This national park located in central Dalmatia takes its name from the Krka River. It is found just a short distance away from the city of Sibenik. The park was created in order to protect the Krka River and for visitors to be able to participate in cultural, recreational, and educational activities.
There are 860 species of plants. The Krka River is home to 18 species of fish including brown trout, Visovac trout, Adriatic salmon and the Dalmatian Barbelgudgeon. Along the river in reeds and swamps visitors can find amphibians and birds and stone quarried and thickets are home to different kinds of reptiles. Tourists can view birds such as the osprey, short-toed eagle, golden eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, lanner falcon, the peregrine falcon, Eurasian eagle-owl. European bee-eater and griffon vulture. Among the mammals represented are 18 species of bats and the threatened European otter.
For visitors there are footpaths, sightseeing tours and presentations, boat trips, souvenir shops, a museum and restaurants. One can also see several archaeological remains of fortresses which date back to Roman times.
A most attractive part of this national park is Skradinski buk which is a huge clear, natural pool which at one end features high waterfalls and at the other end cascades. The second favorite attraction here is the Roski Slap which also has cascades and you need to take an excursion boat to reach it or a public road. There is Visovac Island founded during the reign of Louis I of Hungary and is home to the Roman Catholic Visovac Monastery. The monastery was founded by Franciscans in 1445 near Milijevci village. Another monastery is the Eastern Orthodox Monastery Krka which was founded in 1345. The island is reached by a boat tour from Skradinski buk.
The upper area of the waterfalls is heavily wooded and just lovely with hornbeam, cypress, poplar, oak, and willow trees. Here in the summer time visitors can also enjoy swimming and the beach like atmosphere found by the river. Visitors will also discover an area beyond the bridge where local women sell dried or fresh figs, almonds, olive oil, grape brandy and herb brandy. All either home grown or home made.
A must is a visit to Sibenik which is Croatia’s oldest native town on the coast. It grew from medieval times and spread out with interlocking houses and streets. The main feature of the town is the Cathedral of St. James built in Gothic style. Today this is a cultural and tourist center. For the last forty years Sibenik has hosted an annual International Children’s Festival where you can watch groups from around the world perform in the streets.