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Swimming in Krka National Park

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As we’ve been planning our trips this year, we did some general googling for travel inspiration.

We’ve always been drawn to sunny weather and sandy shores, but living with the grey skies in Cambridge, England has made us a bit more desperate for Vitamin D. When a pictures similar to the one above popped up — people relaxing in a serene pool of blue green water, surrounded by trees and amazing waterfalls, I knew I’d found our next trip. And so, we booked our tickets to Croatia to go swimming in Krka National Park.

Swimming in Krka National Park


Peak times for Krka National Park are July and August, which means a busy park and higher entrance fees. The warm temperatures (30℃/85℉) are perfect for swimming in Krka National Park, but you’ll be sharing the water with a lot of visitors.

Swimming in Krka National Park

Shoulder season is April through June and September through October. We visited in May, when the weather was warm and the park wasn’t overrun with visitors. The swimming area of Skradinski Buk got pretty busy as the day went on, but the other parts of the park were practically empty.

Off season in November through March. The daily high hovers in the low 10℃s/50℉s December through February, so it’s not exactly swimming weather. But, if you do decide to take a polar(ish) plunge, you’ll probably be doing it alone. Something else to keep in mind is that most of the park provided transportation is not operating during the winter period. This includes the ferry from Skradin to Skradinski buk and the buses from Lozovac to Skradinski buk.


Krka National Park is in the middle of Croatia’s stretch along the Adriatic Sea, about halfway in between Zadar and Split.

From Zadar – We decided to stay in Zadar because we also wanted to visit Plitvice Lakes, National Park. Zadar is a good mid-point between both Plitvice and Krka. Since we were covering so much ground on our trip, we rented a car. Car rentals are fairly cheap in Croatia and the main roads are well-maintained. The drivers did seem a bit impatient, but it wasn’t a big deal. It takes about 1 hour to drive to Krka from Zadar. Most of its easy freeway driving, but do note there is a toll. If your first stop is Skradinski Buk, parking is available at Skradin and Lozovac.

Swimming in Krka National Park
Swimming in Krka National Park

If you want to use public transit, the FlixBus runs a direct round from Zadar to Skradin (the main entrance to Krka) during high season. A roundtrip ticket costs €7.50 and the trip takes 1 hour.

From Split – The drive up from Split also takes a bit over an hour, and it’s on the same toll road. The FlixBus runs a direct round from Split to Skradin (the main entrance to Krka) during high season as well. A roundtrip ticket costs €9.50 and the trip takes 1.5 hours.Submitter Name: Kelly Barcus

Submitter Name: Kelly Barcus

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