Krka Waterfalls! This is a must see if you go Croatia. The Krka Waterfalls are located directly between Zadar and Split. Which makes the falls a great stop if you are in the area. It’s the perfect place to hang out and cool off in the hot summer months that Croatia is known for.
Croatia can get hot! While I was there the heat reached well over 40 degrees Celcius (100-degrees Fahrenheit). And if you’re like me, who prefers to be near cool water when the temperature spikes, then the Krka waterfalls are an ideal place to cool off.
For my trip, I spent the night in Zadar, click here to read more about our Affordable Adventures in Zadar, and headed south the next morning on my way to Split with a little detour to the amazing waterfalls of Krka. It’s not very difficult to find as it is located in a national park with plenty of signs directing you to your destination.
I was on a road trip through Croatia so my partner and I took our car. However, if you are visiting Croatia without your own transport there are plenty of tours that can get you there. There are also buses that transport people the to the falls, which you can find here.
How to get there by car
I have a few tips for how to get to there if you have your own transportation. From Zadar to Krka it’s less than an hour by car and is a total of 76.9 km in distance. Note that when you get on and off freeways in Europe there is a toll. The same goes for this destination. From Zadar to the Krka Waterfalls the toll was about € 6 (45 kunas). We passed the toll and followed the signs to the falls.
As I approached the town there was a young man guiding me into a parking lot. I didn’t realize it at the time but you can park in and around the town for free. You do not have to use this parking lot. The pros are your car is monitored the whole time (not that it’s a dangerous area… but still a pro) and will you may be able to find shade to park under while you are away.
The cons are that you have to pay € 10 for all-day parking and you must pay the all-day fee. €10 all day? Ok, that’s not bad. But what I didn’t realize was that I could park my car a little closer to my destination and it’s free. It wasn’t until after I paid and began to walk in the town that I realized there was free parking in the surrounding area.
Oh well, live and learn.
You have to walk through the town to reach the ticket stand where they sell boat tickets to reach the falls. The round-trip ticket costs approximately € 25 per person. The boat runs every 30 minutes and brings you there are back whenever you like. The first boat departs from the town at 8:00 or 9:00 am depending if it’s high or low season; the last boat departs from the falls at 20:00 (8:00 pm). You can check out the park’s site here.
Note: You should know that there is a restaurant at the falls but it is cheaper to stop at the many small markets on the way to the ticket stand and grab snacks and drinks for your stay at the falls.
The park not only consists of the waterfalls but there are also several kilometers of paths you can walk around to see the river, the many species of plant life and other natural sights. Additionally, there is a small restaurant with a large menu of food if you plan to stay all day. There are also a few stands where you can purchase a granita, some yummy crepes, ice cream or even a souvenir stand with hats, blankets and anything else you may have forgotten to bring.
What to Pack
What you should bring:
- Water Shoes – this is very important! Like most of Croatia, there are many rock/ pebble beaches and these beautiful destinations have some sharp edges in and out of the water. I can’t recommend this enough, your time there will be less fun without them.
- Beach blanket – something comfortable to relax on while you’re not splashing in the water.
- Comfortable walking shoes – this place has a lot of dirt and stone. I wouldn’t wear flip-flops.
- Cash – as I mentioned before there is a restaurant on site as well as ice cream, pancakes, and crepes and souvenir stands.
- Goggles – this is optional of course but I love being able to dive in and see the floor of the river where all the fish live.
- Camera – trust me you’re going to want to document this.
Here is a free downloadable packing list for summer fun!
The Boat Ride
The boat ride to the falls is about 20 minutes and once you arrive there is about a 5-minute walk to the falls. Keep in mind this is a national park so not only do people travel here for the beautiful waterfalls but there is an entire route to hike throughout the area.
The waterfalls are the only place you can swim and since it was such a hot day hiking was the last thing we wanted to do. So we mostly stay in the water. I recommend you get to the fall as early as possible. On days like these everyone flocks to the water to cool off so it gets very busy very quickly, make sure to arrive as early as possible to beat the madness that the hot summer days bring.
That’s everything you need to know about getting to and enjoying the Krka Waterfalls! Have any questions? Comment below.