How to decide which national park to visit? If you are in doubt or in lack of time, then this text may help you to decide.
Krka river is proclaimed a national park since 1985. The National Park is settled just near beautiful old town of Šibenik, the oldest town known to be founded by Croats in 1066 A.D. and covers the loveliest sections of the Krka River, and the lower course of the Čikola River. With its seven waterfalls Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. Many various wildlife species and subspecies have been identified within the territory of the Krka National Park, including several endemic species.
When you are at the Krka National Park there are several places of interest. Skradinski buk is one of the most attractive parts of the park. It is a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. Roški Slap is the second most popular attraction of the Krka National Park and the most attractive way to reach Roški Slap is to take one of the excursion boats operated by the Krka National Park. Inside the park is the island of Visovac home to the Catholic Visovac Monastery founded by the Franciscans in 1445. Hydropower electric plant was built on Krka river and was put in use in 1895, just two days after the Tesla hydroelectric power plant on the Niagara Falls. Ten years later the second plant was built, one hundred meters downstream of the first, which still works today.
One more interesting information: Krka is only about one hour ride by car from Split!
Plitvice Lakes National Park lies at the south end of the slopes of Mala Kapela chain and truly is one of the most impressive karst entities in the world. The Plitvice Lakes Complex was proclaimed a national park in 1949. It is the largest, oldest and most visited Croatian National Park. It represents a wooded mountain area with 16 lakes of different sizes, filled with crystal blue water.
Exceptional natural beauty of lakes and waterfalls, rich wildlife, mountain air, forests and much more are part of the unmistakable universe which UNESCO declared as a world heritage site in 1979., amongst the first in the world.
There is a legend about Plitvice National Park: this part in some maps is still called the Devil’s Garden because of its position and history. According to the legend Plitvice Lakes have been created after large droughts. Humans, animals and plants longed for a drop of water. The people prayed and prayed. Then in the valley came the Black Queen with her magnificent companion. She smiled at the people and with the help of strong wind and thunder rain finally fell on the ground. The rain was falling so long until the water level has grown enough to create lakes.
As for Plitvice lakes, they are about three hours ride by car from Split. It depends on the traffic. So, for you to see emerald lakes you have to be prepare to spend most of your way there in a ride.
Stunning beauty of national parks is a shame to miss if you are visiting Split.
It is up to you to decide weather you believe in legends or electric power plants. 😉
In any case, you won’t make a mistake.