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Krka National Park, Croatia

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During this summer’s vacation, Milos and I spent time in Makarska and his home town of Crikvenica.  While still in Makarska, we took a day trip up to Krka National Park, followed by an evening in Skradin.  (Separate blog coming later.)   The drive from Makarska was only about an hour and fifteen minutes.  If you were staying in Split, it would probably be less than half an hour drive.

Krka is often compared to Plitvice Lakes National Park because of the waterfalls and lush natural foliage.  One of the big differences with Krka is that you can actually swim at the base of the series of waterfalls.  (There is no swimming allowed at Plitvice.  I personally feel that Plitvice is more majestic and grandiose – it definitely requires more time to explore than Krka.)

When you first get to the park and enter from Lozovac, a bus will take you down the steep twisty road to the water and trails.  (875 meters.)  You can hike down on your own if you like, but the heat that day made walking in the sun truly unbearable.

We got there in the early afternoon, and walked the trails.  Even though the weather had been quite hot (95F, or about 35C), it was quite comfortable under the shade of the many trees.  The sound of the water everywhere was relaxing and energizing at the same time.  There were fish in so many of the waters – I know my dad would love it!

After walking the trails, you are let out at the swimming area at the base of the falls.  They do have the area roped off so that people can’t swim too close to the waterfall.  (Safety, of course!)  We met some very nice Italian girls with a waterproof camera who took a photo for us and sent it later via Facebook.  It turned out great!

Overall, we were at the park for about four hours, which was a good amount of time to do the main trails and get in some swimming.  There’s a lot more the park has to offer for folks who want to stay longer – boat expeditions to different parts of the lakes, for example.  There’s even an old abbey on a picturesque small island.  (I’d have wanted to visit it if we had had more time.)

Here are some photos from our afternoon at Krka!

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

2 thoughts on “Krka National Park, Croatia

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