The Krka National Park with its stunning waterfalls has been one of our favorite destinations when we sail in Croatia.
Located upriver from the historic city of Sibenik, it definitely is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Whereas “normal” tourists travel there by car or bus, we do the trip motorsailing up the river, through a canyon and across a lake before reaching the small village of Skradin with its history reaching back to the Roman times and beyond.
Skradin has excellent marina facilities operated by ACI. You either dock at the marina or take a buoy across the river where the swans will come beg for food.
From Skradin you can hike or bike to the Krka falls or you take one of the gullet ferries.
Hiking through the forest surrounding the falls or when swimming in the cool fresh water with hundreds of small fish darting to-and-fro around you, you do not realize that this magical place was the location of the second oldest hydro-electric plant in the world. It opened on August 28, 1895, only two days after the one at Niagara Falls. Pieces of the old turbine can still be seen there.
It was the brainchild of Nikola Tesla the incredible genius and constant nemesis of Thomas Edison.
Tesla, an ethnic Serb, was born in Smiljanin in what is now Croatia when it was still part of the Austrian Empire. He was the brain behind the development of the alternating current and, when he arrived in the States, he teamed up with Westinghouse.
His invention of the polyphase alternate current was used during the 1893 Chicago World Fair to supply power to the lighting of the show and the functioning of several electric motors.
Tesla died in the United States in 1943 but his final resting place is in Belgrade, Serbia.
History, culture and gastronomy combined with fun flotilla sailing makes for unique vacations experiences.
Although the so-called pandemic has ruined our plans for for 2020, we are looking forward to returning to all these interesting places with old and new sailing friends in 2021.
In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!
Capt. Jean De Keyser