ŠIBENIK & KRKA
DALMATIA – ŠIBENIK
If you want to enjoy the true beauty of nature, experience the richness of cultural and historical monuments that date back centuries, with an exceptionally unbound and exciting coast, or explore the secrets of the hinterland, the right place for you is our region. Two national parks, Krka and Kornati, two protected cultural monuments on UNESCO’s list of world cultural heritage sites (the St. James Cathedral and the St. Nicholas Fortress), numerous islands and islets, monuments, archaeological sites, protected landscapes, both on the shore and beyond the coast – you are given countless opportunities for a real vacation. If you visit Šibenik’s hinterland, you will discover the historic fortresses around the Krka River, the archaeological sites of Burnum and Bribirska Glavica, as well as the locality of Danilo Rider with its prehistoric archaeological remains. You will feel the spirit of the Dalmatian village and experience the a forgotten way of life.
Explore the Dinara mountain range, Croatia’s highest mountain peak at 1.831 metres, by hike or work up your adrenaline on one of the many cycling trails, but be sure to visit the historic towns of Knin and Drniš, as well as the unique hydrothermal nature monument of the Cetina River.
Walking or jogging the Vrana Lake Nature Park trails will allow you to see a wide variety of rare birds’ species that inhabit the area. Continue on to the island of Murter and experience the authenticity of a fishing village. Follow the centuries-old drywall and olive tree groves and you will reach Tribunj and Vodice where you will find a rich gastronomic offer. Go a little further and you will reach the pearl of Dalmatia – the renaissance Sibenik, considered one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean, with its UNESCO protected St. James Cathedral from the 15th century and city fortress. One should not forget Primošten and Rogoznica – small fishing towns with numerous interesting legends and stories to tell.
Dalmatia – Sibenik is a region where you can enjoy a wide variety of offers – whether you want to stay along the coast and enjoy the sea air, or get to know the well-wooded hillside hinterland, its vineyards and olive tree groves. Whether you are looking for adrenaline inducing mountain climbing, are interested in exploring the Krka or Čikola River Canyons, or just want to enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate, with a pleasant temperature and a relatively small rainfall, this region makes an ideal vacation for you, no matter the time of year.
STEP INTO THE CULTURAL HERITAGE WITH US
Immerse yourself in antique and medieval history, stroll around preserved archaeological sites, explore imposing fortified strongholds, visit grand churches and monasteries, check out interesting ethnographic museums and exhibitions, and simply revel in cultural abundance that this county offers!
By being located at the crossroads of historical trade and military routes, the region was often defended against invading forces or influenced by their pervading culture, naturally embraced during the periods of their lengthy presence. Today’s rich and lasting legacy of the county has in a way developed from fortunate outcomes of otherwise unfortunate events, as local architecture and artwork were blending nicely with the patterns and designs of Roman, Turkish and Venetian masters.
Many important archaeological sites and distinctive secured strongholds, frequent hallowed and adorned churches of varied styles, as well as several colourful mona-steries and museums, thrill, enlighten and transport you back to the historic period of your choice!
PRUKLJAN LAKE SAILING TOUR
WITH VISITING MISTICAL ISLAND OF STIPANAC
Prukljan Lake is the setting of many legends inspired by the beauty and secrecy of nature. Connected to the Stipanac Island, is the folk legend of Gavan and his wife Ga- vanuša who demeaned a beggar by kicking him bread with her foot beneath the table, not knowing that he was an angel in disguise. For this harm, the Gavan Court, as well as Gavan and his wife, were sunk in the lake. Feel the spirit of the past admiring the still visible remains of the ancient church of Saint Stephen from the 12th century, from which the island got its name – Sti- panac. During the boat ride, take a look at the depths and you will see the path at the bottom of the bay that once connected the island with the mainland (which, according to legend, was not an island at all). Look for some hidden sign of ancient life from the time of the ancient Romans in the protected area of the Prukljan Bay.
Skradin is a town with narrow paved streets, passages, archways and stairs where the entire old town centre is a protected cultural monument. We will take you on a unique walk through the ancient Skradin, a romantic town where the Krka River dips into the Adriatic Sea. The tour starts at the Mala Gospa Square, named after the Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, or as locals call it, Mala Gospa, built in the late-baroque style. What is interesting about Skradin is its kampanel (church bell tower), which was raised on the closest cliff because of its weight. Built in 1872 by the former Skradin bishop, Antun Stjepan Trevisan, the tower is considered a symbol of this city. To make an impressive memory and take in one of the area’s most beautiful views, we will walk together to the medieval fort of Pavao Šubić Bribirski or Turin, built on the site of the old Liburnian fortress.
A WEEKEND OF SHIPS AND STONES
Discover the rich history of the island of Murter, the traditional values and facts about our region and the importance of preserving heritage. We will tell you how the inhabitants of the island of Murter used to live. We will introduce you to unique wooden shipbuilding, where a master shipbuilder will teach you about how the famous Betina gajeta (fishing sailboat) used to be made, possibly even organizing a small internal regatta on Latin sails. Leave your mark on nature by building your own drywall construction typical for this region. Taste the local specialties and wines in the spirit of traditional regional customs. We will take you back to the ancient Roman era by visiting a number of archaeological sites. Finally, go on a treasure hunt with us in a game of Geocaching. We will not look for gold, but hidden cache boxes found using GPS.
Discover a rich gastronomic diversity of the region, try elaborate traditional dishes, enjoy succulent continental meals, taste excellent seafood and light Dalmatian delicacies, appreciate colourful local sweets, savour superb wines and aromatic liqueurs, and take home with you a memorable gourmet experience! The gastronomic tradition of Šibe- nik-Knin County is widely known. The similarities with Italian and Turkish cuisine are quite obvious, which is connected to the long Venetian and Ottoman rule in this area during the Middle Ages. The main characte-ristics of local cuisine are fresh food and in most cases simple preparation, with not too much spices and aromatic plants (except parsley, garlic, onion and bay leaf), and it can be divided in two major varieties, the one connected to the coastal and insular part and the other characteristic for the continental part of the county.
MAGNIFICENT AND AUTHENTIC CROATIA
The most famous Croatian photographer Ivo Pervan says that Šibenik is the most photogenic city in the world. One can argue the whole region can be included in that statement – the waterfalls of the Krka National Park, the islands of the Kornati archipelago, the scents of the hinterland villages, all of which can be conveyed in photography. Our tour will not be lacking in the experiences and motives for countless photographs. We begin in Šibenik, in its old town core, with its great fortresses. The islands of Prvić and Zlarin exude the Mediterranean as it once was, and the same goes for their architecture and visuals. The magic of the Krka waterfalls is best experienced outside of the hot summer months, with plenty of water and the absence of tourists. Hidden secrets are kept in the villages, stone houses, drywall structures, local specialties and wines, eye catching and delicious foods. Accompanied by a tour and photo guide, you will have the opportunity to discover the best hidden photo locations that offer stories of a rich culture and gastronomy.
CROATIA – THE FLAVOURS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
In addition to being proud of Croatia’s natural beauty, Croatians are also very proud of their gastronomy. Based on the traditional, natural and healthy Mediterranean diet, this cuisine was recognized for its value by UNESCO, which has placed it on its list of non-material cultural heritage in 2013. Join us and we will introduce you to the genuine flavours of mysterious locations. We will provide you with a real and meaningful tie to the people, places, culture, food, heritage and environment by traveling through less frequent locations and routes on the charming Mediterranean islands of the Šibenik archipelago, on the coast and in the hinterland of Šibenik, allowing you to discover these hidden pearls of Croatia. You will enjoy our cuisine, wines and a good atmosphere, explore hidden corners, meet interesting people, and hear their stories. Far from the mask of civilization and uncompromising standardization of a tourist offer, you will become part of the true Dalmatia.
SCENTS AND FLAVOURS OF HOME
The Dalmatian Hinterland is known for its appealing delicacies, the best Croatian prosciutto, vintage cheeses and wines. Our journey will feature the alluring scents and flavours of a homeland. Embedded in local stories, people and cultural landmarks – you will be stunned. Our journey through the scents and flavours of the Dalmatian Hinterland is a gastronomic excursion through the hinterland of the towns of Knin and Drniš where the oldest heritage and tradition is maintained, going back eight centuries. The food on our menu is prepared traditionally: lamb is roasted or made ispod peke, cheese is made from sheep’s milk, and the most famous, world-recognized prosciutto of Drniš, bar none. If you would like to taste the fruits of the Krka River: fish, shellfish and crabs as well as wines and olive oil from the Skradin hinterland, we will indulge you and visit the local wine and oil makers, saving you a seat at the table with the best fish specialties of the region.
TRAILING OLIVES, WINES AND EXTRAORDINARY LOVELINESS
Our O’live good life programme is a mixture of all sensory experiences: the amazing beauty of untouched nature and cultural heritage, touching the water in the areas of the national parks, making contact with the nature, people… just being a part of the local daily life, treating yourself to the various tastes of a rich gastronomic experience. A river that plunges into the sea, a hinterland where the Mediterranean meets a truly unique cuisine that includes almost everything: fish specialties of both the river and sea variety, the famous Skradin risotto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Skradin cake, fruits and vegetables grown far from city pollution – so many reasons for you to visit! Picking olives is an ideal opportunity for people to work together. This is an opportunity to get away from everyday life, a place where real and effective relationships in the outdoors are built with the help of the soothing energy of the olive trees.
WINE ROADS OF PRIMOŠTEN
Babić is an indigenous Croatian type of grapevine that makes up 99% of the Pri- mošten are vineyards, growing grapes to make the famous Croatian wine, Babić. At the first mention of Babić, wine lovers mostly recall the images of the stone Pri- mošten lace from the location of Bucavac, often seen in various adverts. This image perfectly contours the conditions needed to cultivate this demanding sort of vine, to produce the majestic wine Babić. The Bu- cavac vineyard is the most famous place for Babić rearing. The picture of this vineyard is exhibited in the building of the United Nations as an ode to human labour. The Marin- ov winery in Vezac village will show you the way grapes are processed into wine, the process of production and preservation of the Babić wine. At Jurlin’s Court you will be presented with the ethnography and sacral collection of the Primošten area, granting you an insight into the traditional way of life in the Dalmatian hinterland.
WINE TOUR PLASTOVO
The treatment of soil and the exploitation of the surrounding river and marine resources has always been the core activity of the inhabitants of Skradin. Ancient sites the likes of the Roman Villa Rustica with remains of a wine press, and wine and olive pools illustrate this fact perfectly. Even before the Roman era, the great Liburniwn sailors had transported their products with Liburnian ships. By visiting the three indigenous winemakers of the Skradin hinterland – the Bibić family and the two Sladić families, you will enjoy both simple bites as well as assorted menus of dishes made from local foods, which draw from traditional food preparation methods, masterfully combined with local, indigenous wines of various types carefully selected to create a unique eno-gastro experience. You will feel the authentic nature of the Skradin region and the way its inhabitants live.
WINE OF THE HITERLAND
Sometimes, the best way to meet an area is through the wines it produces on smaller, family run wineries. You will bond with your local hosts through tastes and scents, making you feel at home. Bibich wine is a family wine cellar that has been producing wine for several generations. Their wines are on the wine lists of the world’s best restaurants. Beside the Bibich wine tasting, you will also experience several sensational molecular gastronomy dishes.
This is multi-day experience for true wine & travel lovers, to visit and to learn about our Šibenik region through the wine, combining the whole trip with the local tours as an addition for a full experience of our region. If you are planning to visit Šibenik – in 4 or more days, this experience is perfect to get the real image of the city and its region, through our wine, history and local life style! You will visit three wineries and all together you’ll try 13 locally produced wines! In addition, wine purchase is available at each winery.
This experience is set for minimum 2 and maximum 6 persons. Accommodation can also be arranged at best places in town.
BE NATURAL, BE ACTIVE!
Delight in fabulously tranquil environments found throughout the county, engage in all sorts of exciting outdoor activities and try some dynamic sports that you may not have tried before, while all along enjoying an amazing active vacation!
As in many other popular destinations for great active vacations, in Šibe- nik-Knin County one can find excellent conditions for trekking, hiking, biking and scuba diving. The region however offers much more variety and excitement, as well as numerous opportunities for vigorous enjoyment and energetic fun. Stirring natural marvels of the area almost urge you to take action and start exploring every nook and cranny of the imposingly rugged inland, the invitingly indented coast and the inspiringly intimate islands!
CYCLE AND SAILBOAT THROUGH THE HINTERLAND AND ACROSS ISLANDS
This is a unique combination of adventure and pleasure, experienced in the intimate atmosphere of the company of friends or family, sailing on our luxuriously equipped sailboats and visiting a new island or harbour every day! We will take you through the most beautiful parts of northern Dalmatia on waves and wheels. You will feel the blues of the island of Žirje, the furthest island of the Šibenik archipelago and a part of the Kornati island chain. Because of its geographic position, it has been the main maritime control center of this part of the Adriatic since ancient times, with a population of 103 inhabitants. You will be in awe of the breathtaking panoramas around you. From the highest Žirje peak, you will see the island of Vis, the Kornati National Park and the Šibenik archipelago. Enjoy cycling through the olive groves, experience the history and tradition enhanced by the enchanting virgin nature, and try the local food, wines and delicacies.
VIA DINARICA – TO THE TOP OF CROATIA
Mountain and nature lovers, you will identify with this adventure and the amazing experience of the beautiful Dinara, Croatia’s highest mountain and one of the most picturesque mountains of Dalmatia. The Dinaric massif, 20 kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide, rises above the town of Knin, letting beneath its impressive slopes the springs of the Krka River, Krčić and Cetina. Our journey will begin in the village of Mirkovići, from where we will continue toward the Brezovac mountain lodge, walking a total of six hours with several breaks, to finally reach Croatia’s highest peak – Sinjal at 1.831 metres. Climbing the top of Croatia and the top of Dinara, we will be pass flower meadows and forests, we may even encounter snow that sometimes keeps on the mountain peaks to the beginning of summer, even though the sea is a mere 50 kilometres away. After enjoying the panoramic views and a brief rest, we still have 3.5 hours of walking back to the starting point of our climb.
TIME TRAVEL IN DALMATIA
Discovering the Cetina River, visiting the Old Croatian Church there, climbing the fortress of the regal town of Knin, visiting the island of Visovac, playing balote and enjoying the “ispod peke” food prepared at a family run farm in the hinterland … sounds like someone has put together a playful package for grown-ups. But this is not a game! Jeep safari off road tours are an innovation on the Šibenik-Knin market. Apart from making our visitors happy, the aim is to help local communities, revitalize the Dalmatian hinterland, introduce tourists to the authentic culture without embellishing anything, and let them get to know Croatia as it really is: flourishing and poor, historically rich with a superb gastronomic and enological scene. Because we only work with small businesses, the presence of local is inevitable, so the authenticity of the scenes, food, character and ambience is complete.
The church of St. Saviour; tour of Knin and the Knin fortress; Bribirska glavica; visit to the island of Visovac and the Visovac viewpoint; tasting the traditional cuisine and wines in a local winery; Srima bunje, terra incognita
SKRADIN HINTERLAND ON TWO WHEELS
Skradin is a town with narrow paved streets, passages, archways and steps where the entire old city center is a protected cultural monument. At a glance, the peaceful shores of Skradin probably don’t reveal the secret of its city center and gastro culture, which is over 2000 years old. Discover with us parts of the past by exploring Skradin and its hinterland. Experience nature by visiting the protected Guduča ornithological reserve. Pleasantly cycling, we will pass by a large olive grove and one of the five oldest Croatian cemeteries dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries. We will climb down to Roški Waterfall, with its numerous cascades a spot of the Krka National Park that you cannot miss. We will view an old Roman road transiting across the waterfall, as well as a series of mills, stacks and washboards located on either side of the waterfall.
Departure from Skradin; ride through Bićane village, next to Prukljan lake; view of ornithological reserve Guduča, visitation of the Krka National Park, sightseeing Roš- ki waterfall, mills, old Croatian cemetery.
PANORAMA OD ŠIBENIK SURROUNDINGS
Join us on a unique cycling experience. The tour starts in Skradin, we then drive through Bukuć village and Bilice municipality towards Šibenik where we take a tour of the city. During the drive, you can enjoy the panorama of Prukljan Lake, the beautiful view of Bilice, and finally, at the gates of Šibenik – a unique view of the St. Anthony Channel, the mouth of the river Krka, and the old town center with its protecting fortress. While in Šibenik, your spare time will be a chance to explore the old city center, walk through the calandrum, meet some new-old cultural and historical monuments or perhaps visit the location where the fourth season of the popular Game of Thrones series was shot. Finally, you will bathe on the Banj beach that has a beautiful view of the Šibenik pearl cathedral.
CYCLING THROUGH ANCIENT TIMES
Archaeological sites are always interesting to visit and inspect. Even though they are sometimes made up of barely recognisable remains, it seems as though a spirit from the past speaks through them and we are at once closer to hearing the sounds of a life that used to be. Cycle with us to Danilo, the village under which lay the remains of the Roman settlement Rider. Our cycling tour leaves from Skradin towards Bukići and Gradina, and continues across Škalje- vice towards Danilo Gornji, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Croatia. There is a complex of a Roman villa, while the Gradina site features remains of dwellings and a fortification system dating back to prehistory and up to the Middle Ages. Danilo culture is associated with the riton – a decorated bowl with four legs with a large handle used in rites, while the whole Neolithic cultural circle is called Danilo culture. Come and hear the past!
Cycling Skradin – Bukići – Gradina – Škalje- vica – Danilo Gornje; sightseeing of the archaeological site (Roman villa, fortification).
Departure from Skradin, across Bukići village, Bilice municipality; visit to and sightseeing of Šibenik, observing the Prukljan Lake panorama, view of the St. Anthony Channel; bathing on the Banj beach.
HUNTING WITH A CAMERA ON THE KRKA RIVER
On this amazing excursion, we will go hunting – armed with a camera, and you will get the chance to see the most attractive spots of the Krka national park. We will be serving you a welcome drink, acquainting you with our guide and presenting the planned Skradin route. We will start with the Bribirska Glavica archaeological site, also known as Croatia’s Troy. In search of a good catch, we will pass by Roški Waterfall and climb the stairs to Oziđana cave. To rest, we will bathe for a half hour. Continuing, we will stop to see the beautiful island of Visovac. Before visiting Skradinski buk, the tallest Krka waterfall, we will see Bilušića buk and Brljan. To make the experience complete, we will return to Skradin by jeep or by boat. Upon return, you will assess your catch in numerous breathtaking photographs.
Sightseeing the Krka National Park (Skradin, Bribirska Glavica, Roški waterfall, Oziđana cave, Visovac, Skradinski buk, waterfall Manojlovac, Roman amphitheater Burnum, forts Nečven, Trošenj and Ključi- ca); ride by jeep or by boat.
VRANA LAKE DAY TOUR
Vrana Lake Nature Park is one of 11 nature parks in Croatia. This lake is actually a karst field filled with water, which is a rare example of a cryptodepression. It is also the largest natural lake in Croatia. As such, it is a home to more than 235 different bird species. Krka National Park is the seventh national park in Croatia known for its numerous lakes and waterfalls. It was named after the river Krka, which is a part of the National Park. The river Krka today has 7 travertine waterfalls and its beauty is a natural karst phenomenon. We recommend a visit in the spring and summer when you can marvel at its full splendour. The island of Prvić is beautiful and serene. Its streets are narrow, curvy and steep. Its stone houses will surely capture your attention with their specific details, while telling the same story. Karst, rocks, unique tracks. The island with its two settlements, Šepurine and Prvić Luka, was first mentioned in the 11th century.
FORTRESSES & DEFENSE system OF ŠIBENIK –PRIVATE HERITAGE TOUR
This interesting tour is to get a deeper look into the city’s fortification and defensive system through out the centuries. You’ll learn about hisotry and construction of three forts in town: Barone, St. John’s and St. Michael’s fortress. Meet your guide at Barone fortress where you will have a complete view on fortification system of old town, and from that point find out all about construction of two fortresses: Barone and St. John in 17th century. Continue your tour downhill toward the main city square Poljana, from where you’ll get a chance to see remains of old fortification walls. The walk continues through main street Kalelarga, up to final destination, St. Michael’s Fortress, the oldest one in town.
UNESCO ŠIBENIK – PRIVATE TOUR BY BOAT
Did you know that Šibenik is the only town in Croatia having even two UNESCO monuments? You are definitely at the right place if you are interested in knowing more about our history and heritage. On this tour you will get a chance to learn about St. James Cathedral, our most popular attraction and beautiful monument from Renaissance period. Cathedral has been on UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000. Second UNESCO site you will visit from your boat is famous St. Nicholas Fortress, at the entrance of the town, from the sea side. It was built by Venetians to defend our town from Turkish invasions. Tour takes maximum 2 hrs and option is to book it for afternoon, between approx 6 pm – 8 pm, to have nice sunset atmosphere along the bay.
DALMATIA CITY HOPPING – PRIVATE TOUR
Great way to combine beautiful Dalmatian inland with Dalmatian coast by visiting charming town of Skradin, settled on river Krka, and afterwards heading toward the coast, to historic town of Trogir and to our biggest Dalmatian town, town of Split as our final destination.
On this private tour you will visit three old Dalmatian cities, passing through two Dalmatian regions (Šibenik and Split counties). Your guide and a driver will pick you up in a comfortable car by your hotel to start your City Hopping Adventure for the day! First, you’ll head toward town of Skradin, small town on river Krka, locally known for delicious cuisine and as a wine region! You’ll have a short tour through the town and some free time for the coffee break or souvenir shopping. After Skradin, next stop is town of Trogir and its historic UNESCO city center. With your guide, you will learn about the highlights of the town and you will be offered to stay in Trogir for a lunch. After Trogir, we meet our driver again, and we head to the biggest Dalmatian town, fantastic town of Split! After a tour with a guide through the town and Diocletian’s Palace, you will have free time in Split.
Fairytale tourist agency offers you an unforgettable guided quad /atv safari adventure. Enjoy our guided adrenaline ride, explore beautiful nature and cultural heritage of Vodice area, and enjoy traditional dalmatian food and vines!
Our daily excursion is far more than pure two hour ride, because we will reveal you nume-rous secrets of this area, inhabited from ancient history. After two hour off road adrenaline ride, relax yourself in unique ambient of konoba “Karmelski dvori”, enjoy traditional dalmatian specialties, prosciutto and cheese, together with some astonishing dalmatian wines.
DOLPHIN WATCHING – MURTER-KORNATI
Starting with a welcome drink, the boat departs from Murter towards Kornati, in its search of dolphins. Sailing the Murter aqua- torium, all your senses will be engaged in finding the dolphins while visiting all locations where those exquisite creatures usually play. After the dolphins decide to greet us, the real fun of watching them play begins. If you are lucky, maybe they will tell you a story in their language.
After enjoying your time with dolphins, you can have a refreshing swim in the crystal-blue sea of the Kornati aquatorium.
FAMILY ECO TOUR
This Family Eco Tour will give you an additional experience at your seaside holiday. A visit to a one of a kind Falconry Center in the little village Dubrava, just 8 km away from the centre of Šibenik will be an unforgettable experience for everyone wanting to feel a breeze of wilderness and adventure by getting to know the mysterious life of sky hunters – falcons. Visitors will see a special program where they will enjoy observing the beauty of falcons flying and have them so close to see them eye to eye. A special place in this Falconry Center is an ambulance for birds that helps all wounded, sick or starved birds that need help with surviving in the nature. Visit a place where Croatian medieval falconry was born and where a lot of falcon trainers have learned their expertise.
After the visit to Falconry centre we will be taking you to a horse farm where you can continue enjoying the nature far away from the city heat and try horse riding on. For the end of this beutiful day we’ll enjoy in domestic food and relaxed ambiance of the traditional Croatian household.
CORAL ISLANDS – ZLARIN & KRAPANJ
The islands of Krapanj and Zlarin are a part of the Šibenik Riviera and are certainly one of the most beautiful small inhabited islands in Croatia. The island of Krapanj is known as being the lowest island on the Mediterranean (only 1.5 m above sea level). It is also known for its traditional sponge harvesting and processing. The island is also home to St. Cross Monastery, where you can visit a small museum of sponges, corals, amphorae and antique dishes.
The island of Zlarin, located in the immediate vicinity of the island of Krapanj, is known for its rich Mediterranean vegetation (Aleppo pine, figs, cherries, wild raspberries…) and the longest island waterfront in Croatia (101,5 m). On the island of Zlarin you can also see a demonstration of traditional coral (sea plant) jewellery manufacturing, but what you will remember the most is, above all, the charm that this island boasts.