Balkan Croatia

A short guide to Skradin

My recommendations to Skradin, the gateway to Krka National Park.

Skradin, the gateway to Krka National Park. But is it a town worth visiting for itself? Yes!

Skradin is a small city with approximately 4000 inhabitans, located along the Krka river inland from Sibenik. This location has given it many advantages through the history. It was an important city already in the Roman era, and it got electricity already in 1899 due to a power plant further up the river.

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We wanted to visit Krka national park to see the beautiful waterfalls but did not like the idea of taking the bus back and forth from Split in day, so we ended up spending a day and a half there. Not to regret!

The ferry from Korcula docked in Split in the morning and we jumped on the next bus to Skradin. Travelling by bus is easy in Croatia, a quick google search gave us the itinerary.

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WHAT TO DO

So, what do you do when in Skradin, except for visiting the national park?

Stroll around the town centre, admire the facades and smile to the local people who are going on with their everyday lives. The town centre is basically one long street with alleyways on one side. There is a small main square just before the street meets the harbour. We spent hours looking at and taking pictures of all the details.

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Buy some fruit at the small market and have lunch on the promenade – just mind the swans!

Follow the signs to the ruins of the city’s fortress and enjoy the views. Continue on the foot path through the forest, and come back into town by the harbour.

If it is open, visit the clock tower on the main square. Unfortunately, it was closed for renovation when we were there.

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Can you get hold of one, go paddling on the river on SUP or kayak. Just make sure you do not pass the bridge towards the national park… I am not 100% you can rent equipment there, as we brought or own paddle boards on this trip, but in most places I have been in this area you can.

Relax and take in the atmosphere in one of the street cafés, you are likely to be the only tourist. And go shopping for souvenirs – local philigram jewlery, cheese, wine and olive oils.

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WHERE TO STAY

I heartly recommend Guesthouse Ivan. We got upgraded from a double room to an apartment with balcony, and even though the host was not finished cleaning the room when we arrived early; she let us change and leave our stuff in the room. The guesthouse is easy to fin in the middle of the town centre, and the host was as lovely as can be. She gave us plenty of information on Krka.

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WHERE TO EAT

La Cantinetta. You just have to. The restaurant is in a backyard in one of the alleyways, with a great atmosphere, really nice food, good wine recommendations and a huge tree in the middle. Tips: try the pasta with truffle sauce!

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And the next morning? Get up early to visit Krka National Park.

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