Šibenik, one of the oldest Dalmatian towns and the center of Šibenik-Knin County, is rightly considered one of the most beautiful and best places to live on the Adriatic. Thanks to its many natural beauties and rich history, for years it has been an inspiration and source of interest for many tourists in love with this area. Šibenik is located in the central Adriatic, around the Šibenik Bay and where the Krka River enters the sea, and even its two buildings are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. First is the Cathedral of St. Jakov, according to many the most beautiful buildings in Croatia, completely built of stone. Other one is the Fortress of St. Nikola, located at the entrance to the Channel of St. Ante, which was built to protect Sibenik and its port from the sea, and the mouth of the river Krka all the way to Skradin.
Besides them, there are numerous other cultural and historical sights of the city. Fortress Barone, Fortress of St. Mihovil, the old town, Aquarium Šibenik, Fortress of St. Ivan, numerous churches, museums, galleries, the Croatian National Theater in Šibenik, Children’s Festival, Festival of Klapa, the falconry center Dubrava are just some of the tourist attractions of the city. In addition to its incredible historical significance, Šibenik is known for its stunning natural beauty and unique tourist offer. As many as two national parks are located in the county, Krka and Kornati, and many islands such as Žirje, Zlarin, Krapanj, Kaprije, Prvić, Tijat and many others and beautiful beaches on the crystal clear Adriatic Sea make it the right choice for all travelers who want to experience authentic Dalmatia.
Channel of St. Ante is a real natural phenomenon, it is 2500 meters long and represents a maritime entrance to the city. It protects the entrance to the Sibenik Bay, and offers a beautiful panoramic view of Šibenik on one side and the Fortress of St. Nikola and the Sibenik archipelago on the other. Do not hesitate at all, Šibenik is definitely worth exploring.
Skradin is a small Mediterranean town, extremely rich and long history and located about 15 km from Sibenik. Thanks to its position at the entrance to the Park and the ACI marina Skradin, Skradin is a favorite Dalmatian destination of many nautical enthusiasts and an unavoidable destination for family tourism. From Skradin you can take a boat and explore one of the most amazing National Parks in the Europe.
Long narrow cobbled streets surrounded by colorful and stone houses in a row, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary located on the Mala Gospa square, Turina Fortress, the Church of St. Jerome and the Church of St. Spyridon, one of the most beautiful marinas in Croatia, waterfalls Krka National Park, amazing views from the shore of the Krka Bridge, local beaches, authentic Skradin specialties of continental and Mediterranean cuisine, and the hospitality of the local people will be enough to make you feel that you belong here. A place where the river kisses the sea, a place where everyone feels at home. Skradin.
National Park Krka and Prokljan Lake
Krka National Park is located in central Dalmatia, in Sibenik-Knin County, and named after the river Krka, which is part of the Park. With its seven amazing waterfalls is a natural karst phenomenon that will bring you down at first sight. These are the tufa cascades of the Krka river and that 7 magnificent waterfalls are Bilušića buk, Brljan, Manojlovac, Rošnjak, Miljacka slal, Roški slap and Skradinski buk. National Park Krka was declared a Park in 1985., and its numerous lakes and waterfalls delight many visitors every year. The most famous and largest waterfall is certainly Skradinski buk, below which is the hydroelectric power plant Jaruga, the oldest in Europe, and was built in 1895. Swimming under Skradinski buk is an invaluable experience, but due to the preservation of natural beauty, it is prohibited from 2021.
Apart from Skradinski buk, one of the most famous waterfalls is certainly the Roški slap, known for its numerous mills, lush vegetation and small cascades (so-called “Necklaces”). It is a real magic to watch how the Krka descend dramatically into Lake Visovac at this place, but in the middle of Lake Visovac is one of the most impressive views of the Park. On the small island, also called Visovac, that floats in the embrace of the most beautiful green-blue water, there is a church and a Franciscan monastery that has been there since 1445. Visovac is rich in many plant species and if you come across a peacock you will feel like you are in the frame for a perfectly furnished postcard. If you like history, the monastery museum and rich library will tell you the stories of some past times. And the time on this island seems to have stopped. At the best moment.
So much can be said about the Park, but it is most faithful to visit it and allow every cascade, every cave and every rocky winding path to tell its story. You will be amazed.
Prokljan Lake is the second largest lake in Croatia and it is also part of the Krka National Park. It is located in the lower course of the river Krka, and connected to the port of Šibenik by a narrow Prokljan Channel. The island of Stipanac is only island in the lake and here you can see the remains of the Church of St. Stephen. Interesting is that sea water and the water of the river Krka mix in the lake, which is why the highest quality mussels in Croatia are grown there (at least that is what the locals say). Four authentic Dalmatian places have found refuge along the shores of the fairytale Lake Prokljan, it is Skradin, Bilice, Raslina and Zaton. In one part of the lake there is a small canal through which the river Guduća flows into the lake and this special habitat for spawning is prohibited for any fishing. There are some efforts to rename Prokljansko Lake due to its properties into the Prukljansko Sea, but whatever its name is, rowing through its mysterious bays at sunset is a breathtaking sight.