There are 147 islands and islets of various size in the Kornati archipelago ! They have no permanent inhabitants, though there exist a few villages. Vrulje is the main village of the main island. It has a few houses, no permanent inhabitants. The owners of the houses come in summer, mostly from Murter peninsula. Vrulje is proud of its 3 "streets" and 50 houses !
The main part of the Kornati archipelago is a National Park
In Summer, the Kornati are characterized by three colors : the blue of the sky, the dark blue of the sea and inserted between both, the dazzling white of the islands. Once you have seen that, you will never forget it !
From Zadar and Murter, it is possible to do day trips on the islands but the best way to enjoy them is to sail around the islands. See my Kornati Islands National Park page.
A National Park of Krka is an extensive, mainly unaltered area of exceptional and diverse natural values, including one or more conserved or insignificantly changed ecosystems. Its purpose is primarly scientific, cultural, educational and recreational, and the function of the tourist industry is to assist people to visit and look around.
The park is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River, just a few kilometres from the town of Šibenik. The park is characterized by exceptionally rich and varied flora and fauna. The abundance of various species of birds, over 200, and the great significance for spring and autumn migrations make NP Krka among the ornithologically most valuable regions of Europe.
There are number of attractions and facilities available for the visitors, such as footpaths, sightseeing tours, boat trips, ethno museum and restaurants. In the summer season bathing and swimming is allowed in the area of Skradinski buk.
Krka was proclaimed a national park in 1985 and it is the seventh national park in Croatia.It is located in the Šibenik and Knin county, and occupies an area of 111km2 along the course of the Krka River, two kilometres downstream from Knin to Skradin, and two lower course of the Cikola River.
The Krka River rises at the foot of Mt Dinara not far from Knin, and its about 72 km long.
The total area of its basin is 2.088 km2 Krka, with its seven travertine falls of Bilušica buk 22,4 m, Corica buk or Brljan 15,5 m, Manojlovacki slapovi 32 m, Rošnjak 8,4 m, Miljacka slap 23,8 m, Roški slap 25,5 m, and Skradinski buk 17 steps with a total height of 45,7 m and a total drop of 242 m, is a phenomenon of nature and the karst. The travertine, limestone sedimented from water, which builds the travertine curtains , sills, beards and other geomorphological forms, is the fundamental phenomenon and principal feature of the National Park.
The Krka National Park belongs climatically to southern Europe, the Mediterranean or sub-Mediterranean, because of its particular position and the mosaic-like disposition of various types of habitiat it is distinguished by an exceptional rich and diverse flora and fauna. Eight hundred and sixty species and sub-species of plants have been recored as growing in the area of the park, among them being a number of Illyrian-Adriatic endemics.
Because of the richness of their flora, at the point of contact between dry and warm, and moist and stony habitiats, Roški slap, with its canyon vegetation, and barriers to be observed, are particularly interesting.
Eighteen kind of fish live in the Krka River, including ten endemic species, putting it among the highest category of natural features. The reedbeds, the lacustrine parts of the river's course and the water meadows are alive with amphibia and water birds, while the bush and stony area abound with reptiles.
The region of the Krka River abounds in traces of ancient settlements, with numerous historical and cultural features of interest. The most ancient signs of human habitation along the Krka are Palaeolithic finds, Neolithic ceramics, flint knives and fragments of bone and urns. Along the high bank of the Krka, between Skradin (protected in its entirety as a cultural monument, and Skradinski buk there are remains of the ancient aqueduct of Roman Scardona.
Inside the park there are the remains of several medieval Old Croatian fortresses, from the 14th century: Trošenj-grad, Necven-grad, Bogocin-grad and Kljucica. In terms of size and degree of preservation, these are some of the most important fortified buildings in Croatia.
Besides the Franciscan church and the monastery, another ecclesiastical building in the park worth to see is St. Archangel monastery with its rich artistic and cultural treasures. This monastery is available by boat-tour only, from the direction of entrance nr. 2 of Skradin.
The park can be toured from the water, by road or on foot. I suggest you foot tour which will attracts you by miraculous mixture of travertine and waterfalls, water which falls in lavish cascades, green valleysand wood covers.
Rocks, cliffs, caves, chasms, holes, small confluences, all these together create an image of something unusual and dramatic.
Bathing is not permitted in the Park outside the allowed and designated places, and the following are not allowed at all: diving and fishing with an underwater spear gun, angling without a licence, hunting, catching or disturbing the game or other animal species, picking or damaging the indigenous plants, breaking or damaging the travertine, taking dogs without a lead, filming or photographing for commercial purposes without permission, driving motor vehicles without permission on roads on which traffic is forbidden or limited, camping and lighting fires outside the designated places, dumping rubbish and polluting the springs and water-courses, or walking on the travertine barriers beyond the permitted paths.
Thousands of tourists visit The National Park Krka every summer because the Krka is one of the most interesting and the most beautuful excursion centres in Dalmatia.
The main entrance to the National Park is at the plateau Lozovac, near town of Skradin and near Roški slap.
The number of species, 222, the structure of the bird community and the great importance that Krka has for the spring and autumn migrations mean that it is otnithologically one of the most important regions in Europe. Among the mammals, the most important are perhaps the bats, eighteen species of which live here, many of them endangered or facing extinction in other parts of Europe.
The krka national park is a recently established park (1985) with loads of attractions and activities suitable both for active or less active people - so everyone should visit it. There's waterfalls, lakes where you can swim, a watermill museum at Skradinski Buk and the possibility of taking a great "cruise" to Visovac and Roski Slap. Visovac is a lovely monastary set scenically on an island in the middle of a lake - the boat leaves you 30 minutes to explore the little island. From there on it takes you to Roski Slap, a "chain" of waterfalls at the very end of the lake - where you'll stop for about an hour. There are a couple of restored watermills that have been turned into simple restaurants, and you can have delicious food there and maybe even go for a swim before returning back to Skradinski Buk.
The park can be reached by public bus from Sibenik
Primosten is a tiny old town surrounded on three sides by water - and it's a well known place to spend the summer for Croatian people. Someone I met on the bus told me about it, and I was intrigued - so I had to go there. She did not lie, it's truly a great place to visit. There is an old medieval gate and some really charming narrow streets that lead up to a little church: there're lovely views up there on the surrounding country and seaside. And then there are two wonderful stone beaches lined by pine trees. And the sea... oh, crystal clear - and the colour: from emerald green to pure blue! To die for! A perfect place for a day out, in balance between being a beach bum and exploring somewhere new.
To get to Primosten there are hourly buses from Sibenik, and the ride takes about 30 minutes.