Šibenik is historic town in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the River Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Everyone who visited Šibenik had a similar comment, which was: “Šibenik is a place where you do not feel as a stranger at all”. And I would describe Šibenik as friendly place with reach history, a lot of perfect sights, filled with tranquility and peace and placed on the best strategical position for having a great adventure. Šibenik is a beautiful place, a lot of to do and to visit in the city itself, but a vast of opportunities is waiting just outside of the city.
Šibenik is placed in the picturesque and indented bay where the Krka River, one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Croatia enters the sea. Šibenik today, is the administrative, political, economic, social and cultural centre of the County of Šibenik and Knin which extends along the 100 kilometre long coastline between the Zadar and Split Rivieras, extending up to 45 kilometres into the hinterland area, at the bottom of Dinara mountain. Šibenik was the first native town which, besides Korčula, has remained untouched as it was a hundred years ago and it is not infected by tourism. Šibenik is there for tourists, but not because of tourists, which means that if you visit Šibenik you’ll experience life in Šibenik as it is, its inhabitants will treat you as their guest and not a client.
I won’t carry on now about all beauties in the city as Cathedral of St. James, aquarium, Banj beach, city museum, the museum of Sacral Arts, the City Hall, and much more.
I want to speak about Šibenik as a strategical point for a great adventure. I’ll explain this statement just by listing a few near by “must see” places:
- National Park Kornati
- National Park Krka
- Channel of St Anthony
Now consider that in those three places is a vast of things to do, attractions to see, specialties to taste, sights to visit, suitable for every taste. And all this placed in an environment which will knock socks of even from the most demanding visitor.
National park Krka
Including the submerged part of the river at the mouth, the Krka River is 72.5 km long, making it the 22nd longest river in Croatia. It springs in the foothills of the Dinara mountain range, 2.5 km northeast of Knin. With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of this river. The need to legally protect the Krka River and its exceptional natural values was already recognized in the mid 20th century. The initiative to proclaim the Krka River a national park was again launched in 1971, with the drafting of a physical plan entitled Krka National Park: physical development plan. On 24 January 1985, the Parliament of the Socialist Republic of Croatia proclaimed the area covering 142 km² from the Early Croatian fortresses of Trošenj and Nečven to the Šibenik Bridge, including 3.5 km of the course of the Čikola River, a national park.
National Park Kornati
The islands stretch parallel with the Dinaric Mountains from Dugi otok to the end of Kurba Vela and include 89 islands, islets and rocks – all together 35 km long and about 13 km wide. They were named after the biggest island, Kornat. This National Park is filled with places where you’ll believe that you are in a complete different world, released from modern world stress and worries.
Channel of St. Anthony
The St Anthony Channel, also known as «the Šibenik Channel», is part of a wider area «Channel – Port», a significant landscape protected in 1974. It is more than 2000 metres long and between 140 and 220 metres wide. Šibenik Channel of St Anthony is one of the most beautiful parts of the Adriatic coast and most lavish maritime entrances to a city. Besides its natural beauties noticeable even at a glance and marvellous panoramic view on Šibenik, Šibenik archipelago and St Nicholas fortress, this channel hides numerous cultural and natural values.
Well-arranged trails, pier and panoramic viewpoints, cultural heritage and recreational facilities provide a variety of different activities throughout the area (walking, jogging, Nordic walking, orienteering, cycling, sightseeing, panoramic sightseeing, training and sport competitions organization etc.).
Exploring the region with the boat
Right way to fully experience Šibenik and its surrounding area is to visit it by a boat, or to use it as a departing port. Aforementioned Channel of St. Anthony is beautiful when entering the Šibenik Port and also when departing from Šibenik Port. No matter if you are starting your daily trip or seven day charter from Šibenik, or you are just visiting Šibenik on your way it is still magnificent place to be, even if it is just for a few hours.
There is a reason why National Park Kornati is often called “nautical paradise” in tourist publications. It is a place where you’ll enjoy your life, with no crowd around you, with no noise, and no rush, just nature, you and the boat. And really, in “slalom” sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the Kornati National Park, you will test all of your nautical skills, particularly if the weather puts in some effort…
National park is also reachable with a boat but only in a form of organized excursions.
One day trip from Split to Šibenik
A great opportunity to explore coast west from Split and to experience the best Dalmatia has to offer, from incredible Split, passing by lovely Island of Čiovo and Trogir, heading on and seeing Rogoznica and Primošten, maybe even making a little stop in some of the places, and finally reaching Split.
A fleet for chartering in Šibenik
One day Trip from Split to Šibenik
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