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The Krka National Park is a spacious, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value, and 
includes one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems.

It is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities such as visiting and
sightseeing. It was proclaimed a national park in 1985 and is the seventh national park in Croatia.

The Krka National Park is located entirely within the territory of Šibnik-Knin County and encompasses an area of
109 square kilometers along the Krka River: two kilometers downriver from Knin to Skradin and the lower part of
the Cikola River.
From the flooded part of the mouth, it is 72.5 kilometers in length, making the Krka the 22nd longest river in Croatia.

The source of the Krka River is at the base of the Dinaric Mountains, 3.5 kilometers northeast of the base of Knin
and 22 meters below Topoljski Slap, Veliki Buk and Krcic Slap, which are noisy cascades in the winter but run dry
during the summer.
The length of the freshwater section of the river is 49 kilometers and that of the brackish section is 23.5 kilometers.
Significant tributaries of the Krka River include Krcic, Kosovcica, Orašnica, Butišnica and Cikola with Vrb.
With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 meters, the Krka River is a natural and karstic phenomenon.

Link to National Park Krka: http://www.npkrka.hr/
 

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The Plitvice Lakes lie on one of the most important traffic routes in Croatia. In this Devil’s Garden, nature gave man a
completely different garden: a garden of magnificent phenomena of karst hydrography. The gardener – the Karst -
created many beautiful and interesting spots in Crotia but here – they say – it was especially successful. Only in 1949,
were the Plitvice Lakes given a permanent status of a National Park. In 1979 - UNESCO put the Plitvice Lakes on the
List of World’s natural heritage. In places, the forest, with its great trees, takes on jungle forms and in addition to
this splendour of nature there is the corresponding variety of plant and animal life. Besides many species of birds and
small game, there are does, bears, wolves, boars and wild cats in the park and in water there are also trouts.

The total surface of all lakes is approximately 2 km2. Around three quarters of that surface are two greatest islands:
Kozjak - 81,5 ha and Prošce - 68 ha. These are also the lakes with the greatest depths: Kozjak 46 m, and Prošce 37 m.
Many great and small waterfalls connect the lakes. The most of the water in the lakes comes from the river
Crna rijeka and the river Bijela rijeka. The river Rjecica flows into Kozjak and the lake’s runlet is river Korana.

Link to National Park Plitvice Lakes: http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/


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