DALMATIA, ŠIBENIK & KRKA

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!

MEET SKRADIN

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.

DELIGHT YOUR TASTE!

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 Šibenik-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 characteristics 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 flavors 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 flavors of a homeland. Embedded in local stories, people and cultural landmarks – you will be stunned. Our journey through the scents and flavors 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 Primošten 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 Bucavac 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 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.

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 Šibenik-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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