A day trip from Split to Krka National Park by car, believe it or not, will be a memorable excursion to natural heritage of Krka river marvels.
Day tour from Split to Krka NP, which is located in Sibenik County, is a popular route for those wishing to appreciate the scenery and exclusive natural beauty of Krka waterfalls.
A nearby Krka National Park waterfalls renowned for their natural beauties, is an relaxing day excursion from Split summer heat or as a valuable alternative in case of a day or two of unpredictable rain.
I agree with you that the more famous Plitvice National Park is a must-see, but the Krka river is a worthy replacement for them, if not for the other reasons, then because of its vicinity.
This natural phenomena is an unique place interlaced with seven waterfalls, medieval fortresses, archeological localities, water mills, sacral monasteries, a hundred caves, all enhanced by with many endemic, rare and threatened fauna and flora species (860 species recorded so far).
Krka National Park was established in 1985. The 142 sq km Krka National Park follows the line of the Krka river, from its source near Knin town in the Dinara mountains on its short journey through the dramatic karst landscape to its finish in the Adriatic sea near Sibenik, forming Prokljansko lake.
The total length of the river is 72.5 km. Download a copy of Krka National Park map with distances from main towns, excursions and main entrances to the park.
Driving from Split to Krka NP
The journey from Split to Krka National Park should take from little more than 1 hour and up to 1:30 depending on which route you take.
If you decide to take a longer but quicker road via Dugopolje (87 km) and highway A1 to Lozovac you journey will last less than an hour. See the Google map bellow!
Taking the road that leads you from Split to Trogir on D8 road and then proceeding along D 58 road via Brodarica, Sibenik to Lozovac (the main entrance of the park), will be a shorter (83 km) but it will take you 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach your destination.
This route is less recommended as you can find a heavy traffic in the high season.(it’s the same road to Split Airport). Check this route on the Google map!
From Split to Krka via Skradin
There is another road to Krka NP if you want to visit only the mouth of the river. In that case you should drive to Skradin (Sibenik County) and visit the Skradin waterfall, Roski waterfall and Visovac Island, all located within the national park.
During the summer months, ferry lines are very frequent from Skradin to the Krka national park. In Skradin, you can enjoy swimming at the bathing place located on the Krka river, or in a beach located on the very spot where the river meets the sea. Follow the map bellow how to reach Skradin from Split (92,7 km).
Plan your visit to the park
For your information the opening hours of the park throughout the year are:
- Working time at Lozovac and Skradin is 08:00 am to 08:00 pm.
- Roski slap entrance is open from 09:00 am to 06:00
- Burnum and Kistanje entrance working time is from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Within the park, visitors have many interesting things to see and do: Skradinski buk, Roski slap and other sites, take a walk down the educational trail, view the ethnography presentations, find refreshment in the restaurants and buy souvenirs.
Krka National Park also offers attractive boat excursions towards Visovac Island, Roski slap, the Krka monastery and the Early Croatian fortresses of Trosenj and Necven.
During a visit to the Krka National Park, visitors are kindly ask to respect some rules which are exposed on each of five park entrances.
I hope these information will help you to spend a memorable day tour by car from Split to Krka National Park. You are kindly ask to share your Krka story with others.
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