Monday, 12 May 2014

Skradinski Buk Waterfall of Croatia

The most popular waterfall on the Krka River is “Skradinski buk” which is longest and one of Croatia’s best known natural wonders. The waterfall is a huge, clear, natural pool with high falls at one end and cascades at the other. The most famous lakes in Croatia is clearly Plitvice lakes, which are a must see site for every visitor in Croatia. If you travel by car to any region in Croatia, you will be able to visit at least some of best waterfalls in Croatia, and Skradinski buk is one of them. 

The Skradinski buk is the lowest of the three sets of waterfalls formed along the Krka River and located about 13 KM downstream from Roški slap and an entire of 49 KM downstream from the source. Skradinski buk is considered one of the most beautiful cliff water falls in Europe. You can see them with a walk through a Forrest on a wooden path and bridges. A beautiful walking trail has been constructed over the river that takes tourists on a light walk through the deep shade of lush Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean vegetation.

The growth of travertine barriers at Skradinski buk was caused by the merger of the waters of Krka River with the 3KM lower current of the Čikola River at Roški slap, producing one of the most rare and lovely landscapes of the Krka National Park. The combined waters of the Krka and Čikola Rivers flow over the 17 steps at Skradinski buk, distributed along the 800 meters in length. The width of the cascades is between 200 and 400 metres with an overall height difference of around 45 meters. Travertine formations in the lower portion have caves and tufts while the upper portion of the river includes thresholds, travertine islands, draperies and barriers. 

A 60 minute light walk over bridge take you to deep shade of lush Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean vegetation, which offers the unique microcosms of mystical sounds, lights, colors, the mysterious world of travertine mosses and plentiful plant species of the travertine barriers and aquatic habitats. Fortunate tourists will not miss the heart catching song of the nightingale, the splashing of the coot, the swimming of the Illyrian ide, the call of the green frog, the flight of the hawk and the playful ballet of emerald dragonflies and colorful butterflies.