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  • Day15

    Day 15 - Krka National Park

    August 18 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We had a wonderful sleep had with air conditioning, but the alarm went off at 6.15am so we could beat the crowds getting into Krka National Park.

    After showers, we put what we had been told was milk in our coffee & on our honey Cheerios. It was liquid yoghurt which sank to the bottom of our coffee & pooled in a puddle in our cereal. The mystery of why my milk plopped whilst camping has now been solved. We were buying drinkable yoghurt, it seems that the Croats only have UHT milk or yoghurt.

    We abandoned our breakfast & headed out, first to the bakery for a meat pasty each, then to the Krka National Park ticket office to buy our Park tickets funnily enough. Our tickets qualified us for the boat ride from Skradin to Skradinski Buk inside the National Park. We were told we had to buy additional tickets inside the Park for the boat trips that start at 10.00am.

    Krka National Park is described as ‘109km sq of the loveliest section of the Krka River including it’s seven waterfalls. The national park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems’.

    We were on the 8.00am boat that was the first departure of the day. Twenty minutes later we arrived at an empty Skradinski Buk & wandered around getting our bearings. The signs that were apparently also in English were sporadic to virtually non existent.

    We found the ticket office for the boat trips just after 9.00am & bought our tickets for our chosen 4 hour round boat trip. Only then were we informed that the 1st boat wouldn’t be leaving until 11.00am, the same starting time it had been for the last couple of months.

    With an extra hour now on our hands, we decided to walk the entire trail around Skradinski Buk, which was mainly on a raised wooden walkway over a series of small waterfalls & vivid blue & green pools. There were lots of fish, snakes & the obligatory heron. It was very pleasant & eerily quiet. We weren’t sure where everyone had gone. Maybe we were missing something. Needless to say, I took loads of photos.

    The walkway took us around in a big loop passing the spectacular main waterfall at Skradinski Buk where people were now starting to gather in significant numbers. Despite many signs up displaying the Park rules including ‘No Swimming’, people were now stripping off & wading out into the water.

    We continued on through the Park to where our boat was due to depart. On the quayside it was chaos. People were gathering for several different trips, but no queues were forming because no-one knew where to wait. To make matters worse some people hadn’t got their tickets yet & were sent to the ticket office 400 metres back down the path.

    We jostled & harried & eventually boarded the correct boat & got a pair seat on one side. It was a pleasant 30 minute boat ride up the Krka River to Visovac Island and it’s Monastery. Visovac Monastery, is part of the Franciscan Province of the Most Holy Redeemer based in Split. It is the home to 3 monk elders & 5 student monks, who were there for a year to learn & decide if they wanted to be monks for the rest of their lives.

    We first visited the museum, where most notably they had on display the world’s smallest book. The book pages are only 3.5mm x 3.5mm & contain the prayer ‘Our
    Father’ in seven different languages. There were also broken relics & photos from 1991 showing the destruction of Catholic Religious objects in central Croatia caused by Serbian rebels & the so called Yugoslavian Army.

    We then visited the church with it’s unusual 2 alters & heard the monks teaching in a room in the vaulted ceiling. Jackie lit a candle for her mum.

    We returned to the boat for the cruise continuation up to Roški slap, also called the 'vast waterfall'. It is made up of a 22.5 m high main waterfall and countless backwaters, cascades and travertine islands. Sadly it was more of a dribble.

    The boat stopped for us to disembark & after lunch of crisps & water, we took the 25 minutes educational trail, once we actually found out where it started. I’m not sure how they could describe it as educational, it was just a trail in a loop around the backwaters.

    Halfway round, we came across a series of wooden steps leading up to Ozidana Pecina Cave. The sign advised that there were 517 steps to reach the cave. Jackie chose not to, but I was going to get my money’s worth. I zoomed up, overtaking many people on the way & reached the badly lit cave. It was just 59 metres in length, 7 metres wide & 2.5 metres in height. I managed to bang my head on the ceiling.

    The views looking at the top were incredible, but fearing time was getting on I raced back down the 517 steps. I arrived at the bottom a very soggy mess to meet a very anxious Jackie, fretting that the boat would leave without us. We walk/jogged around the rest of the trail & were the last 2 people to board.

    The hour boat ride took us back to Skradinski Buk, where we were horrified to see a mass of people, including Brits who had turned up on tour buses. So much for it being an unaltered area of exceptional natural value. It seems money talks!

    It was time for us to leave, so we returned to the dock just in time for the next boat back to Skradin. It had been a nice day in Krka NP, but I don’t think it would have been the same experience if we had gone later & encountered all the crowds. The information & signposting was shambolic, mainly non existent or just wrong. We felt it was also overpriced, £25 entrance fee & £15 boat trip each.

    We stopped for a beer on the way back to our digs & Cherry’s husband gave me some fresh figs & blackberries he had foraged locally. That evening we went to Evala Restaurant where Jackie had the mussels & pom frites, whilst I had a meat plate for one, which included pork neck. Another good meal.

    Shattered, we returned to our balcony to finish the sherry & I think we we asleep just after 8.30pm making the most of a proper bed.

    Song of the Day : River by Josh Groban.
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  • Day129

    Skradin and Krka National Park

    October 26, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We have once again returned to Skradin and Krka National Park. We visited here three years ago and knew we had to return to this stunning little village nestled on the banks of the Krka River. (Apparently Bill Gates favorite holiday location)Read more

  • Day130


    October 27, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Our Airbnb in Skradin is just beautiful and our lovely hosts have welcomed us as friends - we do not want to leave this perfect place.

  • Day26

    krka National park

    July 13, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Early start again to catch the boat so we could hike up through the Krka National Park at Skradin. Very beautiful again but very very hot today. The water flowed at an enormous pace. Old flower mill at one of the falls. Spectacular scenery again. In the afternoon we then drove up to the top of the park to see the upper falls. The town of Skradin is on the lake and such a beautiful place. This is our last day in Croatia.Read more

  • Day26

    Travelling north west Croatia

    July 13, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Spent a couple of days travelling around the Istrian peninsular. Visited some very old medieval cities. And then back down the coast to Skadin.

  • Day40

    Krka National Park

    October 9, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today we woke up at 6:00 in the morning and drove to Krka National Park. Once we got to Krka we took a ferry to the waterfalls. We did a 2 km walk around the park to look at many different sized waterfalls. At the beginning of the walk we came across a stand. The stand was selling lots of snacks like nuts, figs, candied orange peel and candied almonds. We got to try some of them but we decided to get some candied almonds. They were so good. We went on a bridge that had an amazing view of the waterfalls. There were a lot of little fish in the water. Some of the fish were the size of sardines and some larger fish were the size of 3 sardines. At one of the look out points there was an adorable little orange kitten. During the walk we saw a mill stone grinding corn flower. After the waterfalls we went to a different place to eat lunch. After lunch we walked up 517 stairs to a cave that people lived in for 8000 years. While walking down the steps, we saw a giant grasshopper and a praying mantis. We then drove to some military training ruins but on the way we came across an olive grove so we decided to pick some but when Sophie and Daddy tried them they had to spit them out the window. I threw mine out the window before trying them. In the ruins there was an amphitheater that had 4 entrances. From the ruins we drove for around 5 minutes to get to an arch from 1 AD. Me and Sophie climbed on them. They were very cool.

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    Aujourd’hui on a lever très tôt pour conduire à Krka. Quand on est arrivé on a embarqué sur un bateau quand le bateau est arrivé au chute d’eau tous que je pouvais entendre été les chute. C'était vraiment beau on a marcher autour du parc et on a vue beaucoup de chutes. On a aussi acheter des amandes confites il était très bon .Puis on est allés à une grottes ou des personnes vivait dans pour 8000 ans. Pour rendre au grottes nous avons grimpé 517 escalier. On est aller dedans et on a vue des stalactites et des stalagmites.Puis on a conduit à des ruines de camp militaire c’était vraiment cool. Puis on a conduit à des arches que moi et Sophie on grimper desu.
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  • Day5

    Day 5: Sibenik to Skradin to krka np

    April 30, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Up at 6am (hurrah!) for a 3 mile walk around Sibenik. Up hill, and lovely view from the top.
    Very jolly breakfast with Jenny, Christine, Jill and Pauline. Chatting about the royal opera house in Covent Garden.
    Set sail at 9am for Skradin arrive 10.30

    Lunch at 12.30

    Dinner at 7 with the captain.
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  • Day31

    Krka NP: Skradinski Buk

    May 16, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Da unser Campground 🏕 nicht die versprochene fussläufige Anbindung zum Nationalpark hergibt, haben wir gestern bei schönsten Wetter (es hat nicht geregnet 😉) rumgegammelt. Heute morgen wurden wir von einem Gewitter ⛈ geweckt. Wir packten mal wieder alles schnell zusammen und schlossen unser Dach und dann hockten wir da, gefangen in unserem Van 🚐. Draußen schüttet es aus Eimern und das Wasser stieg mal wieder an. Hatten wir gerade ein Dejavu 🤔 ... wir kochten uns erstmal nen Kaffee ☕️ und Tee und warteten ab. Als er kurzweilig etwas weniger regnete packten wir unser Stromkabel ein und rasten zum Checkout.

    Wir fingen an zu überlegen, ob wir den Krka Nationalpark doch links liegen lassen sollten. Erneut einen Park mit Wasserfällen im Regen muss nicht sein. Wie wir so am überlegen sind, wird es allmählich heller und der Regen 🌧 wurde weniger. Wir versuchen es doch .... nicht nur wir hatten diese Idee, auch die vielen Reisebusse 🚌🚐🚌🚐 die in Schlange am Eingang standen.

    Da der Nationalpark sehr zerklüftet ist und über diverse Eingänge verfügt, war unser heutiger erster Stopp, der bekannteste und meist besuchte Teil der sogenannte „Skardinski Buk“ ein Boardwalk und der größte Wasserfall in diesem Park. Die Natur war sehr beeindruckend und das Wasser mal wieder sagenhaften klar. Hin und wieder hörte man Frösche 🐸 quaken und bis auf kreischende Selfie-Jäger, auch sehr friedlich. Durch die Wassermassen zuvor waren teilweise die Wege überflutet und manche Aussichtspunkte nur mit klettern erreichbar. So hatten wir den ein oder anderen Platz sogar für uns alleine 😜.

    Im ersten Moment, nach der Runde auf dem Boardwalk und dem Highlight, der riesige über mehrere Ebenen fliesende Wasserfall, waren wir enttäuscht. Für 30,- € Eintritt haben wir eigentlich mehr erwartet. Gerade fing es auch mal wieder an zu regnen und Stimmung war im Keller 😤 ... irgendwie haben wir nach den Plitvicer Seen deutlich mehr erwartet.

    Nach einem Blick auf unseren Map vom Park 🗺 und einem Blick in den Himmel 🙄 entschieden wir doch noch einen weiteren Stopp 🛑 am Roški Slap einzulegen. Also rein in Finn 🚐💨 und gut 30 Kilometer und etwa 50 Minuten fahren lagen vor uns.

    Folgt uns gerne auch auf Instagram #finnweltenbummler
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  • Day24

    Zlarin - Skradin

    June 22, 2007 in Croatia ⋅ 32 °C

    Am Morgen laden uns Christoph und Maria zur Besichtigung ihres Appartement-Hauses ein. Danach zeigen sie uns noch ihr Haus am Hafen, das Christoph vor ein paar Jahren erwerben konnte. Ein Schmuckstück direkt am Hafen. So nebenbei für Insider, Maria ist die Cousine von Martin Nellen auf der Riederalp.
    Wir verabschieden uns und legen mit Ziel SKRADIN ab. Zuerst geht es durch einen Kanal in die Bucht von SIBENIK, eine alte geschichtsträchtige Stadt. Danach den Fluss KRKA, unter Brücken und durch enge Schluchten 9sm hinauf nach Sibenik. Dort legen wir in der ACI Marina an, da alle Ankerplätze belegt sind. Es ist drückend heiss. Hier baden wir zuerst ein wenig im Süsswasser und leisten uns dann im Restaurant "Skala" ein Nachtessen. Hier verwickeln wir uns wieder in ein Gespräch mit einem Ehepaar aus Köln. ( Meistens ist Louis
    der Auslöser! )
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Skradin, Горад Скрадзін, Скрадин, سکرادین, Скрадін, 斯克拉丁

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