About Šibenik Šibenik lies almost in the middle of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, in the picturesque and indented bay around the mouth of the river Krka, one of the most beautiful Karst rivers in Croatia. Today Šibenik is the administrative, political, economic, social and cultural center of a county which stretches along the 100 kilometer long belt between the Zadar and Split Rivieras, reaching up to 45 kilometers deep into the hinterland.

The Šibenik region covers about 1,000 square kilometers and is composed of an island and a coastal region, and its hinterland. The county of Šibenik has 242 islands, islets and rocks. Most of this archipelago lies in the north-west part of Šibenik's waters and is very indented, bare and sparsely inhabited. The county of Šibenik has only 10 island settlements. The most numerous group of islands are the Kornati, widely known for their bizarre shapes and luxurious and magnificent landscapes.

From Šibenik bay the open sea and the islands are reached through a narrow winding channel about 10 kilometers long and 300 - 1200 meters wide. Although the coastal belt of the Šibenik region reaches only several kilometers inland, to the Trtar mountain chain and Mt. Svilaja in the south-east, 66 % of all its population lives here. After World War II it went through very rapid urbanization. Almost all the production edacities, business activity and strength of the Šibenik county are concentrated here.

This region is characterized by limestone mountain crests (the Trtar chain stretches towards the south-east, and in front of it is the lower Šibenik-coastal chain), small valleys (Gornje and Donje polje) and plateaus - the bases of agriculture. The vegetation is mostly spruce in the hinterland, and maquis on the coast and islands. The Šibenik region has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers cooled by the maestral breeze, and dry winters.



NP Krka (15 km from Šibenik) The park can be toured from the water, by road or on foot. It is possible to take an organised boat trip and see Skradinski buk from Skradin, together with the islet of Visovac and Roški slap from the moorings above Skradinski buk. All the public routes marked on the map are open to motor vehicles, except those that are in the pedestrian zones of Skradinski buk, Visovac and Krka Monastery, which can be viseted only by bus or by Krka National Park boats.
A circular sightseeing tour of Skradinski buk. Enjoy walking over the bridges that follow the course of the waterfalls, and viewing the wealth of flora and fauna. Presentation exhibitions open for visitors include: ethno collection, mills, wicker clothes basket, columns, weaving loom, souvenir shop.

This 2 hour organized boat tour leaves from Skradinski buk and includes: a ride through the Krka River canyon, a visit to the Franciscan monastery, a half-hour tour of the churches and museums and a tour of the island.

This 4 hour tour includes: a visit to Visovac, a ride upstream through the Krka River canyon to the waterfalls. Once we arrive at the Roski Waterfall, enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna, and the presentation exhibits at the mills: mill, wicker clothes basket, loom, souvenir shop, presentation centre. The boat leaves from the dock at Skradinski buk.

NP Kornati (35 km from Šibenik) Few places in the Mediterranean concentrate so much of what the modern tourist needs for a complete rest on such a relatively small area, as do the Kornati Islands. The Kornati are the densest island group in the Adriatic, with small fields, hidden oases of large-crowned pines and olives, quiet and sheltered bays ideal for escape from the noise and worry of civilization.
Cultural traces of past centuries, scattered throughout the rocks of this now so peaceful stone desert, are proof of permanent and restless life in this region. The Kornati are both tame and wild, they tempt and entice tourists to come and enjoy complete peace and forget everyday life here, so close to the city bustle and yet so far away, surrounded by breathtaking countryside, and to feel the vast strength of Nature in her original form.

The Kornati Islands lie between the Zadar, Biograd and Šibenik Islands. They are situated between Dugi otok, Lavdara, Pašman, Vrgada, Murter and Žirje. The islands stretch parallel with the Dinaric Mountains from Dugi otok to the end of Kurba Vela and include 148 islands, islets and rocks - alt together 35 km long and about 13 km wide. They were named after the biggest island, Kornat.

During the centuries the Kornati passed from Croatian rulers to the Venetians and to Zadar nobles, and after the abolition of feudalism their masters became farmers from Murter, Betina and Sali. The Venetians and uskok pirates burnt and plundered them, and so did the Nazi-Fascists in the World War II. Chapel of The Visitation (Gospino Pohodenje), on the naked hill of Tarac, (the island of Kornat) is already mentioned in the 10th century. It served for the shelter of fishermen and hermits.