Skradin is a small picturesque town at the entrance to Krka National Park. It is on the Krka River that flows out to the Adriatic Sea, so there were lots of amazing mega yachts moored here, probably because Bill Gates named it his favorite vacation place in Forbes magazine.
Entrance to Krka National Park
Our reason for being in Skradin was so that we could go see the waterfalls in Krka National Park. There are two entrances to the park, but included in the ticket from Skradin was a boat cruise to the waterfalls, which sounded lovely, so that’s why we chose this as our entry point. The other entrance to the park includes a bus ride, which didn’t sound nearly as nice. See more info on Krka National Park below.
Things to do in Skradin
We had some time to spare before the next boat trip, so we followed the charming narrow paved streets through the town and up to the Medieval Fortress of Turina. From high up on the hill here, we had the most fabulous panoramic view of the town and the Krka River.
No matter how many of these old medieval towns we visit, I am still charmed by the little alleyways, the old buildings and the festive air created by people enjoying great food at the restaurants in the passageways.
In amongst the amazing yachts swam at least a dozen swans and form the banks of the river people were swimming and enjoying the warm weather. Just a lovely little town!
Krka National Park Info
There are 5 official entrances for National Park Krka, the two main entrances are Skradin and Lozovac.
From Skradin you need to take the boat to the main waterfall. From Lozovac, you need to drive to the ethno village and walk from there, except for July and August, where a bus will take you from the main entrance car park to the Skradinski Buk waterfall.
Parking in Skradin
If you are coming by car to Skradin, there is a large parking lot, right in the centre of town and only 200m from the ticket office. There are lots of touts pushing other parking as you enter the town. Just ignore them and continue to the main parking. You can always go back to them if the main parking is full. The cost is 10Kuna per hour.
Entering Krka National Park from Skradin
- The entrance fee to Krka National Park is 110 Kuna for Adults and 80 Kuna for Kids.
- This includes the boat trip from Skradin to the Skradinski Buk waterfall.
- The boat goes leaves Skradin for Skradinski Buk waterfall on the hour and returns from the waterfall on the half hour.
- The last boat leaves the waterfall at 5.30pm in summer.
- The boat trip lasts about 25 minutes and the walk to Skradinski Buk waterfall is another 5 minutes.
- Please note that the boat only runs from April to October.
- For those feeling energetic, there is also the option of hiking or cycling along the 3.5km path from Skradin to Skradinski Buk waterfall.
- You are allowed to swim at the main waterfall (Skradinski Buk waterfall), so pack your costumes, although be warned, the water is icy!
- There are lots of stalls at the main waterfall, selling drink, food and most importantly, ice-creams.
- We were told it would take us 2 hours to complete our trip, but we loved every minute of the waterfalls so ended up taking 4.5 hours.
Photo Essay of Skradin
Here are a few photos to show you the spectacular sights of Skradin.