Krka National Park
The national park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. The purpose of the park is primarily to serve science, culture, education and recreation, while tourism activities have also been introduced for its visitors.
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 …more at http://www.np-krka.hr/en/
Kornati National Park
The Kornati archipelago of Croatia, also known as the Stomorski islands, is located in the northern part of Dalmatia, south from Zadar and west from Šibenik, in the Šibenik-Knin county. With 35 km length and 140 islands, some large, some small, in a sea area of about 320 square km, the Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. From northwest to southeast (from the island of Balabra to Samograd), and from northeast to southwest (from Gangarol to Mana) they stretch for 13 km (8 miles). The name of the archipelago is the plural form of the name of the largest island, called Kornat.
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Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik–Knin County and also the third-largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea.
Šibenik is in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, 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 and Knin County covers about 1,860 square kilometres and surrounds the islands, the coast and the hinterland. Šibenik and Knin County has 242 islands, islets and above-sea reefs. Most of this archipelago is in the north-western part of Šibenik’s waters and is especially indented, bare and sparsely inhabited. The area of Šibenik has only 10 island settlements. The most numerous group of islands are the Kornati, widely known for their bizarre shapes and splendid natural beauties.
Amongst all Croatian towns on the Adriatic coast Šibenik is set apart by its unique location in a picturesque and open bay, at the mouth of the Krka River. Created initially as an ancient Croatian castrum, a fortification or encampment, at the bottom of St. Michael’s Fortress that still dominates the town, Šibenik was mentioned for the first time in 1066, in a document issued by the most important Croatian ruler – the king Petar Krešimir IV. Šibenik obtained the status of a native Croatian town in 1290, when the Diocese of Šibenik was established.
The view over Šibenik reveals the unique harmony of the urban poetics of the town and its natural surroundings. The harbor, which is connected to the open sea by the St. Anthony Strait, has been an initiator of marittime affairs development, trading and the overall economic prosperity of the town for centuries. At the entrance into the Strait is the fortress of St. Nicholas, the most important renaissance fortress on the eastern coast of the Adriatic.
Together with the fortresses of St. Michael, St. John and Šubićevac surrounding the town, it is a symbol of the centuries old continuous resistence of Šibenik, as confirmed in the recent Croatian War of Independence.
Šibenik’s St. James’ Cathedral, built over more than a century, is testimony to the persistency, sacrifice and belief of generations of Šibenik inhabitants.
The town of Vodice is a tourist centre famous for its lively and various tourist offer and pleasant people.
It is a coastal town located in a wide bay, 11 km northwest from the town of Šibenik, the centre of Šibenik-knin County.
The town of Vodice numbers 10,000 inhabitants, and is considered an ideal place for vacation where everyone can find something that they will enjoy. First settlements developed in Vodice hinterland as early as the prehistoric age. Roots and history are hidden on both sides of the road leading into town.
Today Rakitnica, Mrdakovica, Pišća, Kamena and Okit are names of a fertile estate owned by our hard working farmers, and they used to be residences and villages where people lived. Numerous materials testify to continuous life on these fields since Iron Age. The settlements expanded over time, new inhabitants arrived and new cultures emerged.
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Prvić is a small island in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea. It is situated in the Šibenik archipelago, about half a mile from the mainland, in the vicinity of Vodice. The whole island is under protection of the Croatian Ministry of Culture since the island is considered a cultural heritage.
Prvić’s main industries are agriculture (grapes, olives and figs), fishing and tourism. The sea around Prvić is quite rich with fish. Inhabitants of Prvić are known for making tasty and healthy olive oil and good wine. As mentioned, they often go fishing as well. Therefore, Mediterranean cuisine, especially Dalmatian, is common. Tourism is the most important economic branch on the island. There is just one hotel on the island, Hotel Maestral in Prvić Luka, but locals rent their apartments, houses and villas for tourists.
There are three Roman Catholic churches on the island. Two in Šepurine and one in Prvić Luka. The smaller church in Šepurine was built-in medieval times, and the bigger one in the 19th century. There are many cultural events on the island during the year, such as music concerts, art exhibitions, many sport competitions and others.
Every year on August 2 there is a local celebration in Prvić Luka, and on August 16 the fešta is in Šepurine.
There are two villages on the island: Prvić Luka and Šepurine.
The island’s total area is 2.37 km2 and has a population of 403 (as of 2011). Prvić is the third most densely populated island in Croatia. Šepurine is located on the west side of the island opposite Vodice. Prvić Luka is situated in the biggest bay on the southeast side and it is well protected from the northern and western winds. Famous Croatian bishop, inventor and polymath Faust Vrančić is buried in a church in Prvić Luka.
In Šepurine the Faust Vrančić family had a large baroque-style summer residence which is now in the possession of the Draganić family.
Saint Ante Antić was born in Šepurine.
There are no cars on the whole island, except a fire truck. There are a few tractors and bicycles.
Many ancient and medieval artifacts were found on the island.
The coastline of the island is 10.6 km (6.6 miles) long.
Island Kaprije is a small island of the Šibenik archipelago area of 7 km 2, located about 7km southwest of Tribunj.
Kaprije is the only settlement in the main and largest of the twenty bay located in the southwestern part of the island and is naturally sheltered from all winds surrounded by hills with a breathtaking view of the archipelago and the islands Kakan and Žirje. Crystal clear waters, quiet and relaxing places, nature is what best describes this island.