KRKA CAVE AND KRKA RIVER
We planned to see Krka Cave (Krška Jama) and Krka River (Reka Krka)
One of the beauties of Slovenia. We were attracted by the fact that it was not one of the main tourist spots but when we got there realized that Slovenia’s popular television series Reka Ljubezni (The River Of Love) is shooting there. That is why in the last couple of years the region became very popular.
It springs at the Krka Cave at an altitude of 268 meters above the sea level and flows into the Sava near Brežice. It is especially attractive for the fishermen and the kayakers. Krka cave, in which the human fish lives, is 200 meters long, easily accessible and illuminate.
The longest and largest river flowing along the territory of Slovenia, Krka River, has numerous names. On its 111 km long route, it also features names such as “Dolenjska lepotica”, “Green Beauty” and also “peaceful beauty”.
Difficulty: Easy marked way
Equipment: Usual hiking equipment
Height: 272 m – height of the spring
Starting Height: 300 m
Altitude Difference: 124 m – the path is varied and repeatedly raised or lowered
Starting Point: We drove down the Dolenjska highway, branched of to Ivančna Gorica and continued towards Krka, Muljava, and Žužemberk. We rode the regional road. A few kilometers to Muljava we paid attention to the traffic sign, which lead us right towards Krka, Mlačev, and Grosuplje. Here we turned right. In front of us, we saw a large church of St. Cosmas in Krka. We sticked to the roads that lead us through the Krka to the churches where we parked.
Time: Krka settlement – the spring of Krka 40 minutes. Season: All Seasons.
We started from where the information boards and parking area at the Source of the Poltarica Creek
After a short walk, Source of the Poltarica Creek welcomed us then we crossed the bridge over the Poltarica Creek and walked along the path. One of the places where time has slowed down. We walked all the way and reached where Krka River and the cave are.
A cave tour is only possible with a tourist guide that takes you to the entrance cave. The cave is open from April to October.
Timing was perfect we spent some time at the riverside and examined Krka River. There they were selling jar of honey (from the village), keyholders and necklaces.
Honey is really quality and delicious in Slovenia. One of the oldest tradition in Slovenia is they produce their honey.
Then we entered as a small group into the cave…
Images in Stone
We walked along the cave as a small group towards the illuminated stage where they had had concerts there before Slovenian and Croatian musicians, e.g. choir singers at Christmas, Siddharta (2008), or Zlatan Stipišić Gibonni (2010).
We all listened to the guide Pinky very carefully when he talked to us about how the stones were taken from the cave in the 50s and 60s of the last century.
An eye-catching eye and a lot of imagination were observed at the guide when he began to show images on the rocks: an angel, a dog, an elephant… If we had stayed in the cave for some time, we would probably find them more. It is known that underground water is pumping at the time of the cisterns from the cave.
When we got out, the guide continued to fervently explain how and where they shoot Reka Ljubezni (Slovenia’s popular tv series) Apparently this series brought many Slovenians here.
Krka River Valley in History
As with every river, significant traffic connections were also carried out in the valley of Krka river in the east-west and north-south directions. According to some assumptions, these routes should have been used already in the pre-war period. During this period, the Sava Gorge was much less suitable or impassable, while other directions were less suitable.
In the lower course of the Krka River and in its vicinity, the ancient sites of the towns and cities and other settlements, and in antiquity, were also river resorts, perhaps bridges and ships, and reliably ports and road stations.
The river was also navigable with suitable vessels. In the Middle Ages, it was surrounded by feudal lords and the castles then later with mansions and monasteries. Crossing the river, Krka was suitable for taxis and for control points within the mandatory or prescribed routes that were introduced in the Middle Ages.
In the valley of Krka River and its immediate surroundings, there were about 65.
castles and manors in Valvasor’s times, many of which are not preserved or the remains are only protected. And that’s why the nickname “Valley of the Cities” was also grabbed in the past in Krka Valley.