Croatia: Natural Beauty

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Croatia, or should I say Sibenik, does truly offer  the unsuspecting visitor a beauty greater than what the travel guides could ever describe.

On my very first time travelling to these parts of the world I did not suspect what really awaited me. The first impression was not so great. As we struggled to find the accommodation, which had been booked via Airbnb, we were mortified to come across a half finished building site with an old boat out front in an uncared for lawn that gave the place a sense of abandonment. Luckily we were in the wrong place as the GPS appeared to have been lost. Upon calling our hosts they gave us directions to the correct place – a nice cosy family home fully done up!

The place were we stayed in was very closed to the Krka National Park, and that is why we chose it as the park was our must see attraction in Croatia. We had read so many good things about it and from the photographs online it seemed like a dream place. Nothing could have described the true beauty of this place in real justice. We travelled to the park by car and it was a short drive away from our Airbnb. On arrival we were taken by coach down a mountain hill towards the main tourist attraction – the waterfalls. The coach stopped halfway down the mountain and from there on we continue on foot through the National Park.

It was a hot summer day but the heat did not bother us much, in fact it was welcomed, not too much not too little. As we walked down the mountain we stepped on man-made walkways over water springs flowing along the mountain, down towards the mesmerising waterfall right down at the foot of the mountain. The walk down was very pleasant with plenty of trees and shade, and lots of places to stop, rest and take photos. As we got closer and closer to the bottom the roaring force of the waterfall grew louder and the anxiety to reach our destination grew stronger and stronger.

When we reached the bottom we got sight of the huge waterfall and its pool full of swimmers. The excitement grew stronger as all we wanted to do by now was to get in the water and waddle towards the fall. That much excitement was very good motivation for getting past the initial shock of the freezing cold water and surprisingly rocky waterbed. Looking around, everyone was smiling for selfies and waving for videos, but all the while very cautious of the rocks under out feet. Many swimmers tripping and failing, some getting hurt on the rocks that sit underwater.

This was a very unique experience, because not only does the sight of the waterfall take your breath away when you first catch sight of it it from far away, but you also get this amazing sensation paddling in this water, knee deep looking on to this powerful natural force cascading down the mountain.

After the cold bath in the waterfall it was time to walk up the hill again and get on the coach from halfway up the park, immersed in the hot summer heat once again.

There is so much to see and do in the National Park but unfortunately our plans only included the main attraction which for us was the waterfalls.

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