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The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Croatia

By Alex Moretti


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Without a doubt, Croatia is by far one of the best choices out there for anyone that wishes to spend their vacation the right way. We’re talking incredibly verdant forests, majestic mountains and a ton of downright magical waterfalls everywhere you look.

There is so much to visit, so much to see, that most people would likely find it overwhelming to find the perfect spot for them.

This is why for today we decided to actually help you out by bringing you what we would consider to be 20 of the most breathtaking waterfalls in all of Croatia.

We will be displaying every reason as to why we believe that they’re worth your time and money, and hopefully direct you towards the best choice for you in the process.

While this is entirely optional, we do recommend that you look into the picks yourself before eventually making the choice since what we consider to be incredible might not be the best choice for you so take everything we say with a grain of salt.

But anyways, with that being said, let’s jump right into our first pick of the day, and what better way to start it than with none other than:

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park Waterfalls

Plitvice Lakes National Park Waterfalls
Plitvice Lakes National Park Waterfalls / Zysko Sergii / wikipedia.org

While this may not be a single waterfall example per se, this national park holds a ton of incredible waterfalls that you will literally spend days admiring during your stay. After all, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site as well.

Being the largest national park in all of Croatia, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of places to visit in it. Even if you’re bored of waterfalls and you want something different, you have 16 lakes to visit during your vacation and what’s even better here is that the entry fee is relatively cheap too, ranging from 35 to 150 HRK if you go during the busier hours.

2. Skradinski Buk Waterfall

Skradinski Buk Waterfall
Skradinski Buk Waterfall / matadornetwork.com

If you ever think about visiting Croatia during the holiday season then we honestly cannot stress enough just how much you need to visit the Skradinski Buk because it will blow your mind.

In case you’re not familiar with it, the Skradinski Buk is essentially one of the most gorgeous natural pools in the world and the main selling point of the Krka National Park.

If that wasn’t enough to get your interest you should also know that the site is filled to the brim with waterfalls as tall as 39 feet in height. On top of it all, you also get some of the best services available and you’re also very close to a lot of hotels which offer decently affordable prices.

3. Roski Waterfall

Roski Waterfall
Roski Waterfall / wikipedia.org

The Roski Waterfall is what we would best describe as one of the most impressive monuments of Mother Nature’s beauty and we’re not exaggerating here.

If you’re a fan of waterfalls then just take a second and imagine this: You have 12 massive waterfalls, all lined up and interconnected with one another, making a 2,000 feet long super waterfall together.

To make the experience even better, the people in charge of the site have also made it so that you can actually take the ferry and get some jaw dropping pictures while you’re at it, literally making you feel like you’re on top of the world as you see the waterfall in all its might.

Best of all, the ferry is entirely free as long as you paid the entrance fee to the park, so once you’re in you have no reason as to why you wouldn’t take a ride in it.

4. Rastoke Waterfalls

Rastoke Waterfalls
Rastoke Waterfalls / travelsewhere.net

But if you want to experience the true beauty of the waterfall in its natural habitat, without the continuous add-ons that humanity has placed on top of it, then you want to go for the Rastoke waterfalls.

Just look at how beautiful it is, and on top of it all, this is also an entirely free site to visit, meaning that once you decide to go for it you won’t have to shill out any money unless you really want to get some of the accessories sold there.

5. Gubavica Vodopad Waterfall

Gubavica Vodopad Waterfall
Gubavica Vodopad Waterfall / TripAdvisor

But if the Rastoke waterfalls don’t really do it for you and you want something a bit more massive in scale then the Gubavica Vodopad is sure to scratch that itch.

We’re talking about a 164-foot-long drop over here, not exactly the largest but not the shortest one of the bunch either.

On top of that the waterfall also steeps straight into a small lagoon which makes for some really incredible scenery to say the least.

You can get to the site by simply renting a car from the town of Split, which we highly recommend considering the fact that getting to the site via public transport is not exactly favorable.

6. Mali Buk Waterfall

Mali Buk Waterfall
Mali Buk Waterfall / destimap.com

But hey, size isn’t everything, especially when talking about waterfalls. Whenever we picture waterfalls, we usually don’t think of grand and majestic natural forces of nature, but more so just of peaceful and calming sites to go to when you’re not quite feeling yourself.

If you have the same preference as we do then the Mali Buk Waterfall is going to be right up your alley because simply put, it’s one of the most calming places on Earth and that’s a fact.

You can get to it after around a half-hour hike from the ferry dock, which is great if you want to take in the scenery but it can be quite hard for the people that aren’t used to walking that much.

7. Slaponi Zrmanje Waterfall

Slapovi Zrmanje Waterfall
Slapovi Zrmanje Waterfall / camping-simuni.hr

This incredible sight is what happens when one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, River Zrmanja, has quite an abrupt fall at one point, which turned it into an even more impressive site to visit simply because of how shocking it can be to anyone that isn’t accustomed to seeing waterfalls like this.

What we mean here is that you need to get ready because there are a total of 12 cascades in here and they’re quite intense and loud from up close.

While the other waterfalls on our list can be quite peaceful to sit next to, this one’s got quite a bite to it, and while it can still be very comforting to sit next to, don’t stray too close to it, for your own safety.

8. Sastavci Waterfalls

Sastavci Waterfalls
Sastavci Waterfalls / Agnieszka Mordaunt / unsplash.com

The Sastavci Waterfalls may not be the most famous waterfalls in the world, they may not even be the main attraction site in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but we still wholeheartedly believe that they deserve a spot on our list simply because of how incredible they can really be from up close.

Just look at how beautiful this gets, it’s a 85-foot tall waterfall and on top of all of that, it’s also situated around 256 feet high, making this a treacherous and quite adventurous site to visit with your friends or your loved ones.

9. Kotli Waterfall

Kotli Waterfall
Kotli Waterfall / croatiaweek.com

Do you remember all of those Instagram pictures featuring that signature green and clear water that the influencers would swim around in? Well, if you want a similar experience then you have got to head on over to the Kotli waterfall because this is one of the best sites in the world for that.

On top of all of that, the site is also especially well maintained because it does represent the main source of power and water to the small village’s cottage industries, making it an important landmark that you absolutely cannot miss out on.

10. Veliki Slap

Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap / wikipedia.org

We can actually describe this waterfall the exact same way that everyone else has been doing it for years now, and that is through its aptly picked nickname: “The Big Fall”.

This is a fan favorite for sure because the people that have actually visited the site themselves claimed to have done this over and over again over the years as it is simply put too irresistible not to.

It features a falling span of over 250 feet and on top of that it is incredibly serene and beautiful, just look at that clear and clean water!

11. Gologoricki Dol Waterfall

Gologoricki Dol Waterfall
Gologoricki Dol Waterfall / Facebook

You can find this waterfall around 3 miles from the town of Cerovlje, and if you can, we would highly recommend that you visit it during the summer over any other season simply because that’s when the waterfall reaches its peak in terms of beauty and calmness.

And best of all, during the summer you can actually just go right ahead and take a dip in the pool at the foot of it, making it an incredible site to visit with your friends during the hottest season of all. Make sure to take lots of pictures too, you’ll want to remember this for sure.

12. Strbacki Buk Waterfall

Strbacki Buk Waterfall
Strbacki Buk Waterfall / wallpapers13.com

You can find the Strbacki Buk on the Una River and if you do, we highly recommend that you take in the scenery for a second because it really is one of the most beautiful and calming sites in the whole world.

We’re talking about a nearly 80-foot large waterfall here, one of the largest in the area for sure and by far one of the most gorgeous ones too simply because of how much greenery there is everywhere you look.

You have a ton of mossy rocks just displaying the charming nature of this site. On top of that, you can also find one of the many benches that have been placed all around the place to make it easier to take in the scenery.

We also recommend visiting the nearby Orthodox Church if you want to make your visit there even more memorable.

13. Pevalekovi Slap

Pevalekovi Slap
Pevalekovi Slap / TripAdvisor

Despite being an incredible waterfall that really shocks everyone that comes up to it, the Pevalekovi Slap is actually not as popular as you’d think mainly because not everyone knows about its existence.

It is actually hidden deep into the Plitvice Lakes National Park, making it quite hard to find if you’re just walking around the site aimlessly trying to find something to visit.

Despite this we highly recommend that you go ahead and visit it whenever you’re there because it is quite a wonderful sight to behold. It is around 50 feet tall and the pool that was created directly below it is majestic to say the least.

14. Sopot Waterfall

Sopot Waterfall
Sopot Waterfall / central-istria.com

If you’re looking for a breathtaking waterfall that will leave you with your jaw dropped to the ground then you absolutely need to visit the Sopot Waterfall as soon as possible.

What really makes this waterfall stand out is definitely its location, you literally have this beautiful natural work of art placed on the side of a canyon which gives it a sense of grandeur that you’ll rarely find anywhere else on this planet.

15. Zarecki Krov Waterfall

Zarecki Krov Waterfall
Zarecki Krov Waterfall / TripAdvisor

This may look deceivingly like any other waterfall out there but on closer inspection you can see right away just why this is such a popular vacation spot for so many people all around the globe.

Sure, it’s not the largest waterfall in the world, it’s not even the largest waterfall in Croatia for that matter, but what it lacks in size it definitely more than makes up through its overall beauty.

This 30-foot-tall waterfall excels in literally looking like something out of a Disney film simply by the fact that it is placed right on top of a massive cave opening which makes it look enchanting to say the least.

And yes, before you ask, you are allowed to swim in it which makes it an incredible spot to visit during summer. Simply call your friends and organize a picnic here, you won’t regret it in the slightest.

16. Butori Ponor Waterfalls

Butori Ponor Waterfalls
Butori Ponor Waterfalls / jakaivancic.si

The Ardila river has already been established as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, so the fact that a waterfall that came out of it is just as world class as it shouldn’t come off as a surprise to anyone.

The Butori Ponor Waterfalls is a beautiful site that you will find in the perfect spot for a waterfall and that is an incredibly gorgeous rural side of the country that has not been modernized in the slightest over the past couple of years now.

This makes the view here incredible, being at the center of it all makes you feel like you’re one with the universe, and while it can get quite loud, the sounds of the birds and the trees rustling away in the wind are surely going to make this visit worthwhile.

17. Manojlovački Slapovi Waterfall

Manojlovački Slapovi Waterfall
Manojlovački Slapovi Waterfall / photohound.co

You will be able to find the Manojlovački Slapovi waterfall inside of the Krka National Park, and once you’re in there you will instantly be drawn to it simply because of its size alone.

This is a 195.5-foot-tall cascade that will leave you speechless and on top of that, it also makes for a very beautiful and small pool that you can dip around in during the summer season.

18. Butoniga Waterfall

Butoniga Waterfall
Butoniga Waterfall / summitpost.org

Despite the fact that this reservoir was actually constructed back in 1988 mainly just to power up the surrounding towns and provide them with a much-needed water supply, the site soon overflew because they had too much water to control.

Because of this, what we can see here now is one of the most beautiful man-made waterfalls in the world.

While you are not actually allowed to swim or fish in the lake, you can still take some incredible pictures here which will literally shock all of your followers and that’s a fact. Just look at how beautiful this site is, what’s there not to love about it?

19. Slapovi Mrežnice Waterfalls

Slapovi Mrežnice Waterfalls
Slapovi Mrežnice Waterfalls / dianashealthyliving.com

You can find this incredible waterfall along the Mrežnice River from the Karlovac County and while not the largest nor the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, it does offer a lot for the lovers of water sports.

If you want to get your adrenaline pumping then come on over here and do some tricks while taking some pictures, the experience will literally stay with you forever. And, if you want to you can also visit the nearby forests to take in the beautiful serenity of the wilderness.

20. Sopotski Slap

Sopotski Slap
Sopotski Slap / Youtube

The Sopotski Slap is quite a large natural formation to say the least, ranging at around 40 meters in height and what’s even better about it is that it actually has three different cascades running out of it which all twinkle in the sunlight making for an incredible view.

Once you’re done with the waterfall you can also put on your hiking boots and start walking through the nearby forests too, while there aren’t all that many animals around, the site can still make for some incredible pictures if you’re interested in that sort of stuff.


So, with that being said, you should know by now which of these sites you wish to visit. While they’re all worth the money in our honest opinions, we can still say that we are a bit biased for some of them as we’ve simply put found them a lot more engaging for what we were personally looking for from them.

But regardless, we would like to formally thank you for reading and most importantly, we wish you good luck ahead as you make your choice on which of these beautiful sites you wish to visit. Remember, there are no bad options here, so take your time and find the perfect one for you and your family.

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About Alex Moretti

Adventure junkie, content creator and storyteller, Alex left his nine-to-five career lifestyle to become a full time world traveler. He started his journey to the unknown 5 years ago and visited more than 30 countries and 400 cities ever since. Learn more about Placeaholic's Editorial Process.

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