Welcome to Adriatic - Feel the Breeze of Wind with the Grain of Salt
Airport and transport - Šibenik (16 km); airports in Zadar (around 70 km) and Split (around 60 km).
History – the surroundings have been inhabited since the Neolithic period; the oldest settlement dates from the year 3500 BC; the first data about the town dates from the year 339 BC; in prehistorical times it was the capital of Liburnia (Illyrian Scardona) and later the capital of the Roman Province of Liburnia (administrative and military centre of the region; of which the ruins of its buildings, waterworks and epigraphical monuments can still be seen); the centre of the early Christian Diocese was founded here in 530 AD; it was the principal town of Croatia and Bosnia (in 14th century).
Interesting to see: Belvedere and early medieval fortress of ban Pavao Šubić of Bribir (13th century); Baroque Catholic Church of the Parturition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (18th century; containing a very valuable pipe organ); Orthodox Church of St. Spiridon (19th century; a donation from Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Francis Joseph); Town Museum (rich collection of exhibit items from the pre-historical age, Liburnian period and period of Antiquity to the late Middle Ages); Parish House (rich collection of works of art and a library); Bribirska Glavica (15 km far; on 300 meter high hill; the ancient Liburnian settlement been named the Croatian City of Troy; due to its strategic position it has been the central town of the entire area for almost 6000 years; rich collection of exhibit items dating from the prehistorical to the late medieval period).
Info – town is settled in the bay with mix of fresh and saltwater; population about 3 986; the entire town core represents a protected cultural monument; the Liburnians shipped their products (before the Roman period) on vessels called liburnia; Skradin had the first hydroelectric power plant in Europe (opened in 1895); Skradin is known for its variety in seafood including fish and seashells (there are also fish and mussels farms).
Happenings: Skradin festival of klapa singing (a cappella singing).
Inevitable to see: The Skradinski Buk (ethno-village received the prestigious award “Entante Florale – Golden Flower of Europe”; illustrate the way of life of the inhabitants of that area); the Guduća Nature Reserve (one of the most diverse ornithological reserves in Europe; the marsh vegetation enables the survival of rare bird species of which some are on the verge of extinction; Guduća is the home of the bee-eater, one of the most beautiful birds in Europe)
Inevitable to taste: famous white wine Debit (long tradition of wine making, from the age of Antiquity; in 1932, wine variety debit (from Bedrica family) won the grand prix award at the wine fair in Toulouse, France and was declared one of the six best wines in the world); Jujuba brandy; rose petal liqueur; walnut brandy; olive oil (long tradition); supreme prosciutto (ham dried in the north-eastern bora wind of the Skradin hinterland); Skradin cake (delicacy made of almonds, walnuts and honey, once prepared for newlyweds for their first wedding night); Skradin veal risotto (carefully cooked for 8, 9 sometimes 11 hours; according to tradition prepared only by men); Koprtlje (unusual archaic delicacy; small sticks of prosciutto ham and bacon wrapped over lamb offal and cooked with chunks of dried meat); Sausages from the Skradin hinterland (spiced with nutmeg and juice from garlic soaked in white wine); dried lamb; Cold Skradin eel brodetto served with polenta (made from corn flour ground); home-made jams (service berries, strawberry-tree berries and figs with herbs); sugared or salted almonds and dry figs; Peka (dishes prepared under a metal cover and glowing fire; coals and hot ashes are scattered on top; food stays succulent and has a specific flavor, neither cooked nor baked; usually lamb, veal, octopus or rooster (at Bribirska Glavica the evidence of a rooster prepared in this manner has been discovered dating from the Liburnian period)).
Good to know: the most beautiful and breathtaking view of Skradin from belvedere (situated on highway; route A1, towards Split) was nominated for the Golden Flower of Europe award for the most beautiful belvedere on European auto routes.
Skradin (enter is after passing through the Šibenik channel, river bed of Krka and the Prukljanski isthmus; river is marked with a lot of red and green lighthouses; enter in the harbor Skradin is marked with the lighthouses on the cape Lukovo (red light) and on the cape Dut (green light); near marina on the W coast is the lighthouse (green light)): Exposed to bora (during the long-lasting and strong bora water level is getting lower) and waves from jugo; shelter from all winds is in marina (except from the smaller waves caused by jugo). Berth: in marina Skradin or along the waterfront on the NE coast (along which is depth of around 2 m). Shallow: left side of the coast. Warning: sail on the right side of the waterway; river (in its first half) somewhere narrows to 100 m (depths from 7-40 m), and later to 80 m (depths from 7-11 m); in the bay (where is marina) current flows (along NW coast have entering direction, and along NE coast exit direction); along the mole dock tourist boats (so it is not advisable to use it for the berth); when sail into the Prukljansko lake one should sail toward the cape Oštrica (with the lighthouse; green light).
Rasline: exposed to bora and jugo (both blow strongly and create big waves); shelter (from bora and jugo) is from the inner side of the mole (with the breakwater). Berth: from the inside of the breakwater on the first half (from the head; sheltered from bora and jugo). Warning: around 0.5 NM SE from the port there is a reef Dragačin that should be sailed around from the E side; berth is possible opposite the breakwater (by the smaller mole) but only by the head (where is 2 m deep) further toward the heel is shallow; port is not suitable for longer stay.
Vrulje: sheltered from bora. Anchorage: on the middle of the bay (depth from 4-5 m).