Our stop in Skradin, Croatia provided a means to an end. We wanted to see Krka National Park and Skradin was our entry point. Although the official park entrance is about a mile southeast of the town, there is a ticket office in Skradin and a convenient Skradin-Krka boat that departs from the pier.
We arrived in Skradin by bus from Zadar. After purchasing our day passes from the Krka National Park Skradin Ticket Office, we could have followed the herd to the line for the ferry boat. But that would have left us simply standing in line for 45 minutes. Since we were fairly certain there was no prize for being the first on the boat, we used 40 minutes to explore the town.
We provide a complete explanation of Krka NP tickets and the Skradin boat to Krka at the end of the post!
A walk through Skradin
Skradin, home to only 4,000 residents, felt a bit sleepy – especially in autumn. Along the marina, sailboats bobbed in the water across from cafes. We walked into the interior of the town, where shops line the streets. With just a few sights, the top Skradin attractions can be seen in less than an hour. (That said, there are many reasons to stay in Skradin even longer…which we get to in a minute!)
Skradin, Croatia History
Historically, Skradin dates back to the Illyrians when it was called Scardona and served as a capital. Since then it has been captured, destroyed and rebuilt under various rulers. A single hill rises in the middle of town with two main streets running on either side of it, one of which is parallel to the water’s edge. Over time, the town’s importance dwindled, preserving only a few bits and pieces of the past, including a church, clock tower and fort…and a handful of charm!
Things To Do in Srkadin
The city sights can be seen in about an hour – but keep a close eye on the time if catching the boat to Krka or a regional bus.
Look Up at the Clock Tower
The town clock tower sits slightly off the main square. Built in 1872, logistics required that it be erected away from the church. From the base, the lone, unadorned structure resembles a military lookout more than a church clock tower.
Visit the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Crkva Male Gospe)
Located on the main square, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the 18th century. The architectural style is the same as the clock tower and relatively unadorned. The plain facade has only two statues – one on each side of the door – and a patterned stone entrance.
However, going beyond the front doors reveals a heavily decorated Baroque interior. The colorful display of paintings and the many statues were contradictory to the exterior and an absolute feast for the senses. If you only do one thing in Skradin, we recommend visiting the interior of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.
Hike to the Skradin Fort (Turina Utvrda)
A medieval fortress, Turina Fort, sits on the hill that rises from the center of town. Throughout the Old Town, signs point out the route to the hill-topping fort. The hike up proved to be shorter (only about 10 minutes) – and much less strenuous – than we had anticipated.
From the fort, there are two lookout points that provide incredible vistas over the Old Town and marina. The lower lookout, by the flag pole, offers a nice view, but the more impressive 360-degree panoramas are from the top of the fort.
More Things to do in Skradin, Croatia
In our short time in Skradin, we discovered the top city sights. Visitors with less time constraints, however, can experience more of the city.
Taste the Local Wine
Some of Croatia’s best wine is produced in the region. One of the top wine makers, BIBICh has a tasting room in the historic Skradin Old Town. Visitors can sample the wines and take some to-go!
Feast at Skradin Restaurants
We didn’t eat in Skradin, but we wished we would have! It was only after our visit that we learned about the famous Skradin Risotto – which is said to take 12 hours to prepare (each chef using a secret family recipe).
Some of the fellow-traveler recommended restaurants in Skradin are Konoba Dalmatino, Restoran Skala and Pizzeria Zlatka.
Swim at the Skradin Beach
East of the marina, there is a small seashore beach where visitors can sunbathe and swim. There is also a playground for kids and a volleyball court.
Getting from Skradin to Krka National Park
Krka NP has five official entrances. The two most popular points of entry are Skradin and Lozovac, both of which are near Skardinski Buk – the largest waterfall in the park.
Krka Skradin Entrance
The official Krka Skradin National Park Ticket Office is conveniently located between the Skradin parking lot/bus stop and the ferry boat pier. Tickets range in price, depending on season and age. The boat from Skradin to Krka departs every hour and is included with the price of admission to the park.
Skradin Krka Boat
A ferry boat is used to transport passengers from Skradin to the Krka waterfalls. The ride takes about a half hour. Top Tip: Find a spot on the Skradin boat where you can see the passing scenery! Rather than sitting, we stood at the side of the boat watching swans, the fisherman and the lush rolling hills.
The Krka Skradin Ferry returns via the same route and docks at the same pier from which it departs. If you need to catch a bus from Skradin, be sure to check boat and bus times to best align the two!
Getting To Skradin, Croatia
Skradin can be reached by car or bus. The Skradin Bus Station is located northeast of the Old Town along the main road into town. MAP
Split to Skradin
Split to Skradin Bus
There are numerous daily bus departures from the main Split Bus Station to Skradin. The ride takes 1.5 to 2 hours and costs about 75 kunas each way. In the high season, we recommend purchasing the return Skradin to Split bus tickets in advance to ensure you will have a seat.
Skradin to Sibenik
The coastal town of Sibenik, which boasts multiple fortresses and an appealing Old Town, is the closest city to Skradin. In fact, many Split day trips include a stop in Sibenik either before or after visiting Krka NP. The local bus between the two towns takes about 30 minutes and costs around 20 kunas.
Skradin to Zadar
We visited the Krka waterfalls as a day trip from Zadar. Direct buses from Zadar to Skradin take about an hour and can cost up to 90 kunas. We recommend checking at the Zadar bus terminal for routes and prices – as we found the online information to be inconsistent with the actual schedule. Top Tip: Use our self-guided Zadar Walking Tour to see the Old Town sights!
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Skradin, Croatia Hotels
For being such a small town, there are a surprising number of accommodations in Skradin, Croatia. In addition to hotels, there are guesthouses and apartments. The Skradin Hotel Bonaca gets rave reviews (read them here!); the 4-star hotel features an outdoor pool, rooms with balconies and an on-site restaurant.
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