Roski Slap

Heading on from the frothy watery delights of Skradinski buk to another, less visited part of Krka National Park -Roski Slap.

It is possible to get a boat trip from Skradinski Buk upto Roski Slap. however due to the ever present scourge of the tour group, the boat trips were full up.

Not to be deterred we decided to drive to the falls ourselves, as our Krka Park ticket allowed us admittance to the site for no extra cost.

Que another slightly hair raising car journey up winding roads and along a single track bridge across the river (heaven help you if a vehicle comes from the other direction . . )

We park up and a guide pokes her head out of a tiny shack to give us directions, first to the lake and museum and then onto the walk to the falls.

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After grabbing a quick brew at the waterside cafe we head off for a gentle stroll along the river . .or so I think. But oh no, the other half had got wind of the fact that there is set of steps that cling to the cliff face, leading upto a cave and then a panoramic view of Roski Slap.

The snag (for lazy me) being that there are approximately 600 steps . . . ..  sigh

Here his nibs is looking suitably excited about forcing me to partake in exercise  . . .

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I am not impressed . .  oh dear lord . .

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After me going on strike half way up (and collapsing in a pile of sweat and sulkiness) we finally reach the cave, and more importantly, the incredible view of Roski Slap.

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Here you can look down and see why this section of the river is known as the Necklace Cascades. These cascades are a successive series of rapids arranged and banded in such a way that they resembled necklaces

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If you squint, you can see, far far in the distance, the tiny speck of a bridge that we have to head back to . . . .

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Having got my breath back, and returned to a normal (none red) colour, I got to enjoy stunning vista. Well worth the slog upwards!

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But, not allowed to relax for too long, we were soon heading back down to the riverside to complete the loop across the river. Here’s the route back down . . . .

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Back on the flat, we ambled across the river and back to the car. Stopping on route to enjoy the rushing water once again.

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More waterfalls

Utterly enchanted as I was with Krka, this meant I took A LOT of photos! So this post is just a few more images of the watery wonderland.

Along the course of the river Krka, about 30 water mills, and several washing holes and columns have been preserved. The best preserved, and now restored watermills are at Skradinski buk.

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During the 14th and 15th centuries, the water mills on the Krka River were important for the entire Adriatic coast, as wheat was milled here for numerous towns, from Dubrovnik to Istria.

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The mills typically have rural style. The walls of the mills were built with stone and travertine, with mortar made of a combination of limestone and sand or clay. The roof and inner construction was made of wood, and the roofing was most often stone slabs.

And now for more frothy, watery marvellousness. I love the almost fluffy white of the foam against the opaque blue of the ongoing river.

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With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 224m, the Krka River is a natural phenomenon.

Here’s another glimpse of the magical Skradinski buk waterfalls before we move on.

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Cracking Krka

Our second national park adventure starts in the picturesque little habour town of Skradin – the beginning of our journey to Krka National Park.

There are several ways to get to the park, but one of the nicest is to buy your park ticket at this little town and take a boat trip up the river and into the park itself.

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The main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap although Skradinski Buk is the biggest and most well known.

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Usually you’re able to swim in the lake near to Skradinski Buk, but due to high water levels (thanks to all the recent rain fall) health and safety squashed that idea!

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However, the upside of all the rain meant that the waterfalls were in full spate with the maximum volume of water powering through them.

This created a breath taking spectacle of foaming white water crashing into the placid lake below.

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Here’s Neil feeling the spray on his face after scrambling up the side of the mighty waterfall.

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. It is the lowest of the three sets of waterfalls formed along the Krka river. 

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In an area 400m in length and 100m in width there are 17 waterfalls and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 47.7 m.

Skradinski Buk is, understandably, considered to be one of the most beautiful calcium carbonate waterfalls in Europe and it is magical.

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Similar to Plitvice, visitors get to explore the park via wooden walkways that criss cross over bubbling brooks and thundering waterfalls.

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The sunlight filters through the trees and sparkles off every little stream. It is so fantastical that you half expect Gandalf or Bilbo Baggins to pop out from behind a tree.

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Eight hundred and sixty species and subspecies of plants have been identified within the territory of the national Park.

The park is a wildlife haven with 18 species of fish, 18 species of bat and over 200 species of birds as well.

Here we paused to take a look back down at Skradinski Buk and the wooden walkway we’d crossed earlier.

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The tourists look pretty darn small from all the way up here!!

P1020484Travertine steps create differing levels for the water to play and roll over. Each section of the river takes on another colour and hue. From muddy browns to deep aqua, turquoise through to opaque blues.

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The endlessly tumbling water creates a delightful spectacle of foaming, frothing loveliness.

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Next up we visit the old mills by the Krka River and then head up to Roski Slap for some vertigo inducing views.