Step deeper into the hilly karst, cross untouched rivers, unstoppable streams and rich lakes, climb the magnificent mountains to enjoy the unforgettable views it offers hinterland of Šibenik-Knin County.
Krka National Park
Krka National Park encompasses the area along the river Krka, which flows through a deep and picturesque canyon 75 kilometers long, forming noisy waterfalls, such as the magnificent Roški waterfall and the fantastic Skradinski buk (45,7 meters), the largest travertine cascades in Europe. The island of Visovac is located in the middle of a lake-like extension, where green water has created a karst plateau, giving rise to a harmonious blend of natural and historical heritage. The island, which through centuries of diligent work has been transformed by monks into a charming place full of trees, colorful flowers, fruits and vegetables, is an irresistible attraction that equally attracts many pilgrims and tourists.
Velebit Nature Park
Velebit is the longest Croatian mountain. The entire length of 150 kilometers Velebit, together with two national parks and a number of smaller specially protected areas, is protected as a nature park. With over 2.000 square kilometers of area, Velebit Nature Park is the largest protected area in Croatia. This magnificent mountain has two faces, a rugged bareness on the coast and endless forests on the continental side. The area is rich in natural values, such as unusual rock formations, wild canyons, deep pits and caves and is especially rich in endemic species of plants and animals. Due to its special natural value, in 1978 UNESCO included the Velebit mountain in the international network of biosphere reserves - MAB.
Krka river system
Significant landscape of the river Krka from the Skradinski bridge to the mouth it has been protected since 1968. The site is a typical submerged river valley, where in fact the entire area from Skradin to the Fortress of St. Nicholas forms an estuary. Upstream from the borders of the national park, the river has a partly canyon and partly lowland flow and springs at the foot of the Topoljski buk waterfall. Along the way, it is joined by numerous tributaries, such as the river Krčić, which stands out with its deep and picturesque canyon. Special mention should be made of the meandering of the Krka in the lowland part of the stream, which is extremely rare in karst reliefs, and some extraordinary travertine trails that stretch through this area, which dries up during the summer months.
The site of Vrela Cetina with an area of 29,81 hectares has been protected as a landscape of special importance since 1972. This area contains a number of karst springs, with three main ones located at the foot of the Dinara. The springs attract attention with their distinct clarity, blue-green color and depth, and one of them The Great Springs submerged is a speleological object over 150 m deep. Not far from the spring is the oldest old Croatian church in Croatia, the church of St. Salvation, erected in the ninth century.
The rocky Dinaric mountain range forms the natural border between Croatia and Bosnia and contains some of the extremely beautiful hiking trails and offers a spectacular panoramic view. The eponymous peak of Dinara, in the shape of a stone human head, with its 1.831 meters is the highest peak in Croatia and with dozens of other magnificent peaks attracts many adventurers in search of breathtaking landscapes and a loneliness that fills with pleasure. The mountain is a natural habitat for many endemic and endangered species that find refuge in less accessible areas of the mountain range.
Geological monument of nature Stara straža
The rock formation called Stara straža has been protected as a significant landscape since 1961 and is located a few kilometers from Knin on the road to Gračac. This site, which covers an area of 1,17 hectares, is particularly interesting because of nicely visible wrinkles in the stone about 15 meters wide and about 5 meters high, which represent the wavy bent layers of the Earth 's crust formed under the influence of lateral pressure due to the displacement of the rock mass. The old guard is very important because of its characteristic profiles, namely paleontological, mineralogical, petrographic and sedimentological, interesting for learning geological concepts such as stratification, wrinkles and faults.
Canyon of the river Čikola
The picturesque canyon of the river Čikola, the largest tributary of the river Krka, has been protected as a significant landscape since 1965. This magnificent canyon in places it is up to 130 meters deep, and the site is an exceptional geomorphological and hydrological phenomenon of the karst landscape. This locality is extremely important because traces of human presence from the Paleolithic era, around 18.000 BC, have been found in its caves. The flora and fauna of the canyon contain 298 species of plants, four species of fish, four species of amphibians and 22 species of mammals, of which the most numerous are bats.
Source: Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board
Cover photo: Velebit Nature Park / Lika Destination