Before visiting Croatia myself I kept reading articles saying ‘Should you visit Krka or Plitvice?’. After reading all those pieces and seeing the photos I imagined them to look quite similar.. so the same question popped into my head as well ‘Did I really need to visit both national parks while only being in Croatia for a week?’. Of course the traveler in me responded with an ‘hell yes!’ and so I ended up visiting them both.
Still thinking that Krka and Plitvice were easy to compare I kept asking the Croatians I met which of the two national parks they preferred. While they all responded the same: ‘You can’t compare them’, I kept thinking to myself ‘Nonsense, you definitely can compare them’- until I visited Krka for myself.
Plitvice is romantic. Touristic. But romantic. Those big waterfalls, surrounded with high cliffs look idyllic. Nothing compared to something you’ve seen before. While walking over a trail that is set out for you you’ll find yourself seeing new waterfalls and lakes – most likely you’ll be staring at a waterfall on one side of the trail, while you can admire a lake at the other side of the trail.
Krka on the other hand, is robust and wild. While strolling over the trail you constantly walk over streams of water – small lakes, big lakes, small waterfalls and big waterfalls. While Plitvice feels more ‘organized’, you literally find water streaming everywhere in Krka. I am not even exaggerating when saying that you have to shout the whole time you’re in the park basically because the sounds of the waterfalls are so incredibly loud. Nature’s violence. Really impressive. Krka is green, has a dense forest and a fairytale-like appearance. You’ll find a beautiful sight over and over again when looking over the railing of the paths.
Somewhere in the middle of the park you’ll find a couple of small houses. Houses in which you can learn about the nature, about Krka and about the techniques they used to make foods by using water mills that completely trusted on the rough streaming waters. While getting closer and closer to the waterfalls you’ll get completely overwhelmed. It’s beautiful. It’s unique.
I love the wild piece of nature Krka looks like. It seems untouched. I love how you can find peace in between the sounds of the rough waterfalls and I love the peace of the park. Why Krka isn’t as touristic as Plitvice is beyond me. It is beautiful. It is smaller, yes. But seeing that you can swim, whilst in Plitvice you aren’t aloud to go in to the water, you can definitely enjoy a full day in this park as well.
And so.. to all of you who were looking for an answer to the same question I had in my mind: yes, you really need to visit both national parks and no – they can’t be compared.