Swimming in the shadow of the waterfalls in Krka National Park, Croatia

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.

Outside the main gate to the city centre
Through the streets of Trogir
Along the outside part of the old town
In front of the main beach. We didn’t stay long enough to go swimming
Nice clear water–we’ll be back someday

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.

On the way to the main part of town
Sibenik Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage Site
Beautiful old architecture
Wandering the streets of Sibenik
The washing lines going across the street just made the scene
Where to go next?

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.

The first of the waterfalls

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.

Checking out the fish
Other waterfalls along the trail
Still more
Watch out for snakes!
The main falls area from above

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!

The swimming area from a distance. We couldn’t wait to get down there

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.

I’m in the middle with a cap on and my back turned
Getting as close as I can. I’m near the middle leaning against the rope
Waving to the camera. It was as close as I could get to the falls

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.

You can see the large rock formations just under the surface of the water as I try to get through them
Coming back
Almost out
Kim’s turn
Relaxing on the rocks
Out again, almost time to go
Time to head back

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.

2 thoughts on “Swimming in the shadow of the waterfalls in Krka National Park, Croatia

  1. Krka is wonderful ❤ I sometimes feel bad everybody goes to National Park Plitvice, because I find Krka prettier – but then again, maybe it's for the better. Less crowded in Krka 😀

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    1. Yes is is! We wanted to visited Plitvice but it didn’t fit our schedule so we’ll make the trip next time, but we were very happy at Krka. Although Krka was busy the photos I’ve seen of Plitvice look busier so I agree with you there!

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