Krka National Park is about a 2 hour drive from Zadar. The nearest town is Skradin, where boat trips to the park start. Driving fron Zadar, the E71-E65 road bridge over the river Krka has a spectacular view of the river. There is a parking area to the south side of the bridge so you can get out and enjoy the view of the river as it winds its way to the sea through a gorge cut deep into the limestone rock.
The valley of the Krka river runs through wooded mountains and the National Park area is protected from development. There is an entry cost which varies between high and low season. It includes the boat trip from Skradin. The park has exceptional biodiversity due to its lakes, marshland and woodland, and clean river water from the mountains. Migrating birds, bats, fish, reptiles and amphibians survive here as it is a large (109 square km) area of undisturbed habitat.
The park is famous for its beautiful waterfalls where the river Krka tumbles over limestone cliffs. There are easy footpaths to vantage points to see the waterfalls. Longer walking trails lead through the park and up the valley sides, with information aboout the wildlife yyou are likely to see. People swim in sheltered sections of the river when conditions are safe - not too much water flow.
The adundant water power was formerly used to power mills and industry. There is a museum which sometimes has live demonstrations of flour milling, weaving and blacksmithing from the 19th century. A peaceful little Church of St Nicholas was surrounded by flowers in spring.
There is a restaurant and a gift shop. The park is beautiful, with the walking trails and the museum it's worth planning a whole day there and maybe taking a picnic, and a swimsuit in hot weather.
Written by Jenny Fowler.
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