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Šibenik riviera is located in central Dalmatia
and covers the area of 2939km 2 which encompasses 5 towns: Šibenik,
Drniš, Knin, Skradin and Vodice. The area of the Riviera is physically
divided into two parts by the cut in canyon of the rivers Krka i Čikola
as well as the Prokuljan lake and Šibenik canal. The river Krka is
at the same time the link that has always connected the north and
central Dalmatia into a single whole – Šibenik riviera.
city of Šibenik, with its 42000 inhabitants
is the municipal centre characterised by its unique setting on the
hills on the northern side of a very picturesque and wide bay at the
mouth of the river Krka connected to the sea with St Anthony canal.
Šibenik was founded by Croats more than 1000 years ago, and is therefore
the oldest autochthonous Croatian city on the east Adriatic coast.
The city of Šibenik is located on significant traffic routes and good
traffic connections enable direct communication. The most important
road is the Adriatic tourist road with branching roads to Drniš (33km),
and the interior of Cratia. Other important traffic route
is railway route to Zagreb and Split . Airtraffic goes over the ‘'
Split '' airport in Kaštela (45km) and airport Zemunik about 50 km
away from Šibenik.
Vodice are widely known for their
tourist offer, entertainment and hospitable locals. The harmonly of
old dalmatian houses and narrow streets are a unique experience. A
baroque parish church, built in 1746, is situated in the centre of
the town. Vodice are today a modern tourist place with around 5000
inhabitants and numerous restaurants, cafés, wine cellars, ice-cream
shops, souvenir shops and snack bars.
National Parks of the
Šibenik riviera, NP Krka
and NP Kornati make Šibenik riviera an especially attractive tourist
destination. Due to a large number of islands, especially in the NP
Kornati nautical tourism has developed. There are 9 marines on the
area of the riviera today.
National Park Krka encompasses the area around
the river Krka which springs three kilometres north-east of Knin,
flows through a deep and picturesque canyon, 75 km in length and creates
noisy waterfalls – Krčić, Risnjak, Miljacka, Roški slap (26). The
famous Skradinski buk (Krka Waterfalls 46 m) ist the biggest limestone
barrier in Europe . The Lower Krka flows through Prokuljansko jezero,
flows into 9 kilometers long Šibenik bay. Two cultural-historical
monuments are of some importance in the National Park Krka: the Franciscan
monastery on the island of Visovac and Krka monastery, and of a whole
array of picturesque places, the most interesting is Skradin, a small
town protected as a cultural monument.
National Park Kornati is
one of the most indented group of islands in the Mediterranean . A
unique combination of 150 islands, islets and rocks strewed over the
central part of Adriatic sea is the bluest part of Adriatic sea where
the colour of the Kornati sea becomes prominent when contrasted to
the white rocky country of the islands. Because of its remarkably
clear sea, plenty of sun, numerous coves, bays and small harbours,
Kornati are an unavoidable destination for boaters on their wanderings
in the Adriatic and a good choice for modern robinsons. In NP Kornati
the most beautiful part od Croatian Adriatic is being protected since
1980. Borders of the National Park also include two thirds of the
island group known under a common name – Kornati.