A trip to Krka National Park

Who doesn’t like a road trip, especially if it includes swimming at the feet of a waterfall? If you have read my first post about Croatia, you know that my family and me spent nearly all of our time relaxing at the beach taking a break from our daily life. But I’m saying nearly for a very good reason – amongst all the relaxed hours in Baska Voda we also decided to go on a day trip to Krka National Park, one of the two popular national parks of the country.
So we got up early, packed the (rental) car and headed north. The journey was comfortable yet not uneventful. One lesson I learnt is to never trust the navigation on my mother’s phone. Instead of leading us to the nearest entrance of the national park it led us into the mountains and we spent half an hour driving through the middle of nowhere until we finally decided to turn around. After that very successful experience we decided to use good old GoogleMaps instead and luckily that worked out better and we arrived at the gate of the park only half an hour later. Well what is a road trip without getting lost, right? Anyway, despite the unnecessarily  long drive the visit to the park was fully worth it and we realised that the minute we entered it. Krka National Park is home to stunning nature, beautiful lakes and of course, multiple waterfalls which was my personal highlight. To me waterfalls represent the strength of nature and they scare me and fascinate me at the same time. 
 
After wandering around the park for a while we decided to walk all the way down to the feet of an enormous waterfall where it was also possible to take a bath. That opportunity was of course something we couldn’t resist and me and my brother stayed in the water for a long time. It was an incredibly fascinating yet exhausting experience as swimming towards the waterfall simultaneously meant swimming against the stream which was stronger than I had expected. Again, that was a moment where I wished I was in possession of a GoPro to fully capture the moment. But then the best way to capture an experience is with your heart I believe. After swimming at the feet of the waterfall for a while we got out of the water and relaxed on land for a bit, letting this experience sink in and enjoying the remaining rays of sunshine. We could have just driven back to the hotel after that but instead we decided to stop in Split, Croatia’s second largest city. I went into the city without many expectations and maybe that’s why I was so blown away. Split has a typically mediterranean character and is home to some beautiful old architecture. Walking through the city felt like walking through world history and I honestly couldn’t believe how beautiful the centre of Split was. 
 
Later in the evening we headed down to the harbour and the promenade searching for a place to eat. Walking along the water was an experience in itself and in typical blogger manner I couldn’t leave without taking plenty of pictures. We ended up eating at an Italian restaurant at a square with a view over the harbour and therefore a view over the beautiful sunset. I could talk about my food but I think you might be tired of me raving about pasta so let’s just say it was really good. (You can never go wrong with pasta, can you?) When the sun had disappeared behind the sea we went back to the car and drove back to Baska Voda, our short-time home. I still have very fond memories of this trip and if you ever go to Croatia I can highly recommend visiting Krka National Park and taking a swim at the feet of the waterfalls. If you use GoogleMaps you should also be able to find it without getting lost in the mountains. 
 
Have you ever been to Croatia? 
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  • Wow didn't think Croatia could be any more pretty than it was in your last post, but boy was I wrong! It's stunning. The waterfall looks amazing. What great scenery and just breathtaking. The city of Splits looks beautiful too, definitely worth the stop I think.

    Love Hannah xx

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  • Kay

    Your photos are so beautiful as always, my darling! Croatia looks like such a beautiful country, I've never been there myself but would absolutely love to visit one day! That waterfall is so beautiful, and the water itself seems so clear – it's so awesome that you could actually take a bath there! I would deffo just want to sit there all day, haha. Sounds like you've had an absolutely fab time, lovely! Thanks for sharing. x

    Kay
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  • oh WOW, what an absolutely stunning place…I really, really want to go to Croatia, it looks out of this world beautiful. I love going on walks, especially ones with waterfalls, but this one tops it, I'd be in my element here, it looks stunning!Xx
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

  • Wow and I thought you're first post on Croatia was already so beautiful, but this one is even more intriguing! I'm such a buildings kind of girl so I love what they have to offer from your photos <3 thanks for sharing these and your experience there!

    Stacey + thebambieyes.com

  • What an absolutely beautiful place – I love that everyone is swimming in there! Croatia is pretty much top of my travel wish list right now!
    Amy xx
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  • Split is definitely worth the stop and Krka National Park is a must when visiting Croatia, it took me breath away! xx

  • Thank you, Kay! Croatia is a stunning country and if you ever get the opportunity to go there you should, I'm sure you would love it. I just wanted to sit there all day too haha, the scenery was too beautiful to leave xx

  • I also love going on walks and this one was particularly beautiful. Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen and I'm sure you would love it too xx

  • You're welcome, I'm glad you like them. I also love looking at architecture and Split just took me breath away, I hadn't expected that kind of beauty at all xx

  • It was an incredible experience! xx

  • Wow, your photos of Croatia are incredible! I've been wanting to visit for so long, I definitely need to make it happen someday. I love exploring national parks 🙂

    Eden | Mint Notion

  • Me too and this national park is particularly stunning, I can definitely recommend visiting. Croatia is amazing and I'm sure you would love it xx

  • croatia is definitely on my wish list and this post is very helpful, like all your other ones!
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  • Thank you, I'm happy to hear that! 🙂 xx

  • OH MY GOSH! I had no idea Croatia could look like this! WOW! That's stunning!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • It is, right? xx

  • When I go on holiday, I prefer to just relax and go to places like the beach too… it's a holiday after all!
    I've never actually seen a proper waterfall, but those photos are amazing!
    Aleeha xXx
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  • Exactly! Thank you! xx

  • Those pictures are stunning!

    Lauren x | http://www.huggled.co.uk/

  • Thank you! xx