters high and has numerous smaller cascades. Visovac Island has been home to a monastery and a church since the middle of the 15th century. Surrounded by present blue waters, it is picture-perfect. It is a terrific place to explore, even if you are not on a pilgrimage like many of the other visitors.