THE ŠIBENIK REGION
The Crown of Islands
Sailing through the Adriatic from the north to the south, we reached Dalmatia. Next to the stone, the sea is the most stirring picture of Dalmatia, and the region of Šibenik, the central Adriatic, exemplifies it best.
Who has not heard of Kornati yet - a unique group of islands in the Mediterranean. It is not enough to say that they are beautiful, they are hard to compare - simply, you need to experience them in the sunrise mist or at the close of the day when the sea turns red and the sun sinks somewhere in the depths, in the west.
While the Kornati islands are ruled by water (the sea), a different picture appears on the mainland. This is where the stone prevails, only for the river Krka to look more magnificent, more divine, making its way through the stone landscape. Due to its waterfalls, it is one of the most beautiful European rivers.
It is no wonder then that the Kornati islands and the Krka canyon have been declared national parks and placed among the best-visited places in Croatia.
Let us mention Šibenik, the town of the Croatian king Krešimir, who had his seat in it 900 years ago. Šibenik will fascinate us with its old town. The town of Krešimir keeps an invaluable monument in that old centre - a cathedral made of white stone with a stone roof, unique on a global scale and protected by the UNESCO as an exceptionally valuable renaissance work of the Dalmatian builders, among whom Juraj Dalmatinac is the most famous one.
The Zadar region is the northernmost part of Dalmatia, its gate of welcome to all those who travel from the north of the Adriatic. It is full of contrasts, rich in historic heritage and breathtakingly beautiful nature. The first, and therefore perhaps the most intense experience of these parts, are the intense colours, that particular harmony of the vivid blue of the sea and over it the dark green of pine trees or olive groves that descend all the way to the shore. And to all that the brilliant white of the Dalmatian stone must be added - it forms the beaches either in slabs or broken down into gravel or pebbles, attracting numerous tourists...
Dalmatia's centre is 3000-year-old Zadar, a city with the largest researched Roman forum on the Croatian side of the Adriatic and unforgettable Romanesque churches like St. Donatus, St. Anastasia and St. Chrisogonus. Nearby Nin (the oldest Croatian royal city) boasts the smallest cathedral in the world (the Church of the Holy Cross measures but 36 paces!). The region of Zadar tells the story of the sources of Croatian cultural heritage better than any book.
Source: ACI Catalogue 2011