How about a national park?

Terms such as canyon and waterfalls somehow do not go in context together with sailing, sunbathing or snorkelling. Well, they fit very well together when it comes to summer holidays in Croatia. Combination of salty water sensations with those with sweet water makes a perfect match when visiting Krka National Park. Sailing NW from Split will take you to the city of Šibenik where the Krka River meets the Adriatic Sea.

Sailing its mouth provides you stunning scenery when passing the medieval St. Nicholas fortress that has been guarding Šibenik since the 15th century. Afterwards one has the exceptional view to the cathedral of St. Jacob, which is listed as the world heritage protected by UNESCO. Now, it is time to sail up the river follow its curves through the steep rock that make one of the most beautiful canyons in Croatia. The river trip ends when the bow of your gullet kisses the waters of Prokljan lake. Your skipper will continue the river flow and anchor the vessel in front of Skradin old town.

This is the place where you either rent a bike or take a shuttle boat to the Krka National Park. This is the place where mountain river Krka made its way through calcite stones, making stunning travertine barriers and magnificent waterfall system. Not only a beautiful scenery is presented here but also the traditional way of making flour as the place abounds with historic mills. Those who are more interested in cultural heritage might visit island Visovac up the river. This is the place where the Franciscans found their home back in 1445. Throughout the turbulent past of this region, Visovac has remained as the oasis of peace and prayer. On the other hand, the lovers of a good bite and drop can stay at the central part of the park and enjoy the offer f local cuisine. This is how we combine salty and sweet water during the same trip.

Enjoy your stay aboard!

Author: Ivo Biočina
Source: Hrvatska Turistička Zajednica