While staying in Split we did a day tour to some of the surrounding areas of south-central Croatia. The main destination was Krka National Park, a beautiful 100 square kilometer site located on the Krka river. This is the place where you can go swimming while getting close to the waterfalls.
On the way to Krka National Park we stopped by the town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the 3rd century B.C. by Greek colonists from a nearby island, Trogir is a small but very picturesque town located on the Dalmatian coast. It only took 15 minutes or so to circle around the outside of the walled city core, but the clear water and medieval buildings made us want to return there someday. We stayed in nearby Split for a week, but a few days in quieter Trogir would have been a nice change.
We moved on to Sibenik, a town close to Krka falls. Sibenik is larger than Trogir but shares a lot of the beautiful medieval charm. We stayed only for about an hour but enjoyed our time there.
By early afternoon we were off to Krka to see the park and the falls. Although a fair distance from Split, the park was very close to Sibenik.
Before doing the boardwalk around the park, there was a small section with traditional buildings showing how people lived hundreds of years ago. It included a traditional house, mill and some farm buildings.
After checking out the buildings we started on the boardwalk trail. It took a roundabout path through streams and various waterfalls before eventually circling around to the main falls. It was a nice walk even though the boardwalk was crowded.
It was a hot day so the opportunity to jump into the cool water was too much to pass up. We had done the waterfall trail; now it was time to do the waterfall!
There wasn’t really a single place to enter the water–you could enter anywhere, though you had to be careful to avoid exposed roots and muddy areas. It was a popular spot with lots of people in the water enjoying the waterfall view.
Moving around in the water wasn’t easy because of the slippery rocky formations just under much of the water. They were very uneven and you had to climb and pull yourself over them.
Krka was a beautiful place. The highlight of the day was swimming near the falls, the perfect finish to a hot day going through the region of Dalmatia.