Discover the magnificent beauty of Krka National Park

Over a century of coexistence between nature and energy production

Krka National Park is located in the territory of Šibenik-Knin County and encompasses the most beautiful part of the Krka River course. The incredible landscape, impressive waterfalls, and landmarks of great historical and cultural significance are only some of the countless attractions of Krka National Park. Numerous visitors are enchanted by beauty and the natural resources offered by this national park; tourists are also delighted by the fact that they can embark on a one-day visit from most parts of the country and enjoy unique sights. The main attraction of Krka National Park is its seven waterfalls, with Roški Slap being the most extensive, and Skradinski Buk the largest and most famous one.

Alongside natural landmarks, the national park also abounds with cultural and historical monuments. The most significant one is perhaps the Franciscan monastery on the islet of Visovac, a landscape gem situated in the part of the river with a lake. An art gallery is found within the monastery; the church itself, the origin of which dates back to the 14th century, is also open to visitors. The island of Visovac is also recognisable for its intact nature with around 200 different plant and animal species, among which particularly stand out the beautiful peacocks. Visitors are also attracted by old mills converted into ethnographic museums, where they can see in person how wheat used to be ground into flour. The interpreters of this region’s history demonstrate this to visitors in traditional national costumes, which is always entertaining to children as frequent visitors of this park.

In the heart of the park, near Skradinski Buk, there are remains of a hydroelectric power plant (Jaruga 1), which adds extra value to the tourist product of NP Krka as an extraordinary artefact of industrial heritage. Krka Hydroelectric Power Plant was one of the first in the world to produce multiphase alternating current for commercial purposes, i.e., for lighting and private users in the town of Šibenik. It operated from 1895 until 1914. The second hydroelectric power plant, Jaruga 2, was built in the immediate proximity of the first one; three years later, in the area of today’s national park – which gained this status in 1985 – Miljacka Hydroelectric Power Plant was built. This power plant has been entered into the world’s Hydro Hall of Fame in 2018; this recognition is given annually to a selected hydroelectric power plant that has produced electric current for more than 100 years. Both Jaruga and Miljacka are operating today and deliver green energy, which goes to show that their owner, Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP), successfully harmonises the production of electric current with environmental protection requirements and tourism needs.

Author: Ivo Biočina
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