THE CENTRE OF THE CROATIAN ADRIATIC
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.
The Central Mediterranean, a fortified town by the sea, the library of the historical sites and culture, protected by the limestone rocks and mountain hinterland, blessed with more than 300 islands, islets, cliffs and reefs in its waters, a rich vineyard treasury united in a unique poetry of the urban centre.
Gods had mercy as they drew this area; from the National park of the river Krka, its rocky surroundings, waterfalls and the islet Visovac, on which the Franciscans monastery found its setting, to the canyon of the river Krka, where the oldest orthodox monastery is situated; from the picturesque vineyards of Primošten to the National park Kornati looking like the white tears spread on the blue 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.
The Town of Šibenik is the oldest originally Croatian town on the Croatian coast, mentioned for the first time in 1066 in a document written by the Croatian king Petar Krešimir IV – therefore it is often called the Town of Krešimir.
Imagine yourself living in the 15th century and looking at the outstanding construction made of white stone blocks in the clouds without any supporting part made of wood or any other connecting material – surely it would seem to you as a dream. Today exactly this construction is the most significant one in the area of Šibenik, built up in precisely 105 years in a unique Gothic and Renaissance style with a frieze of 71 human heads in the exterior, and sculptures and mosaics in the interior – the Cathedral of St. Jacob was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000.
The Town of Šibenik has one more name – the City of Children, because it is in continuation for almost 50 years the host to the only children’s manifestation in Croatia with international reputation, the International Children’s Festival, known world-wide.
The Town of Vodice is the biggest tourist centre of the region known for its liveliness and rich and various tourist offer – an ideal place for vacations, where everyone can find something for himself.
Vodice is situated along the shore in a large bay, 11 km north-west from Šibenik, geographically in the centre of the region. The first written document about Vodice dates from 1402. Today there are about 8 000 inhabitants, this number rises in the summer months.
If you are among those who really want to rest while on vacation, Srima is the right choice for you. You can choose among a number of private apartments right on the seaboard. After you have your breakfast on the terrace, you will literally step down to a beautifully maintained beach and clean sea. If you feel like some summer partying after a whole day of lying in the sun and swimming, Vodice is not far away. Vodice and Srima have actually been one for a long time – few people know where Vodice stops and Srima begins.
Region in southern Croatia, located in the north-central part of Dalmatia