I can’t count the times over the years where someone has told me their ultimate bucket list item was to go to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. If I had a dime for every time someone told me that, I could probably buy a nice chunk of land near the national park, in fact. Seeing Pinterest board after Pinterest board of Plitvice actually had the opposite effect on me; it left me with very little desire to go. My ‘list’ (that is mental) includes volcano spotting on the Kamchatka peninsula or eating piri-piri chicken with locals in Mozambique. Maybe kayaking around the Kenai Fjords in Alaska. Or surfing in Florianopolis, Brazil. It never contained a trip to Plitvice. But, as an advocate of traveling to places you don’t really want to go to, I went to Plitvice’s less-traveled little sister, Krka National Park with some friends. It was the perfect day trip with a car from Split (and is well connected with transfers from other parts of Croatia) and a much-needed escape into Croatia’s breathtaking natural scenery.
The drive from Split wasn’t too long (around 1 hour and 15 minutes with no stops), but Krka was much harder to locate than we had expected. We stopped nearby close to Skradin for a quick lunch and information on getting to the park. The views of Skradin blew me away so much that we could have gone into the town and I’m sure I wouldn’t have been disappointed.
After entering the park, which costs adults anywhere from $10-15 (depending on the season), we were free to walk about and explore the forests before eventually ending up at the famous waterfalls.
Having gone there in April, I was completely shocked at how empty the park was compared to other parks I had been to throughout Europe. Krka is certainly no secret, but it definitely isn’t teeming with tourists like the hellish photos I have seen of Plitvice. It made my escape into nature surprisingly and rather… peaceful.
We spent a better half of our day at Krka exploring and taking in the fresh air. This post isn’t one with tips or stories or anything titillating, but I can state that sometimes it pays to go to a place you have little desire to visit, even if it is her lesser-known waterfall sister.
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