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Mesmerising images show the beauty of the country’s rivers and waterfalls

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Thanks to Game of Thrones and its mesmerising medieval beauty, Dubrovnik gets all of the attention in Croatia.

But these amazing photos show how there’s plenty more in the country that’s capable of bewitching visitors – namely its rivers and waterfalls.

They were snapped by Croatian biologist-turned-photographer Goran Šafarek, who has been exploring the waterways of his home country for the past 10 years.

His fascinating images include the wild cascades and canyons of the Krka River, the jaw-dropping source of the Cetina River and the majestic Drava River – one of the last remaining lowland rivers in Europe.

Goran told Talkmoreblog: ‘Maybe no other European country has such diverse, yet so preserved rivers as Croatia. Its rivers are undoubtedly one of its most important features. They include murky and slow lowland rivers that flood vast floodplains through to short and fast mountainous rivers that flush down rapids.’ 

Scroll down to be whisked away by the breath-taking images… 

This jaw-dropping picture shows the Visovac Monastery, which stands on an island in the lower part of the Krka River. It was established in 1445 and is still home to monks today

This jaw-dropping picture shows the Visovac Monastery, which stands on an island in the lower part of the Krka River. It was established in 1445 and is still home to monks today 

A great canyon along the Krka River in Croatia. The river flows for 45 miles from Dinara Mountain to the Adriatic Sea

A great canyon along the Krka River in Croatia. The river flows for 45 miles from Dinara Mountain to the Adriatic Sea 

A bridge crosses the Skradinski Buk waterfall in Krka National Park. This waterfall is the longest on the Krka River

A bridge crosses the Skradinski Buk waterfall in Krka National Park. This waterfall is the longest on the Krka River 

The mighty canyon at the confluence of the Krupa and Zrmanja rivers. Goran said: 'Rivers are oases of life containing preserved biotopes with rare and endangered species'

The mighty canyon at the confluence of the Krupa and Zrmanja rivers. Goran said: ‘Rivers are oases of life containing preserved biotopes with rare and endangered species’ 

The Cetina River cuts through the landscape in the Dalmatia area of Croatia. The Cetina is popular with thrill-seekers taking part in rafting and canyoning

The Cetina River cuts through the landscape in the Dalmatia area of Croatia. The Cetina is popular with thrill-seekers taking part in rafting and canyoning 

The bright blue waters at the source of the Kupa River in Risnjak National Park in northern Croatia. It is surrounded by cliffs covered in striking green forest

The bright blue waters at the source of the Kupa River in Risnjak National Park in northern Croatia. It is surrounded by cliffs covered in striking green forest 

A summer shot of the Cetina River. Goran says that in the warmer months when the sun is shining, it almost looks like the African savanna

A summer shot of the Cetina River. Goran says that in the warmer months when the sun is shining, it almost looks like the African savanna

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This stunning shot shows a confluence of the Mura and Drava Rivers near Croatia's border with Hungary. Goran has been exploring Croatia's rivers for 10 years

This stunning shot shows a confluence of the Mura and Drava Rivers near Croatia’s border with Hungary. Goran has been exploring Croatia’s rivers for 10 years 

A stunning shot showing the sun rising over the Drava River - one of the last remaining lowland rivers in Europe

A stunning shot showing the sun rising over the Drava River – one of the last remaining lowland rivers in Europe

An old watermill stands on the banks of the Mirna River. It is the longest river in the Istria region of Croatia at 33 miles long

An old watermill stands on the banks of the Mirna River. It is the longest river in the Istria region of Croatia at 33 miles long

Goran says this amazing aerial picture shows the source of the Cetina River, which is more than 150 metres deep

Goran says this amazing aerial picture shows the source of the Cetina River, which is more than 150 metres deep 

This dramatic shot shows a flooded Danube River. The river is the second-longest in Europe and also flows through eight other countries as well as Croatia

This dramatic shot shows a flooded Danube River. The river is the second-longest in Europe and also flows through eight other countries as well as Croatia 

The sun rises over the Mreznica River, which has a total of 93 waterfalls. Goran describes this river as 'dreamy'

The sun rises over the Mreznica River, which has a total of 93 waterfalls. Goran describes this river as ‘dreamy’ 

A stunning waterfall cascades down the Krcic River
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The fast-flowing rapids on the Cetina River

A stunning waterfall cascades down the Krcic River, left. Pictured right are the fast-flowing rapids on the Cetina River 

Fast flowing water on the Kamacnik River in northern Croatia. Goran said: 'Maybe no other European country has such diverse, yet so preserved rivers as Croatia'

Fast flowing water on the Kamacnik River in northern Croatia. Goran said: ‘Maybe no other European country has such diverse, yet so preserved rivers as Croatia’ 

The delta of the Neretva River, which also flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina. It flows for a total of 140 miles

The delta of the Neretva River, which also flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina. It flows for a total of 140 miles 

One of the huge sandbars that can be found on the Drava River. The Drava is 450 miles long and also flows through Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary

One of the huge sandbars that can be found on the Drava River. The Drava is 450 miles long and also flows through Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary 

An aerial shot showing the mesmerising cascades on the Krka River. Goran says that the Krka is full of wild waterfalls and canyons

An aerial shot showing the mesmerising cascades on the Krka River. Goran says that the Krka is full of wild waterfalls and canyons

Goran said: 'In today’s world, rivers are often the only centres of biodiversity. Just take a look at Europe, which was urbanised long time ago.' Pictured are cascades on the Krka River

Goran said: ‘In today’s world, rivers are often the only centres of biodiversity. Just take a look at Europe, which was urbanised long time ago.’ Pictured are cascades on the Krka River 

  • To see more of Goran’s work visit his Instagram page and YouTube channel. 

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