Vodice is a town north of Šibenik and south of Murter. They are one of the subregional centers of Šibenik-Knin County. Recently, they are known as a tourist center and are also known for hosting the CMC festival in June.
The town of Vodice has about ten thousand inhabitants and is one of the most popular Croatian summer resorts. Tourism here has a long tradition, about fifty years old, and for this time Vodice has managed to compete for the title of the most visited Middle Adriatic destination.
Prvić is an island in the Šibenik archipelago, near Vodice. The highest peak on the island is Vitković (79 m). On the island, there are two typical Dalmatian fishing villages: Prvić Luka and Šepurine are connected by one kilometer long road. The sepals are located on the western part of the island, and Prvić Luka is located on the southeastern part of the island. The island of Prvić is a natural extension of the island of Zlarin, which is proved by numerous underwater perches and ridge Raženik and Lupac islet. The island lies 1 n/m south-east of the town of Vodice. It is interesting that this island is not made of limestone as the other islands, but of the dolomite creek. The vibrant coves and coves attract the swimmers who seek the beauty of nature loneliness and peace.
Šibenik was originally built like an old Croatian fortress and was first mentioned in the middle of the 11th century in the realm of King Petar Krešimir IV, which is why many still call it ‘Krešimir Town’.
Šibenik is the capital and cultural, educational, administrative and economic center of Šibenik-Knin County.
Zlarin is a small island on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia near the town of Šibenik. It is administratively part of the Šibenik-Knin County. In winter time, the island has a population of 276 people, but from March to October the population grows considerably, up to more than 2,000 people. Zlarin has large population emigration in its past.
Zlarin’s highest point is Klepac at 169 meters above sea level. During sunny days, from this point, you can see the mountain Velebit and the volcanic island of Jabuka in the Adriatic Sea. Zlarin has a large number of cypress trees and pines, and other natural plants such as rosemary, figs, olives, etc. The interior parts of the island are uninhabited and covered with dense forests. Zlarin is one of the few islands in the Adriatic that do not allow car access.
Skradin is a town in Croatia, located on the Krka River 18 km north of Šibenik. It belongs administratively to the Šibenik-Knin County. Typical romantic Mediterranean city; with narrow paved streets and small passages. The stairs lead to the old fort on top of the hill where the Skradin lookout is. The old part of town is the most interesting part of Skradin and is well hidden.
Krka is the seventh national park in Croatia known for its large number of lakes and waterfalls. It got its name by the river Krka which is part of the park. The National Park is located in central Dalmatia downstream of Miljevac and only a few kilometers northeast of the town of Šibenik. It covers the area along the river Krka, which runs at the foot of the Dinara mountain near Knin, flows through a 75 km long canyon, flows through Prokljansko jezero (lake) and affects the Šibenik Bay. It extends over 109 square kilometers, of which 25.6 square kilometers make up the water surface. Rijeka Krka today has 7 sedge waterfalls and its beauty is a natural karst phenomenon, which is recommended to visit in the spring and summer because it is then in full splendor and can be refreshed in fresh water.
Krka became a national park on January 24, 1985, and the seventh national park in Croatia. It is famous for a large number of lakes and waterfalls.
The hydroelectric power plant Jaruga under the slopes of Skradin is the second oldest hydropower plant in the world and the first in Europe. It was built on August 28, 1895, just three days after the world’s first hydropower plant on Niagara Falls.
Kornati or Kornati islands are islands in central Dalmatia, west of Šibenik and south of Zadar, within the Šibenik-Knin County. The island consists of about 150 islands spread over a surface of 320 km2.
The island was declared a national park in 1980. The total area of the park is about 220 km2 and consists of 89 islands, islets and cliffs. From the surface of the park, only about 1/4 is mainland, while the remaining part of the marine ecosystem. Kornat, with a surface of 32.44 km2, is the largest island in this island and occupies two-thirds of the National Park. The island is 25.2 km long and is 2.5 km wide.
The islands have no permanent settlements. The Kornati Islands are the most densely populated island in the whole Mediterranean, located in the middle part of the Croatian Adriatic. The archipelago is divided into two groups: Lower Kornati and Upper Kornati. Out of the 152 Kornati islands, 89 of them were declared for 1980 as a national park due to the exceptional beauty of the landscape, the great coastal indivisibility, and rich marine flora and fauna.
NP Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a particular geological and hydrogeological karst phenomenon. The Plitvice Lakes Complex was proclaimed a national park on April 8, 1949. It is the largest, oldest and most visited Croatian national park. It represents a wooded mountain area with 16 lakes of different sizes, filled with crystal blue-green water. Lakes get water from numerous rivers and streams and are interconnected by cascades and waterfalls. Sitting barriers, created in the course of about ten thousand years, are one of the fundamental peculiarities of the Park. Special geographic position and specific climatic features contributed to the emergence of many natural phenomena and rich biodiversity. Sedinated sediments have been shaped from Pleistocene to today in cramps and depressions between the surrounding mountains. The upper lakes in the south are mostly made up of dolomites, and the Lower Lakes in the north of limestone rocks.
Spacious forest complexes, exceptional natural beauty of lakes and waterfalls, rich flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasts of autumn colors, forest paths and wooden junctions and much more are part of the unmistakable universe which UNESCO proclaimed a world heritage site in 1979 amongst the first in the world. The park is divided into the narrow and broader zone according to the degree of protection. It is located in the area of two counties, 91% of the park is in Lika-Senj County and 9% in Karlovac County.
The first serious beginnings of tourism on Plitvice Lakes originate in 1861. In 2011 there were more than a million visitors for the first time in the history of this national park.