The magnificent travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of the park and the backbone for the landscape today. Krka National Park encompasses the area along the Krka River which flows through a deep and picturesque, 75 kilometers long canyon, creating roaring cascades: Bilušića Buk, Miljacka, Brljan, Rošnjak, Manojlovački Slap, Roški Slap and the renown Skradinski Buk, the largest travertine barrier in Europe. The magnificent travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of the park and the backbone for the landscape today; therefore, they are the reason for the proclamation of this area as a national park in 1985. Krka National Park encompasses an area of 109 km2 of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, as well as the lower course of the Čikola River.
The biggest waterfall of the Krka River was proudly named after the town Skradin. The crystal clear water spills over 17 cascades, along 800 meters in length, creating a magnificent canvas of water drops, sunrays, colors, sounds and scents. Abandon yourself in this paradise at least for a moment! A boat ride beneath the waterfalls is a special experience because of the astonishing landscape, the deafening noise of the waterfalls and the thick watery mist. The fauna of Krka National Park is very rich and diverse, with many endemic, rare and endangered species, which makes the Krka River one of the most valuable natural entities in both Croatia and Europe. There are two prominent cultural and historical monuments in the Krka National Park: the Franciscan Monastery on the island of Visovac and the Krka Monastery.
The Island Visovac
The monastery, the church, the island of Visovac and Visovac Lake constitute one natural, cultural, historical and spiritual entity. Visovac Island is located in the middle of Visovac Lake, where the blue-green water has split the karst plateau, thus creating a harmonious marriage of natural and historical heritage. This irresistible, charming rock surrounded by nature, meticulously turned into an island with rich flora by the monks throughout the centuries, fascinates and attracts tourists. Around the year 1445 the Franciscans inhabited the island and built the monastery and the church, where they were also actively engaged in science and education. (During its stormy history, Visovac was and has remained an island of peace and prayer, and the Franciscan monastery is a fortress of spirituality and faith.