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18 AMAZING WATERFALLS IN CROATIA

Here is the list of the 18 most spectacular waterfalls in Croatia that you don’t want to miss.

If you wondering what to visit while enjoying your time in Croatia, this article is for you. Especially if you are a fan of natural beauties.

Visiting waterfalls in Croatia is an ideal way to escape the crowds and get back to nature.

Croatia is divided into four historical and cultural regions, continental Croatia, Dalmatia, Slavonia, and Istria.

Dalmatia is rich in karst rivers coming down from the Dinaric Alps mountain ranges creating the most beautiful waterfalls of Croatia. So let’s start with Krka Waterfalls.

Krka Waterfalls

Krka National park is the seventh national park in Croatia known for its large number of lakes and waterfalls. It is named after the river Krka which is part of the park. Krka waterfalls are a part of a river with high waterfalls and the biggest waterfalls are Skradinski Buk (47 m), Roški slap (25.5 m), Miljacka (23,8 m). The Krka national park is located in central Dalmatia and the following is a list of the 5 best Krka waterfalls.

1. Skradinski Buk Waterfall

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK KRKA, HEIGHT: 29 m

Skradinski Buk - one of the best waterfalls in croatia

Skradinski Buk – (buk, buka – noise), the loudest and best-known waterfall on the Krka River. Skradinski Buk is the longest waterfall on the river Krka and one of the most famous natural beauties of Croatia. The waterfall is located approximately 13 kilometers downstream from the Roški slap and a total of 49 kilometers downstream from the source.
A walking trail has been constructed all over the river. The trail takes you on a 60 minute light walk and you can visit Skradinski buk at any time of the year.

The entrance at Lozovac is the main entrance to Krka National Park. You can reach Skradinski buk via the roads from Šibenik – Lozovac or Drniš – Lozovac. From Skradin, you can arrive via the roads Šibenik-Tromilja-Skradin or Drniš-Tromilja-Skradin. From April to November you can use a boat to come to Skradinski buk. An interesting fact about the Skradinski buk waterfall is that below there is the second oldest hydroelectric power plant in the world and the first in Europe, the Jaruga hydroelectric power plant. It was built on August 28, 1895, just three days after the world’s first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls.

2. Waterfall Roški

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK KRKA, HEIGHT: 12 m

Vodopad Roški

Roški waterfall is a spacious waterfall that consists of 25.5 meters high main waterfalls and countless backwaters, cascades, and travertine islands. Roški waterfall is located about 36 km downstream from the source of the river Krka.
In Roški waterfall, nature is mostly untouched and it is interesting to true nature lovers.
Roški slap can be visited by boat, which runs on the route Skradinski buk – Visovac – Roški slap, lasting three and a half hours, from April to October. Roški slap can also be reached by road from Šibenik, Drniš, Knin, or Skradin.

The advantage of visiting this place out of season (winter, autumn, and spring) are the extremely affordable prices of the national park tickets. But you won’t be sorry if you pay your ticket more expensive during summer times because at this time of the year waterfalls are in their full glory and also you can refresh yourself in clean water.
If you are looking for Krka national park hotels, there are plenty of them and you won’t have any problems booking them. If you are staying in Split, Krka national park from Split is an hour and a half driving.

3. Waterfall Miljacka

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK KRKA, HEIGHT: 8 + 24 m

Vodopad Miljacka

Waterfall Miljacka is made up of three larger and numerous smaller travertine steps. The Krka River through the Miljacka source is connected to the course of the river Zrmanja.
The only access to visit this waterfall is through the grounds of the Miljacka hydroelectric plant. The Miljacka hydroelectric station is the largest such plant on the Krka River. The construction of this station began in 1904. and until 1910 it was the most powerful hydroelectric power plant in Europe.

There are five known cave-springs and the longest cave is Miljaca II. During periods of high water, a subterranean river flows through the cave and the water supposedly originating from the river Zrmanja. In low water, the cave houses a 200 meters long lake of unknown depth.

4. Waterfall Manojlovac

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK KRKA, HEIGHT: 60 m

Slap Manojlovac

The waterfall is made up of a series of travertine barriers with a total height of 59.6 meters, the largest barrier is 32.2 meters high and travertine formations on the waterfall are most represented by beard-like tufts and small caves.
During the warm season, the waterfall is dried out due to the redirection of water to supply the nearby Miljacka hydroelectric plant.

The most beautiful view of the waterfall is from the canyon on the Bukovac side. The trail with viewpoint is cleared and opened to visitors.

5. Waterfall Bilušića Buk

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK KRKA, HEIGHT: 20 m

Slap Bilušića Buk

It is the first of seven waterfalls along the Krka River. It is located in a canyon about 16 km downstream from the spring, or 9 km downstream from Knin, at an altitude of 214 m.
Downstream from the waterfall we can find numerous barriers, and just below them also travertine thresholds and islets. Of the numerous mills, pillars, and rolling mills, only two mills have been preserved on the waterfall today.

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Plitvice Waterfalls

National park Plitvice is the best known natural park in Croatia. As the largest National Park in Croatia (296.85 square kilometers), Plitvice Lakes is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the moment you look at the waterfalls, you will be amazed by the changing color of the water. Thanks to minerals and the amount of sunlight during the day, the water will shimmer from azure to green, grey, and blue.

6. Great Waterfall

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE, HEIGHT: 78 m

Veliki slap Plitvice

The highest waterfall in Croatia is Veliki slap (Great waterfall) in Plitvice National Park. The waterfall is 78 meters high situated at the very end of the Lower Lakes and it is considered as the most beautiful waterfall on the lakes.

The Great waterfall is formed by the river Plitvice, the river which extends 3 km to the west of the fall and together with waterfall Sastavci forms river Korana.
At the foot of the waterfall, there is a travertine barrier that is protected and that is why the walk under the waterfall and outside the marked paths is forbidden.

The waterfall gets almost completely frozen in the winter season forming a lovely giant ice sculpture.

7. Waterfall Sastavci

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE, HEIGHT: 25 m

Slap Sastavci

Waterfall Sastavci is situated in gorgeous surroundings on the edge of Novakovica brod. This is the place where the Korana river drops down from 26 meters in height and Veliki slap iz in the background of waterfall Sastavci. Like many waterfalls in the park, there are numerous trails leading to the viewing area.

8. Waterfall Pevalekovi

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE, HEIGHT: 15 m

Slap Pevalekovi

Waterfall Pevalekovi is located in the National park Plitvice and has a semicircular hill almost 50 feet high. The waterfalls are surrounded by steep cliffs that are observed by dense forest.
The impressive flow of water and the clear pool under the Pevalekova waterfalls make it look like a beautiful postcard.

9. Waterfall Milke Trnine

LOCATION: NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE, HEIGHT: 6 m

Slap Milka Trnina

Waterfall Milke Trnine  is a beautiful  waterfall in Plitvice National Park and it is situated near Plitvica Selo at the end of the lakes, near entrance 1 of the national park.

Waterfall Milke Trnine isn’t one waterfall but a series of little cascades running among low vegetation and mature and tall trees. The best way to view the waterfall Milke Trnine is by walking around down the river Korana. The waterfall got its name after famous late 19th-century opera singer, soprano Milka Trnina, who donated significant sums for preservation and nature protection of Plitvice lakes.

Plitvice Lakes national park and it’s stunning waterfalls are a very popular destination for visitors all around the world during all seasons of the year, which is why Plitvice Lakes are featured in a lot of our tours:

Knin Waterfall

10. Waterfall Krčić

LOCATION: KOVAČIĆ – KNIN, HEIGHT 22 m

Slap Krčić

Waterfall Krčić is a 22 meters high waterfall at the southern part of Knin field where the river Krčić sinks into the Krka river.
Krčić is a ten-kilometer long karst river and a kind of natural phenomenon. The Krka’s spring never dries out, but during the dry season there is no water in Krčić.
It is an hour’s drive from the Krka National Park. The old road that connects Knin and Kijevo takes you further towards the source of the Cetina with the mighty Dinara, so it is an ideal combination for a trip to Knin.

Rastoke Waterfalls

No list of waterfalls in Croatia could be complete without mentioning stunning Rastoke waterfalls.

Rastoke is a small village by the river, near national park Plitvice, so-called a place where fairies found their home. Although a small place, they have a rich selection of restaurant and accommodation facilities so Rastoke waterfalls are an ideal place for family trips or weekend escape.

Rastoke contains a total of 23 waterfalls. The waterfalls of Rastoke have names behind which are hidden stories of legends.

11. Hrvoje’s waterfall

LOCATION: RASTOKE, HEIGHT: 1m + 12 m

Hrvojev slap

In 1914, due to the strong melting of the ice, huge travertine rocks collapsed which affected the movement and appearance of Hrvoje’s waterfall and Vilina kosa and the water level in the Korana riverbed. Two huge travertine rocks still block the flow of the Korana river and these separated rocks symbolically tell the origin of the waterfall name.

The legend says about the love of two people who were not destined for each other. With the last jump of the unhappily in love young man Hrvoje into the depths of the water as into the abyss of feelings that lead to the desired love.

12. Waterfall Buk

LOCATION: RASTOKE, HEIGHT: 1m + 12 m

Slap Buk Rastoke

This waterfall is the largest waterfall in Rastoke. Waterfall Buk would have been even bigger and more imposing if there hadn’t been the collapse of huge travertine barriers in 1914, which raised the course of the river Korana and reduced its height.

The name Buk is associated with the noise created by water falling over a waterfall. The word ‘’buk’’ is almost synonymous with the word waterfall, especially in the Dalmatian parts of Croatia.

13. Fairy hair waterfall

LOCATION: RASTOKE, HEIGHT: 1m + 12 m

Slap Vilina kosa

According to legend, apart from the millers, who first inhabited this area, the permanent residents of waterfalls Rastoke are also fairies. The fairies in Rastoke have silver hair, just like the color of this waterfall which is named in their honor. It is believed that at night, while the other inhabitants rested, they ran and danced on the green islets and cliffs and rode horses.

Even if you don’t get to know the fairies during your visit to waterfalls Rastoke, you’ll see really a lot of content that will take you back in time and convince you that you’re in a magical place.
The rapids still move the old millstones that grind grain with their weight so from this waterfall you can take home real homemade flour or bread.

Istrian Waterfalls

We continue our list of best waterfalls in Croatia in Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea.

14. Waterfalls Kotli – Istria

LOCATION: BUZET – ISTRIA, HEIGHT: 12 m

Slap Kotli

Waterfalls Kotli is one of the hidden jewels deep inside of Istria. Waterfalls Kotli is a protected rural complex with a rustic style from the 19th century. Stone houses have a lot of wooden details which was typical for the construction of houses in Istria. The interesting fact is that this village is abandoned for 40 years, but the village has become a favorite destination for nature lovers.
Near the waterfalls, there is a long-abandoned water wheel and viaduct system that was once used to supply to many households in a village.

The river Mirna flows through the village forming beautiful waterfalls. In spring and autumn, the boilers are full of water and you can take a bath, while in summer it is mostly dry which gives these natural pools a special charm.
The trail of the seven waterfalls is 13.5 km long and 5 hours is enough to cross these 7 waterfalls.

15. Waterfall Butori ponor

LOCATION: MARUŠIĆI – ISTRIA, HEIGHT: 10 m

Slap Butori ponor

Waterfalls Butori ponor are located in the village Momjan in the central part of Istria. The waterfalls are located on the river Ardila and the area is also known for the old water wheels of old generations.
The waterfall can also be seen from the road. The waterfall is fenced, and the trail is arranged and protected so that it is easy to descend.

Waterfall Butori is a unique karst phenomenon that creates a fairytale and mystical atmosphere.
Near the waterfall, you can find a large selection of hotels and restaurants.

Other Waterfalls in Croatia

16. Waterfall Gubavica

LOCATION: ZADVARJE – SPLIT, HEIGHT: 49 m

Slap Gubavica

Waterfall Gubavica is one of the biggest attractions on the river Cetina. Waterfalls are located in Zadvarje, a village east of Split, Dalmatia. Waterfall Velika Gubavica is 49 m high, and the waterfall Mala Gubavica is 7 m high. The waterfalls are especially impressive in the rainy season when significant amounts of water flow through the canyon. The entire canyon is filled with millions of tiny scattered drops of water and a deafening roar.

What makes these waterfalls special among hundreds of others in the world is that you can swim and enjoy the view of the mighty water falling from almost 50 meters high.

There are several adventure agencies that organize a canyoning tours in the canyon of the Cetina river. The tour includes swimming under this beautiful waterfall.

17. Waterfall Visoki Buk

LOCATION: BILIŠANE – DALMATIA, HEIGHT: 11 m

Slap Visoki buk

Zrmanja is a 69 km long river in north-western Dalmatia with perfectly clear warm water, a spectacular canyon with a magnificent waterfall. The river carved the hard limestone surface and created one of the most impressive canyons with numerous waterfalls and cascades. The highest waterfall of the river canyon is Visoki Buk, 11m high, whose canyon is carved into the slopes of Velebit and makes its natural border.

Below waterfall Visoki Buk the canyons rise from the river up to three hundred feet high. The waterfall can be reached by water and by land. The trail marked with markings starts from the village Golubić, and along the way passes some of the most spectacular landscapes.

Below waterfall Visoki Buk the canyons rise from the river up to three hundred feet high. The waterfall can be reached by water and by land. The trail marked with markings starts from the village Golubić, and along the way passes some of the most spectacular landscapes.

18. Milkovića waterfall

LOCATION: PRIMIŠLJE – SLUNJ, HEIGHT: 8 m

Milkovica slap

The river Mrežnica is one of the most interesting watercourses on the Croatian karst. Within the river Mrežnica, 93 waterfalls have been counted. More important than the number of waterfalls on the river is the diversity of waterfalls, which is manifested in different heights, indentations, the number of travertine cascades, and the ways in which they cross the river. The constant change of waterfalls and lakes in the ambiance of shallow karst creates an extremely attractive and dynamic landscape.

Milkovića waterfall is truly one of the most impressive waterfalls on the river Mrežnica.
In order to reach the waterfall Milković, it is necessary to cross the Rončević waterfall, which is approximately 4.5 m high and whose bottom has also been explored.
The waterfall is interesting because of its indentation as well as because of its long, moss-covered travertine barriers.

Conclusion

For such a small country, Croatia offers a wide variety of natural beauties including a lots of very impressive waterfalls.

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