Krka National Park is one of the biggest attractions on the Dalmatian coast, where Krka lake flows over
a long series of waterfalls, known as Skradinski buk, towards the Adriatic at Sibenik. It's about halfway
between Split and Zadar, only an hour's drive from the latter.
I spent a very enjoyable afternoon here wandering in the lush eden of rivers, forests and wildlife.
The park itself was easy to find, and there's a bus takes you down to the falls from the car park as
part of your entrance ticket. You can also take a boat up the lake to see Visovac Monastery on its island,
but unfortunately I didn't have time.
There is a series of low wooden walkways which take you in a meandering route across the main area of
The Krka river was teeming with fish, these ones apparently sitting still as they swim against the current.
I guess they were waiting for something tasty to float their way.
It took me a while to finally spot one of these very noisy frogs amongst all the greenery, as their
camouflage is so good.
Bright blue dragonflies float around the reeds.
Small step waterfall. This series of falls is the longest in Croatia.
I photographed these medium falls using a long exposure, to try to get that smooth blur effect of fast
Falls getting larger and larger the further downstream I go.
Finally they hit the lowest point, although this is just one in a great sweep of falls.
The surrounding area was all lush dense forest, but only within the canyon itself. Outside it was the
regular, much drier scrubland of Croatia.
Swimmers taking a break by the main falls of Skradinski buk.
The Krka waterfalls in all of their glory.
There were a lot of people swimming around, if only I'd brought my own swim gear. At least I was able
to get some really nice shots.
Houses and shops on the opposite bank to the falls.
A small church further up the hill, back towards the bus stop.
I was surprised to learn that this was the site of the world's second commercial hydroelectric
power plant, Jaruga, brought online in 1895. The first started production only weeks earlier, at
This turbine remains as a monument to the innovation.
Parts of the waterfall flow right past these buildings, seemingly kept out only by the perimeter walls.
I was able to get a number of good shots from this handy walkway, built for the punters to get the best
An old man takes in the view, with sensible and ergonomic "umbrella hat" sun precautions.