The most famous national park in Croatia is Plitvice Lakes National Park, a 295 square km forest reserve with 16 terraced lakes joined by waterfalls.
I went to Plitvice Lakes in the summer of 2012, the first time I was in Croatia. It was an incredible experience, including a lovely walk, delicious traditional lunch and a couple boat rides. More about Plitvice Lakes here.
Shortly after I went to Plitvice, I heard about Krka National Park; Plitvice's smaller, less crowded and less popular cousin. Krka National Park is a 109 square km forest reserve with 7 terraced lakes and waterfalls.
Smaller yes, however I believe the major difference between the two is that you can swim in Krka National Park where you cannot at Plitvice.
Needless to say that I was very much looking forward to exploring and swimming in this park!
You can take day trips from Split and Zadar, the two closest major cities. I chose to take the bus on my own so that I wasn't going to show up at the same time as hundreds of people on several tour groups.
Krka National Park is open for visitors year round, and can be toured by water, by road or by foot on our many hiking trails. There are five official entrances to Krka National Park: Lozovac, Skradin, Roški slap, Burnum and Kistanje. Click here for pricing.
I took the bus to Skradin, and at the entrance bought a ticket to the park which included a boat ride to the beginning of the park.
There are various footpaths in Krka National Park for you to explore, plus a museum, restaurants, a monastery and more.
Make sure to look at bus schedules ahead of time as even in peak of summer the busses were limited, and because the boats from the entrance towns to the lakes are on a limited schedule as well you might be pressed for time at the park.
Alternatively, we can plan your trip to Croatia to include many unique experiences like swimming in Krka National Park, wine tasting in a UNESCO protected region, sailing, island hopping and so much more.
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